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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

Suggested age range: 16-18

Class meets: Weekly

Class length: 2 hours

Number of classes: 31

Tuition: $479

Graded: Yes

Required books: See reading list below

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AP US History


Living the Answer's AP US History is an authorized Advanced Placement course, meeting all College Board requirements. (See note below regarding changes to 2014-2015 course guidelines.) This means the class can be marked "AP" on your high school transcript. The class will prepare students for either the AP or CLEP US History tests, but you do not need to take the AP exam in order to mark the class as Advanced Placement. Be aware that many colleges do require students to take the official AP exam in order to receive college credit for an AP class. This class also has an Honors track which will feature a somewhat lighter workload with fewer writing assignments. Contact the teacher if you would like your child to take the Honors rather than the AP track.

The class covers American history from before European exploration through the present day. Students will be given a thorough understanding of the names and dates of US history while we also delve into the ideas and debates, movements and motivations that shaped our country, learning to see connections and discover themes among the facts of history. Course objectives include:

Readings will include the primary textbook (America: A Narrative History), excerpts from the supplementary texts (The Way We Lived, Vol I & II), and additional online selections. The material will be discussed and student questions will be answered during weekly two-hour lectures.

Tuition is $479. Suggested age range is 16-18. Students should be capable of self-directed work and have good reading and writing skills. A student who does well in this class will also be prepared to complete the United States History AP exam (homeschooler instructions here), but that is not part of the class.

Note on new College Board guidelines: A number of families have contacted me to ask about reports they've seen discussing changes to the course guidelines for AP US History for 2014-2015. The concerns expressed in articles like this one are valid. Having carefully read through the course guidelines as I prepared the syllabus for the approval process, they do seem to be intended to guide teachers to present a fairly leftist, politically-correct view of history. However, the guidelines themselves only provide a framework. Teachers are left to determine course content almost entirely themselves, as long as they use a college-level textbook. My syllabus was approved by the College Board the same day I submitted it, despite reflecting different focuses from those described in articles like the one linked above. I am troubled by the more nationalized and politicized direction in which the College Board seems to be moving, but I am confident that AP US History, at least for now, can be taught in a way that accurately reflects the historical record in a non-politicized way while still preparing students for success on the AP exam. Please if you would like more details.

REQUIRED READING (This list is final for 2015-2016)

Please note: This class intentionally does not use the most recent edition of the assigned textbooks so the price is significantly less. You should be able to find all three of these books on Amazon or elsewhere, lightly used, for well under $10 apiece.