U.S. Government

One-semester course. By exploring the dynamic development of governmental systems in the United States, this course will prepare students for vigorous, informed, and purposeful participation in the democratic public sphere. Among other topics, students will consider the fundamental principles of the founding documents, as well as how these principles have changed over time; the variable role of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches in processes of governance; and the impact of special interests. An eye to current events will be kept throughout the semester.

Prerequisite: U.S. History

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  • Example Syllabus
  • American Government 3e by OpenStax (Free Online Text)
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 11-12.
  • Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.
  1. Well-Trained Mind Academy

    "It is perfect. Government had never really been an interesting topic for me, so I have been very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the class is."
    - Student Course Evaluation, Fall 2021

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