General Description: This class is meant to prepare students to take the AP exam in the spring. It will give an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This year-long introductory college course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It creates familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. One main goal is to support students’ growth as

productive members of a democratic society. There may be guest speakers and simulations in support of direct instruction.

This course prepares students to complete the College Board AP test for United States Government and Politics, which is administered in May. Successful passage of the test may make students eligible to receive college credit or advanced standing. Students taking the AP test are responsible for the exam fee.

12th Grade Social Studies Credit Only.


  • Public Policy
  • Institutions
  • Elections and political behavior
  • Media and interest groups
  • Civil liberties and civil rights