• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus

    AP U.S. History



    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: 2

    Name: Mrs. Sibbett

    Marking Period: 1-4

    Phone: (610) 522-4330 ext-6143

    Class Location: Portable 2

    Office Location: Portable 2


    Office Hours:

    Teacher Website: http://websites.pdesas.org/gsibbett/default.aspx

    E-Mail: gsibbett@sedelco.org

    School Attributes

    The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academy RESULTS!



    Course Description:

    The Advanced Placement United States History course provides students with the factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal with historical subjects on a college level.  Students who wish to take this course should possess good writing skills and be an A/B student in English and World Cultures, and be motivated to complete substantial and difficult assignments. Requirements for this course include a series of summer assignments, a test on each chapter of the textbook, and several major projects, including one that is completed after the Advanced Placement Examination in May.  Students who score satisfactorily in the Advanced Placement examination may apply for college credit in United States History at one of the more than 1000 participating colleges.


    Note: Students are required to take the AP exam in May. The cost is approximately $87.00. Exam costs will be refunded for any student who scores a “3” or higher on the exam.



    Textbook:  The American Pageant 13th Edition


    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives:

    Students who successfully complete AP U.S. History will be competent in the following areas:

    • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources in American History.
    • Analyze and evaluate continuity and change throughout American History.
    • Establish critical reading and writing skills.
    • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical events, figures, ideas, and documents from United States History.
    • Utilize themes in American History to think conceptually about America’s past.





    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for the Social Studies Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:


    Tests, Projects, & Major Papers





    Quizzes, Classwork, & Minor Assignments




    Attendance & Class Participation




    20% (school wide)



    10% (school wide)




    The above areas will be used as the basis for 80% of your grade per semester. The midterm and/or final exam will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade per semester.



    Attendance Policy

    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience. Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.


    Classroom Expectations

    1. Be on time.

    2. Respect yourself, your peers, your teachers and administrators.

    3.  Participate.

    4.  No cell phones.

    5.  No profane or vulgar language.


    Class Requirements

    • Use your time wisely!!! Every second that you get to dedicate to individual work, please use it! 

    It is imperative that you keep up on all required readings and assignments. 

    Remember:  I do not accept anything late!! No exceptions!




    • It is imperative that you attend class regularly.  It is vital for success in APUSH!  If for some reason you need to be absent, please makeup all assignments.
    • You can see me after school to get the makeup work.  I will not do this during class.  Class time is so limited!  You need to be responsible!


    • Materials:
      • Pens, pencils, highlighters, colored pens.
      • Post-Its
      • BE ORGANIZED! 
      • 100 Index Cards







    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offenses and will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct booklet for additional information.



    A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is an overview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course. Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.



    Unit/ Topic

    Course Activities


    Month/ Timeframe

    All course unit topics

    Cooperative Learning

    Multiple Choice Quizzes

    Throughout course


    Multi-media learning

    Free-Response Essays/DBQs



    Class Discussions





    Analysis of primary and secondary sources