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Department Chair for Grayslake North: Adrijana Bisevac, abisevac@d127.org 
Department Chair for Grayslake Central: Jason Janczak, jjanczak@d127.org

^^ means the course meets the graduation requirement for required courses

 

Freshman

 

Sophomore

 

Junior

 

Senior

^^World History

 

Current Issues

 

^^United States History

 

^^Government

             

^^World History Honors

 

Geography

 

^^American Studies Honors: 

In Search of America

 (2 periods, w/English)

 

^^Government Honors

             

^^Big History

 

Economics

 

^^U.S. History Honors

 

^^AP Government & Politics

             

^^AP World History

 

Sociology

 

^^AP U.S. History

 

Current Issues

             

AP Human Geography *

(see note at bottom of page)

 

AP Economics

 

Current Issues

 

Geography

             
   

AP European History

 

Geography

 

Economics

             
   

AP Human Geography

 

Economics

 

Sociology

             
   

AP World History

 

Sociology

 

Psychology

             
   

Big History

 

Psychology

 

Public Service Practicum

             
       

Public Service Practicum

 

20th Century World Studies

(2 period)

             
       

AP Economics

 

AP Comparative Government

             
       

AP European History

 

AP Economics

       

AP Human Geography

 

AP European History

             
       

AP World History

 

AP Human Geography

             
       

AP Psychology

 

AP World History Modern

             
       

Big History

 

AP Psychology

             
           

Big History

*Students who take AP Human Geography freshman year must meet the World History requirement by taking AP World History, World History Honors, or AP European History sophomore year

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade(s) Offered

Big History

None

1.0

9 - 12

World History

None

1.0

9 - 12

World History Honors

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Geography

None

0.5

10 - 12

Advanced Placement Human Geography

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

Current Issues

None

0.5

10 - 12

Economics (Blended option)

None

0.5

10 - 12

Advanced Placement Economics

Yes

1.0

10 - 12

U.S. History

None

1.0

11 - 12

U.S. History Honors (Blended option)

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement U.S. History

Yes

1.0

11

American Studies

No

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement European History

Yes

1.0

10 - 12

Psychology

None

0.5

11 - 12

Advanced Placement Psychology

Yes

1.0

11 - 12

Sociology (Blended option at Central)

None

0.5

10 - 12

Government & Civics

None

0.5

12

Government & Civics Honors (Blended option at North)

Yes

0.5

12

Advanced Placement US Government and Politics

Yes

0.5

12

Advanced Placement Comparative Government

Yes

0.5

12

20th Century World Studies

None

1.0

12

Public Service Practicum  (Blended option)

None

1.0

11 - 12

Advanced Placement World History: Modern

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

See course description for all prerequisites

     

Social Studies Graduation Requirements: 

1.0 Credit of World History, Big History, World History Honors, or AP World History.  Students who successfully complete AP Human Geography their freshman year may meet this requirement through successful completion of AP European History their sophomore year.

1.0 Credit of U.S. History, U.S. History Honors, AP U.S. History, or American Studies Honors

0.5 Credit of Government & Civics, Government & Civics Honors, or AP Government and Politics (meets IL Civics and Constitution requirements)

0.5 Credit of an additional Social Studies elective

3.0 Credits Total of Social Studies 

World History   

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course includes the study of historical and modern world societies.  Particular attention is given to the types and roles of governments, major philosophies and religions, the causes and consequences of conflict, and the achievements and challenges faced by societies over time.  The use of primary sources, along with secondary readings and class discussion, encourages students to form critical interpretations of world history. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of skills such as reading, writing, document analysis, and problem solving.

