In grade 9 and 10 Social Studies, students will examine Global History and Geography. This two year sequence is arranged chronologically with the Paleolithic Era and continuing through the present. Grade 11 begins with the colonial and constitutional foundations of the United States and explores the government structure and functions written in the Constitution. The development of the nation and the political, social, and economic factors that led to the challenges our nation faced in the Civil War are addressed. Industrialization, urbanization, and the accompanying problems are examined, along with America’s emergence as a world power, the two world wars of the 20th century, and the Cold War. Students explore the expansion of the federal government, the threat of terrorism, and the place of the U.S. in an increasingly globalized world. Grade 12 Participation in Government and Civics provides students with opportunities to become engaged in the political process by acquiring the knowledge and practicing the skills necessary for active citizenship. A 20 hour community service requirement is necessary for completion of the course. Grade 12 Economics, the Enterprise System and Finance examines the principles of the U.S. free market economy in the global context. Students will examine their individual responsibility for managing their personal finances. They will analyze the role of supply and demand in determining prices individuals and businesses face in the product and factor markets, and the global nature of these markets. Changes to the workforce, the role of entrepreneurs, and the effects of globalization will be studied as well as the challenges to a free market economy in a global environment.