AP US History focuses on the development of analytical skills, along with a deep factual knowledge of the problems and themes, to enable students to critically interpret our nation’s history. Students assess historical primary and secondary sources, weighing the evidence presented, to arrive at informed conclusions. Students learn to think like historians: evaluating sources and interpretations, developing thesis statements, supporting their interpretations with evidence, and communicating their conclusions persuasively. Students gain an appreciation for how historic events have shaped our modern political, social, cultural, and economic life. The course provides opportunities for guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster critical thinking skills.