U.S. History A

Why This Class

As your student prepares for adulthood, you want them to understand where America came from—so they can help move it forward in the right direction. With that in mind, this course gives your student an in-depth look at the triumphs and tragedies of early U.S. history.

Guided by a mentor, students in this course begin by exploring the events of the Founding Era and follow them through the Antebellum, Civil War and Progressive phases of America’s story. Mentors challenge students to think like historians and see how the important events, people, and ideas of the past continue to impact U.S. society and culture today. Through meaningful projects and simulations, students gain a sense for the humanity behind American history—not just the key names and dates.

By completing this course, students are inspired to demonstrate what Ronald Reagan called an “informed patriotism.” They recognize the successes and mistakes of America’s past and feel driven to create a positive future.

Overarching Questions

What events, people, and ideas contributed to America’s development during the Founding Era?

How did Washington’s presidency shape the new nation?

How did the Civil War end?

What was the Industrial Revolution?

What are the lessons of the Progressive Era?

Reading List

The Last Best Hope (vol 1) by William J. Bennett

Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage by Chris Wallace (Honors Only)

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 10th (Sophomore)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic), 7 (Honors)

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5