Prereq    Prerequisite:  None   

Grades Grades offered: 9-10

World History Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course features an advanced study of ancient, medieval, and modern cultures.  The extensive use of primary sources, along with secondary readings and challenging class discussion, encourages students to form critical interpretations of world history.  Students will be involved in creative historical projects and essay writing based upon their interpretations of primary and secondary sources and class discussions. Students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful historical research throughout the course.  This course meets the World History requirement for graduation.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $7 - $10.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grades offered: 9-10

Geography

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is intended for students interested in using geographic studies to enhance their critical-thinking and interpretive skills.  Students will explore regional, physical, and cultural geography through the five themes of geography. Students will be given the opportunity to travel around the world through their studies, and become familiar with the fascinating environments of the world in which we live.

Prerequisite: None    

Grades offered: 10-12

Advanced Placement Human Geography

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed as a college-level survey of Human Geography in which students will analyze patterns and processes that shape human understanding, use and alteration of the surface of the Earth. Students will use maps and spatial data to pose and solve problems, and to examine human social organization and its impact on our environment.  Students will use the methods and tools of geographers to study population, cultural patterns, political organizations, rural and urban land use, and industrialization and economic development.  Summer work may be assigned in May of the preceding year and students may opt to purchase the standard textbook.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation needed for current students.  Incoming freshmen must be recommended by the Department Chair to take the course in lieu of World History regular or honors. 

Grades offered: 9-12

Current Issues

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is the study of contemporary world problems.  A global approach is used to make students aware that people from all over the earth are responsible for the continued existence and development of the human race.  In lieu of a textbook for the course, students will engage in relevant news media platforms that include: student news, documentaries, podcasts, and online news sources.  Students will engage in a variety of activities including discussion, debates and other projects to demonstrate depth of understanding of current issues to their lives and the world in which we live.

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered: 10-12

Economics

Credit: 0.5

(Blended option)

In this one-semester course, students identify and analyze concepts of a market economy, and learn to recognize the principle of scarcity as the driving force behind decisions.  Students participate in simulations, projects and class discussions that examine and illustrate real-life concepts such as individual decision making, basics of economic systems, supply and demand, pricing, national economic factors, solving global issues and personal finance.

Economics satisfies the Consumer Educations graduation requirement.  

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered: 10-12

Advanced Placement Economics

Credit: 1.0

In this two-semester course, students will study both micro and macro economics in preparation for the respective Advanced Placement exams.  In Micro Economics, students gain a thorough understanding of the role of consumers and producers within a free-enterprise system.  In-depth analysis of the various market structures as well as the fundamental concepts which drive the allocation of the world’s scarce resources will be the focus.  Macro Economics will include the study of economy-wide concerns.   Money and banking, unemployment, gross domestic product, interest rates and international trade are among the topics to be studied during the second half of the year.  Crucial concepts of personal finance will also be taught, including checking and savings accounts, budgeting and managing credit.  Students should be comfortable utilizing basic math and graphing skills for the course.  Advanced Placement Economics satisfies the Consumer Education graduation requirement.

Prerequisite:  Placement by recommendation.

Grades offered: 10-12

U.S. History

Credit: 1.0

In this two-semester course, students study American history through multiple and varied units of study that focus on historical events and their connection to present-day issues.  The course is structured to include not only a narrative of people, places, and events, but also analytical inquiry into the cultural, political, economic, and social aspects of the American experience.  Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the causality of events, the multiple perspectives inherent in the study of history, and essential reading, writing, primary source analysis, and research skills.  Throughout the course, an attempt is made to show the relationship between the past and the present, to cultivate understanding of the foreign and domestic problems faced by the United States. A key emphasis of the course is student-driven civic engagement and research into local and regional history.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered: 11-12

U.S. History Honors

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option)

In this two-semester accelerated course, students study American history chronologically starting with the colonial era and finishing with present-day issues.  The course is structured to include not only a narrative of people, places, and events, but also analytical inquiry into the cultural, political, economic, and social aspects of the American experience.  Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the causality of events, the multiple perspectives inherent in the study of history, and essential reading, writing, and research skills. Throughout the course, an attempt is made to show the relationship between the past and the present, to cultivate understanding of the foreign and domestic problems faced by the United States, and to shed light on the unique role of the United States as a major world power and its responsibilities to other nations as a leader of the free world.  A key emphasis of the course is student-driven civic engagement and research into local and regional history. The course features additional opportunities for primary and secondary source analysis, research, and presentations.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation   

