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United States History for High School Students – Preparation for APUSH (or Honors Option) – Tuesday – 30 Weeks – Grades 9-12

Tuesday, September 12 2023 @ 11:00AM Tuesday, June 18 2024 @ 12:30PM EDT



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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/

Parents can contact the instructor in August for their child to take this as an HONORS class instead of preparation for the AP exam.

This class is worth one (1) credit of History / Social Studies OR Elective.

You can expect approximately five – six hours of homework weekly.

NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by August 20th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified by email.

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Learning to love the past

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History. This was definitely not my strongest area as a homeschool mother. I knew to provide my kids with what they needed, I had to look at outside resources. Taking a leap of faith, I registered both my 7th and 8th grader for U.S. History with Jonathan Meola.

Learning history through simple short stories using. “A History of US,” has been fun to read-a-loud. With a subject I once disliked myself, I’ve been able to power through, and engage with my children learning to love the past. Mr. Meola is a phenomenally fair instructor, and has allowed our kids to use their creativity for the semester project. The kids have enjoyed this area most about the class. Seeing their creations from the past come to life is a gift in itself. Thank you, Jonathan! You have lit a fire for history within my children!


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We have absolutely loved Jonathan’s Ancient Civilizations class this year.

He is so organized, and his classes are expertly taught – my son usually makes me leave the room but I will often go back and listen to the recordings and watch some of the videos because they are so interesting.

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What a fantastic course combining hands-on STEM & Social Studies.

I loved watching my children learn about key landmarks around the world with such eagerness and curiosity.

They dove into the history, architectural marvel, geography, and engineering in an engaging fun way.

Mr. Meola is a wonderful teacher and this class is highly recommended!

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During our family new year’s celebration, everyone completed a year-in-review questionnaire. One question asked, “What are you most proud of that you accomplished this past year?”

Without hesitation, our daughter blurted out “I learned to write a five-paragraph essay!”

Our daughter, who up until this past semester would only write science lab reports, should be proud of this accomplishment. She willingly dedicated days to completing required essays, and we owe this success to Lights! Camera! Action! class.

Mr. Jonathan’s enthusiasm, instruction, encouragement and feedback all generated a newfound level of confidence within our daughter. Plus, the course spurred everyone in our family (including grandparents) to watch incredible movies, which normally would not be in our Netflix queue. Mr. Jonathan’s impact reached beyond our daughter.

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I would like to say thank you. My daughter, Laura, was so inspired by OTA’s Lights! Camera! Action! class. She WANTS to improve at writing instead of shying away from the process that she finds so difficult. She is putting her heart and soul into trying. I am seeing improvement and I am seeing enthusiasm that just were not there before. You have no idea how joyful that makes me. This latest essay was really, really hard but a bit less overwhelming than the prior two. Slowly the elements that Laura is learning in class are sinking in. I appreciate all that you do for the class! Thank you!

JC, Vermont

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