Honors World History




This world history course focuses on historical inquiry and the building of historical skills. Specifically, it will examine forces that explain human behavior and organization and make thematic connections throughout human history. Focus in this course will aim to improve critical thinking skills, with additional non-fiction reading and writing, and integration of a broader perspective with regard to historical analysis. With the use of many strategies including Document Based Questions (DBQs) and targeted argumentation, this course allows for more focused instruction with those traditionally highly performing and highly interested students to better prepare them for collegiate level history courses. Generally, the scope and sequence is the same as that of regular world history albeit in greater depth.

Daniel Read

World History Honors, World History, American History

University of Northern Colorado, B.A., Social Sciences


AP United States History




This is a challenging course presenting a detailed survey of U.S. History from the earliest European settlement to the present, focusing on major turning points and highlighting captivating themes. The objective is to foster skills of comprehension, interpretation, critical and objective analysis of the political, economic, and socio-cultural aspects that have shaped and shape the American chronological narrative. This course is designed to help students to prepare to pass the Advanced Placement test for college credit in the spring of the school year. Students will be required to take the AP United States History Exam.Any student who does not take the A.P. test will have the Advanced Placement designation removed from his/her transcript and it will be replaced with an Honors designation for this class.


Sarah Kaka

AP U.S. History
Illinois State University, B.S. History Education
University of Colorado, M.A. Curriculum & Instruction
7 years experience


AP United States Government




This course will provide students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Meets WPHS social science graduation requirement for civics/government. Note: There is an option to incorporate comparative world politics, depending on the instructor and students. (1 year course)


Andrew Pappadakis

World History, American Government, A.P. United States Government and Politics
San Jose State University, B.A. United States History
13 years experience