Ketchikan High School

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Alaska Studies (9) 
One-semester course.
Required by State of Alaska
This course is designed to give students an appreciation for the state in which they reside. The course will be divided into five major sections: Native Cultures of Alaska, Alaska History, Alaska Geography, Alaska's Economy, and Current Alaskan issues. Time will be spent researching info in the library and on the internet for the completion of projects. Students will also be expected to complete assignments and pass quizzes and tests. The class is required for all students entering high school, but not exclusively restricted to freshmen.
World History (10-11-12) 
Two-semester course
Prerequisite: At least freshman standing (The class is designed for Sophomores)
This survey course studies cultures, religions, and civilizations of the world from the prehistoric period to modern day. The student will learn about major events, people, and traditions from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America in order to give historical context and an understanding of the world's cultural diversity. 
United States History (10-11-12)  
Two-semester course
Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing
U.S. History is course designed to give the learner a broad understanding of our nation's past in order to better understand who the United States is today and the role it plays in the world. By highlighting those events that proved to be significant in the formation of our country, the learner will understand how the United States developed into a world power. A wide variety of methods will be used to present the story, including simulations, films, plays, primary source analysis, and a survey textbook. 


Two-semester course

No prerequisite


The class will utilize a variety of media materials to analyze topics of historic and contemporary importance regarding the United States. The class utilizes feature films, textbook readings, and other media to learn about topics presented. Often, films will be a primary means through which ideas, personalities, issues of historical significance, change, and social conflicts will be analyzed and studied. We will examine the past, build an awareness of the present, and look to the future through different types of media.


One semester

No prerequisites


This course will be a current issues class designed to help students understand our world as it is today, by examining current issues that face our world, country, state and town. We will then trace the historical causes of these issues. Each student will need access to the local paper and a weekly news magazine. The overall goal of the course is to develop within the student the skills necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation for current events.
American Government (12)
Two-semester course
Prerequisite: Senior standing only
First semester American Government stresses the theory of government. Basic questions are introduced: What is government?  Why is government important? What are the different types of government found in the world? The first semester also emphasizes the organization of American government through an intensive examination of the Constitution. The second semester emphasizes current problems, especially those involving urbanization, civil rights, the economy and foreign policy. The overall goal of the course is citizenship education designed to produce a responsible citizen, interested in becoming involved in the American democratic form of government


One-semester course

No prerequisite. Freshmen may be admitted upon instructor approval.


Competitive debate prepares a student to present individual events, speeches of expository speaking, oration and extemporaneous speaking as well as both affirmative and negative sides of the cross-examination debate topic for each year. Debate emphasizes a logical, systematic analysis (both on a written and oral level) of a contemporary social problem. It requires a great deal of research and organization as well as the development of critical thinking skills. Students will work in teams to analyze and prepare both the affirmative and negative sides of a selected topic. The conclusion of these efforts is the formal debate competitions once a month throughout Southeast Alaska. Students will learn how to prepare, organize and deliver a speech as well as how to work closely with others in the class and think critically. The second semester of this course is speech activities. It involves learning how to debate Lincoln-Douglas style and Parliamentary style. Other speech activities will include presentation of radio, TV or video programs, editorial comment and other media presentations. A mock trial will also be held to further illustrate the use of debate skills. Emphasis this semester will be on utilizing the speaking and research skills learned the previous semester.

AP World History (11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course

Prerequisites: 1.  Successfully complete World History or AP World History.   2.  Meet deadlines for the application process.  *Priority will be given to qualified seniors, particularly those who have successfully completed AP European History.

 The AP World History course offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, have resulted in the knitting of the world into a tightly integrated whole.  AP World History offers an approach that lets students “do  history” by guiding them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide over a millennium.  The course offers truly balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented.  The course will have as its chronological frame the period from approximately 8000 BCE to the present with careful preparation in terms of previous developments.  This area is truly global in its focus:  it thus embraces the empires of China and Mesoamerica; the expansion of Islam; Mongol dominance; the period of new political units in Africa and Europe; cultural and social aspects; and long-distance trade.  The course will prepare student to successfully complete the year-end AP World History exam given by the College Board in May.  Successful completion of this exam may enable the student to receive college credit for this course.  The class will be limited to 24 students.  A series of summer projects will be assigned and will be applied to the first quarter and first semester grades.



Two-semester course

Prerequisites: 1. Successfully complete World History or AP World History .  2. Meet the deadlines for the application process and complete the application process.  *priority will be given to qualified seniors, particularly those who successfully completed the AP World History course.


The AP course and examination in European History are intended for qualified students who wish to complete classes in secondary school equivalent to college introductory courses in European history. The course corresponds to the most recent developments in history curricula at the undergraduate level. The course will cover European history from 1450 C.E. (the Renaissance) to the present. The class will be limited to 24 students. A series of summer projects will be assigned and will be applied to the first quarter and first semester grades.

ECONOMICS  (10-11-12)

One semester course

No prerequisite

This course will be “applied economics” which is designed to incorporate traditional economic theories with current local and national business applications.  Local businessmen, many of whom are involved with the Junior Achievement Program, will serve as regular, visiting instructors to assist with applying economic theories to everyday application in local business operations.  Weekly or biweekly presentations will be made by these actively involved business leaders.  


One semester

Prerequisites:  You are required to have taken and received at least a B in Economics in order to take AP Economics.

The purpose of an AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.  Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.  Some of the topics to be covered are:  Basic Economic Concepts, Measurement of Economic Performance, National Income and Price Determination, Inflation, Unemployment, and Stabilization Policies, and International Trade.