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement

U. S. History 

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed to develop students’ analytic skills and provide the factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the events in U.S. History.  The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by offering the rigor and intensity of study consistent with such classes. Students learn to assess the relevance, reliability and importance of historical documents and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  A mandatory summer reading text and assignment must be completed by the student. Information will be given regarding the course and the summer assignment in May of the preceding year. It is recommended that students purchase an outside review book if they plan on taking the AP U.S. History Exam.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost of $15.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered: 11

American Studies

Honors

Credit:

1.0 Social   Studies

1.0  English

This two-semester Honors course offers an integrated approach to the study of American history and literature with the development of composition, reading, and research skills.  Students are scheduled for consecutive periods of U.S. History and Junior English, allowing separate study of the two disciplines, as well as activities which integrate the study of our nation’s history and its literature.  A key emphasis of the course is student-driven civic engagement and research into local and regional history. This two-period class fulfills the graduation requirement of one year of U.S. History and one year of English.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30 for the U.S. History component of the course.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  None    

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement European History Credit: 1.0

This course will focus on Europe and the influence that the European experience has had on the rest of the world.  The course covers the period from 1450 to the present, starting with the Renaissance and going beyond the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Soviet style communism in Eastern Europe.  The political, diplomatic, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history of Europe is studied by examining primary, secondary, and visual sources.  The development of critical historical skills including document analysis and interpretation, thesis driven essay writing, historical causation, change and continuity over time, comparison, and contextualization is a focal point of this course. This course is designed as a college level course and will be both challenging and rewarding for students.  This course will meet the World History graduation requirement only for students who take AP Human Geography as a Freshman.   

Prerequisite Courses:  World History Regular or World History Honors or AP Human Geography. Placement by recommendation.

Grades offered: 10-12

Psychology

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of psychology such as brain function, learning, memory, states of consciousness, personality theory, human development, and abnormal psychology.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and student understanding of how psychological phenomena impact human relationships. Students enrolled in this course will be provided with the opportunity to actively engage in small and large-group discussions as they examine and apply psychological concepts and theories to their own lives. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None     

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement Psychology

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice, as well as critically examine and discuss an array of topics including history and approaches, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. This course will be similar to an introductory college-level psychology course, and will include discussions, experiments, lecture, demonstrations, cooperative learning, interactive web activities, essays, projects, and research-based assignments. Critical thinking and discussion are regular components of the course. 

A mandatory summer assignment may be distributed by the teacher in May of the preceding year.  

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grades offered:  11 – 12

Sociology

Credit: 0.5

(Blended option at Central)

This one-semester course touches on the essential concepts of sociology. The main topics of study are sociological perspectives, culture, socialization, gender studies, racial and ethnic inequality, socioeconomic stratification, family dynamics, and crime and deviance.  The course requires students to perform scholarly research, prepare and perform numerous presentations, engage in class dialogues and process information through various writing exercises.  The sociology classroom demands academic determination and a desire to engage in class discussion.

Prerequisite: None     

Grades offered: 10-12

Government & Civics 

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course introduces the fundamental concepts and structure of federal, state, and local government; methods of selecting candidates for office; methods by which individuals and groups may influence government officials; and the mechanics of voting.  Emphasis is placed on individual rights and the importance of being a well-informed citizen. The Federal and Illinois Constitution tests required for graduation by the State of Illinois are taken during this course. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation.  This course also meets the Illinois civic education requirement.

