The American Government Honors advanced course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the operation of the American political system. It includes the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the processes of government that help shape our political landscape. Students will learn about the constitutional underpinnings of the United States government, the institutions of national government and how they operate, how citizens develop their political beliefs and behaviors, how political parties function, how interest groups and mass media affect our system, what makes up our public policy and who makes decisions, and how to protect our civil rights and liberties. Students will develop analytic perspectives for interpreting and critical thinking skills for evaluation and understanding, and they will be able to explain basic assumptions.
This 3-week semester course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.
Barbara Asher is an experienced teacher who graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master's in Applied Psychology. She has been teaching at American Heritage School for 19 years. In that time she has had several leadership positions, including club advisor, yearbook advisor, department chair and senior advisor. She is also proud to have taught 5 different AP courses with a passing rate of approximately 90%.
American Heritage teacher, Marissa Rothbaum, earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Social Science Education from the University of Central Florida. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught World History, Geography, American History, and American Government to students in high school. She also helped to introduce and integrate National History Day projects into the curriculum for her World History students. She is proud of her students who have gone on to compete at the county and state levels.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.