Students on the advanced diploma track will take four credits of history and social sciences:
World History I: Students will explore the diversity of culture and the evolution of human history chronologically and geographically from the beginning of time until the Renaissance in Europe.
World History II: Students will explore the diversity of culture and the evolution of human history chronologically and geographically from the Renaissance to the present.
US/VA History: Students will study the history of the United States from the first European exploration of the Americas to the present as well as domestic and foreign policy.
US/VA Government: Students will examine the structure and functions of our federal government. The decision-making processes at the local, state, national, and international levels are emphasized. The responsibilities of citizenship are a focus throughout the year.
Starting with the class of 2015, all students will also be required to take one credit of Economics and Personal Finance.
Economics (1/2 credit): Students learn the basics of economic theory and gain practical experience in how those ideas affect people and businesses.
Personal Finance (1/2 credit): Skills in money management, record keeping, and banking are enhanced through the study of basic concepts of economics, insurance, credit, and other related topics.
Students on the standard diploma track will take three credits of history and social sciences. Most students will elect to take the following sequence, although the courses can be taken in a different arrangement:
9th grade: World History I
10th grade: Economics/Personal Finance
11th grade: US/VA History
12th grade: US/VA Government
Manchester is proud to offer several college-level courses in the social studies department:
AP U.S. Government
AP U.S. History
AP World History
AP European History
AP Human Geography (open to freshmen)
Teachers for Tomorrow (also offered for dual enrollment credit)
Practical Law (1/2 year)
Sociology (1/2 year)