AP US History

Course Number: 215/216

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: History/Social Science “A” requirement. Satisfies one year of Social Studies graduation requirement.

Course Description:
AP United States History is a college-level course that covers the history of the United States from colonial times to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of American values and institutions, as well as broad themes spanning multiple periods. Students engage with interpretive questions of historical scholarship and learn analytical skills. They also develop the skills necessary to critically examine primary and secondary sources. In addition, students keep up with current events and discuss them with contemporary and historical perspectives. Students are expected to exhibit characteristics of intellectual curiosity and motivation. Because the class moves at a rapid pace, students should plan to work daily on coursework. Preparation for the nationally administered AP exam will be given. The course culminates with the national AP United States History examination. Students will earn a weighted grade for this class and, if successful on the national examination, could receive college credit at their preferred university.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • By the People: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition, AP Edition. Fraser, James W. Pearson, 2019. ISBN: 9780134672106.
  • Additional resources may include non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, historical fiction, newspapers, magazines, AP Test Prep books, and online primary source materials free of charge.
  • Textbook Purchasing Instructions

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to www.savvas.com/privateschools
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course

For each course, you will see two options listed. The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access. The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only. Either option is fine and is up to the student’s preference.  

If purchasing the e-textbook, please forward your order confirmation to the Librarian, Mrs. MacManus ([email protected]), so she can create your student account.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of World History with an “A” or AP World History with a “B”.