About the Social Studies Program
Students need a minimum of three (3) social studies credits to graduate from Wasatch Academy. One of the social studies credits MUST be a non-Western history (this is broadly construed and covers classes from Global Studies to Model United Nations. It could also be fulfilled by transfer credit). Another of the three social studies credits MUST be United States history (usually taken in the junior year, but could be fulfilled by transfer credit). Thus, a typical student might take (in order) “Global Studies I”, “Global Studies II”, and “United States History”. Then in their fourth year a student would be free to pursue an elective credit such as “Economics” or “Model United Nations” (though students are welcome to take Model United Nations earlier in their high school career), or the student can pursue a more challenging AP course such as “AP United States history” or “AP psychology”. Be sure to check with your college counselor before enrolling in any elective classes.
Please note that 3 social studies classes is the minimum requirement for graduation, but it is highly recommended by college admissions departments, and by our WA college counselors that students should take four (4) or more social studies classes before graduation, with at least one social studies class per year, especially if a student is planning on entering a humanities or social science related field in college and graduate/professional school.
Advanced placement (AP) courses
All AP courses are year-long elective classes that follow the curriculum provided by The College Board (http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home) for the equivalent of a year of introductory college content. Please adhere to all prerequisites and proficiencies advised for entry and success in these classes that are designed for students to “pass the AP exam” in early May each year. Students are encouraged to take the exams and score highly to increase their chances of admission to more selective colleges, even if they don’t plan to use AP credits for placing out of college freshmen classes, or as credits toward college graduation.
All classes are year-long (two semesters) unless otherwise noted.