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Social Studies Placement Prerequisites

History/Social Studies Groupings

AP/H requires students to have:

  • At least a 95% average in History/Social Studies Accelerated courses.
  • A minimum of 80% in US 1 H to take US 2 AP
  • A minimum of 85% in World History H to take US 1 H.
  • (At least a 95% in 8th grade History/Social Studies for World History Honors
  • oReceived Advanced Proficient on 7th grade NJ ASK)

An AP/H Level class requires students to have the above average as well as -

  • A continuing, viable interest in History/Social Studies
  • A high ability to compose well-written analytical essays, research papers, and document based questions supported by discipline specific content/evidence
  • A high proficiency in reading and understanding complex history/social studies materials to interpret text and compare/contrast primary and secondary sources
  • A high level of confidence, demonstrated by higher order and independent thinking in history/social studies topics
  • A high degree of class participation to include effective listening as well as highly articulate speaking skills

Accelerated expects students to have:

  • At least a 75% average in History/Social Studies Accelerated courses or a minimum of 83% in College Prep
  • (At least a 80% in 8th grade History/Social Studies for World History)

An Accelerated class expects students to have the above averages as well as -

  • A demonstrated interest in History/Social Studies
  • A demonstrated proficiency in composing well-written analytical essays, research papers, and document based questions supported by discipline specific content/evidence
  • A demonstrated proficiency in reading and understanding complex history/social studies materials to interpret primary and secondary sources
  • A good degree of confidence, demonstrated by higher order and independent thinking in history/social studies topics
  • A good degree of class participation to include effective listening as well as articulate speaking skills

College Prep accepts students who have:

  • A passing average in History/Social Studies College Prep courses/8th grade

A College Prep class accepts students who have the above average as well as -

  • An interest or developing interest in History/Social Studies topics
  • An ability to compose analytical essays, research papers, and document based questions supported by discipline specific content
  • An ability or growing ability to read and understand complicated primary and second sources
  • A fair degree of class participation to include effective listening as well as speaking skills