Ramsey Social Studies
All seventh grade students will take a course in Social Studies. One semester of the course will concentrate on the study of Arkansas History, while the other semester will concentrate on the study of Geography.
Arkansas History provides a study of the history of Arkansas. The course addresses the geographic features and economics of our state, focusing on political, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments that have occurred over time. This course is more rigorous than Arkansas History in grades K-6. The one-semester course stresses application, problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills, and use of classroom performance based/open-ended assessments with rubrics.
Each unit will consist of the following regions: North America, Latin America (South America/Central America/The Caribbean), Africa, Eurasia (Europe and Asia), and time permitting Australia. We will focus on the physical features and cultures in each of these units. We will also look at the history and other aspects of these continents.
Pre-AP Social Studies
All eighth grade students will take a course in Social Studies. This class lasts the entire school year and it is a mandatory course. The course addresses the four strands of the Social Studies frameworks for the state of Arkansas, including the study of world geography, civics, world history, and economics. We should always keep in mind that we must learn from our past to prepare for our future.
AP World History
This course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course is designed for students who wish to complete studies equivalent to an introductory college course in world history. Students will have a summer assignment as well as nightly reading and assignments throughout the school year. Students will take the AP exam at the end of the year.
All AP World History students must have:
- Teacher Recommendation
- 90% or higher in 8th grade English and social studies
- Score in the "Exceeding" range in writing and reading on the ACT Aspire
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the human experience beginning with the first global age in 1450, emphasizing an increasingly interconnected world and the common challenges facing contemporary societies.