Prerequisite: None    

Grade offered: 12

Government & Civics Honors 

Credit: 0.5

(Blended option at North)

This one-semester course introduces the fundamental concepts and structure of federal, state, and local government; methods of selecting candidates for office; methods by which individuals and groups may influence government officials; and the mechanics of voting.  Emphasis is placed on individual rights and the practice of being well-informed citizens.  The Federal and Illinois Constitution tests required for graduation by the State of Illinois are taken during this course.  Successful completion of this course is required for graduation. This course also meets the Illinois civic education requirement.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered:  12

Advanced Placement

U.S. 

Government and Politics

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is intended for students who wish to pursue a class that is equivalent to a one-semester college introductory class in American government and politics.  The course is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  The class also covers fundamental concepts to familiarize students with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the political reality of today. The Federal and Illinois Constitution tests required for graduation by the State of Illinois are taken during this course.  It is the goal of this course to develop skills of argumentation and responsible citizenship. Completion of this course will fulfill the government graduation requirement.  This course also meets the Illinois civic education requirement.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered: 12

Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course is intended for students who wish to pursue a class that is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in Comparative Government and Politics.  The course is designed to give students a solid background in international relations, comparative politics, the practice of political science, and governing structures. The course emphasizes the comparison of history, political culture, institutions, constitutions, political parties, media, interest groups and policy making of six various political systems.  The political systems studied are Great Britain, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria and Mexico. Course activities include reading periodicals and daily newspapers, as well as, a college textbook, and supplementary readings.  

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered: 12

20th Century World Studies

Credit:

1.0 Social Studies

1.0  English

This two-semester, two-credit course, offers an integrated approach to the study of world cultures of the 20th Century.  Course emphasis is placed on the history and literature of the 20th Century, but a variety of other humanistic sources and cultural expressions will be explored. This is an interdisciplinary liberal arts consideration of the 20th Century with emphasis on composition, reading and research skills, and the practical applications of critical thinking.  The course will require the steadfast commitment of students, challenging them to approach each course text with an analytical mind and a critical eye.  The definition of “text” is taken here in its broadest form, including but not limited to film, posters, literature, music, art, documents - essentially, the “stuff” that represents for us the 20th Century.  With the confidence and character gained from these discussions, projects and interactions, students will be better prepared to pursue their individual passions and participate responsibly and effectively in the 21st Century.  The course is structured as a team-taught course for two class periods per day. Students will receive both a Senior English course credit as well as an elective social studies course credit.

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered: 12

Public Service Practicum 

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option)

This blended two-semester course integrates the curriculum with service learning and gives students an opportunity to transfer classroom learning into real life experiences.  PSP consists of two components: classroom instruction and service-learning projects. Students gain a greater awareness of their community and the needs that exist, engage in experiential learning, solve real world problems, and learn what it means to live in a democratic society by actively participating in the government and community.  This will be done by studying social issues that impact the community, learning about the public service agencies that address these issues, and developing and implementing community service projects to solve these problems in the Grayslake community. PSP class is a project management class where students learn leadership and management skills through the planning and implementation of service projects.  

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.  

Available for dual credit through College of Lake County

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered:  11-12

Advanced Placement World History: Modern

Credit: 1.0

AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in several historical periods from approximately 1200 C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.   

Prerequisite:  Placement by recommendation

Grades offered:  9-12

Big History

Credit: 1.0

In this year-long course, students will use several disciplines, including history, anthropology, geography, chemistry, biology, and physics (among others), to gain a more complete perspective on how humans fit into the past, present, and future of the planet and the universe.  The Big History story encompasses over 13.8 billion years of elements, stars, planets, organisms, and the development of modern day human societies. The 13.8 years of Big History are divided into 9 Thresholds of study: Origins of the Universe, Star Light Up, New Chemical Elements, Earth & Our Solar System, Life of Earth, Collective Learning, Agriculture, the Modern Revolution & the Future.  Students will develop skills in reading, writing, research, and critical thinking through this unique course. Big History meets the World History requirement for graduation. 

Prerequisite: None          

Grades offered: 9-12

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