Students who enroll in this class must be independent learners capable of using an advanced text, and their academic skills should be above grade level. This is a fast-paced, largely chronological course focusing on political, social, economic, and geographical concepts of US History. The intent of this class is to prepare sophomores for the academic and intellectual rigors of junior level IB World History, for which this class is a prerequisite. As an advanced course, this course goes beyond the curriculum expectations of a standard course offering by increasing the depth and complexity to engage students in dynamic, high‐level learning. The pace of an advanced course may be faster than that of a “standard” course. Note: At FHS students are expected to complete a National History Day project and take the AP US History exam.