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APUSH: American History for AP Exam – Wednesday – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 9 – 12

Wednesday, August 31 2022 @ 1:00PM Wednesday, June 14 2023 @ 2:30PM EDT


Jonathan Meola

Instructor Email:

[email protected]


9 – 12

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Class Times:

1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)


Full Year 2022-2023

AP / Honors / NCAA Approved

AP Course, NCAA Approved Course and Honors Course


Wednesday, August 31 2022 @ 1:00PM EDT
Wednesday, June 14 2023 @ 2:30PM EDT
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$ 700.00
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Please note that this class will be following an AP schedule. 

Learners MAY opt to take the AP exam.

Students may also opt for HONORS course version.

If parents choose this, they will not be required to do DBQ writing. This request to take it as an honors class MUST come to instructor no later than the third week of the class. Please see details below.

This course will explore America’s past, reviewing and examining various political, geographical, economic, cultural, and technological issues by working with specific evidence and source documentation in order to gain a deep and meaningful understanding of American History.

The first portion of this course will span American History from the Native American presence prior to European exploration, up through the end of the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era in 1877. Topics to be covered will range from early European settlement, the American Revolution, the new nation’s post-war challenges, conflicts & governance, as well as exploration, industrialization, immigration, and political challenges faced during the antebellum period. We will also cover the events leading up to secession, the Civil War, political & military Reconstruction, and the Compromise of 1877.

The second portion of this course will cover America from the “closing in” of the Western frontier until the present day. Special focus will include exploring the impact of the Industrial Revolution on urbanization, the Age of Invention, the political, economic, and cultural environment of the Gilded Age, the rise of jingoism, progressivism and the various reformist movements, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, FDR’s New Deal, American neutrality until Pearl Harbor and its entry into World War II, the rise to superpower status during the Cold War, the cultural turmoil of the Sixties, the malaise of the Seventies, the rise of Neo-Conservatism in the Eighties, the move towards globalization in the Nineties, September 11, the Global War on Terror, and the rise of political polarization. 

Our Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) level course provides learners with an overview of major events and personalities which have shaped and guided the nation from its earliest origins to the present day. It is a college-level course taught within a high-school level framework. Working within this framework will present learners with advantages and challenges that they would not otherwise experience in a typical high-school Honors American History course. One advantage APUSH level courses offer learners is the opportunity to receive college credit for the course, provided that they earn a qualifying score on the APUSH exam. Also, enrollment in APUSH courses can present learners with an advantage in admissions when applying to college. Most importantly, the course itself gives learners exposure to the rigorous level of academic studies that they will no doubt encounter in a university setting.

AP courses prepare learners to take the corresponding AP exam each May, but learners are not required to take the exams.  Open Tent Academy will not administer AP exams. Instead, homeschool families must register and pay for AP exams through a nearby public school. Many colleges award credit or allow learners to be placed out of introductory classes if they receive satisfactory scores on AP exams. Consistent with the practices in many public and private schools, some homeschool parents elect to award additional quality points for Honors and AP classes when calculating their child’s homeschool GPA. For more information, see: https://ap.collegeboard.org/

Finally, if your student WANTS to take this for an HONORS credit (vs. AP credit) they may do so.  If taken for an honors credit (vs. AP credit), students will be excused from DBQ writing homework assignments.  DBQ essays are one/unit (ten over the course of the entire year). Parents MUST contact Jonathan prior to the third class at [email protected].

This course will utilize a combination of instructional lecture, in-class discussions, assigned readings, and supplemental materials, such as primary sources and documentary video.

Learners should be, upon successful completion of this course, able to demonstrate mastery of the subjects and topics covered within and should be prepared to successfully complete the APUSH exam (although taking the exam is not a requirement for course completion).

Students should expect approximately five – six hours of homework a week.  Please remember this is an AP course. This is what is needed to prepare for the AP EXAM!

This includes independent reading of chapters, preparing for class discussions and any writing prompts provided.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 15, 2022.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

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