Civics & Economics is a required class for graduation in the state of North Carolina. In order to cover all the goals and objectives outlined in the Standard Course of Study for this course, we must move at a very brisk pace, covering 10 goals (21 Chapters and The High School Financial Planning Course) in about 85 days of instructional time. All or most of the reading of this material must be accomplished at home, in small portions, on a nightly basis. Students can take home their textbook to do this reading or now have the option of the text in software form. Past indicators have shown that those students who keep up with their reading consistently have more success in this class.
Each student is given a syllabus, outlining what we hope to accomplish this semester. We will try to follow it as closely as possible but invariably there will be delays / interruptions in the weeks to come. To ensure that you and your child know precisely what the assignment is for that day, I always put their homework assignment on the board and urge them to copy it in a student handbook or other form of daily planning device.
Civics & Economics has an End Of Course Test that your child must pass to receive credit for the class. Students entering the 9th grade during the 2006-07 school year and subsequent years must make a level III or level IV on this test to be proficient. It is a comprehensive exam covering the entire course. This will count as one fourth of your child's grade and it also counts as part of our school's overall composite score. Please impress upon your child the need to do their very best in this class and on this exam.
This class is one of the most relevant subjects offered during their high school careers. The information provided will help them become better citizens and get them off to a sound financial beginning in life. Please help them understand how important this is.