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AP US History Online High School Course

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Full Year
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Lincoln Memorial Symbolizing Study in Online AP US History ClassTake AP US History online and earn 1.0 credits toward your high school diploma (and qualify for free college credits). It's free for Wisconsin students.

AP US History


Welcome to the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History course. This History curriculum covers all the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare you to pass the AP U.S. History exam.

Our text is The American Pageant, which is the most frequently used text in APUSH classes across the country. While the nationwide passing rate on the AP exam (3 or above) is just slightly over 50%, the passing rate for eAchieve APUSH students exceeds 80%, so eAchieve students do extraordinarily well.

Through this course students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of a broad body of historical knowledge
  • Express ideas clearly in writing
  • Work with classmates to research an historical issue
  • Interpret and apply data from original documents
  • Identify underrepresented historical viewpoints
  • Write to persuade with evidence
  • Compare and contrast alternate interpretations of an historical figure, event, or trend
  • Explain how an historical event connects to or causes a larger trend or theme
  • Develop essay responses that include a clear, defensible thesis statement and supporting evidence
  • Effectively argue a position on an historical issue
  • Critique and respond to arguments made by others
  • Raise and explore questions about policies, institutions, beliefs, and actions in an historical context
  • Evaluate primary materials, such as historical documents, political cartoons, and first-person narratives
  • Evaluate secondary materials, such as scholarly works or statistical analyses
  • Assess the historical significance and cultural impact of key literary works (e.g. Common Sense, Uncle Tom's Cabin)

Learning Targets:

  1. Target 1 (Writing): Develop a thesis, support with multiple forms of evidence, and provide analysis with an explanation in written form.
  2. Target 2 (Reading): Identify main ideas, analyze supporting details, and evaluate inferences within discipline-specific readings.
  3. Target 3 (Content): Apply content in order to evaluate relationships and draw conclusions.
  4. Target 4 (Communication): Produce clear and coherent communication in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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This is a NCAA-Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online school in Wisconsin and this online Advanced Placement US History class meets the NCAA core course requirements. To see the full list of NCAA-approved online high school courses offered by eAchieve Academy, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center (use school code #502388).

What You Need to Know About AP U.S History Online

Online high school courses from eAchieve not only take the stress and pressure out of traditional high school, they allow students more freedom than they would get otherwise. Students who enroll in online courses through eAchieve can get their diploma in just 22 credits, most of which can be made up of AP classes like AP U.S History. AP classes also give high schoolers the opportunity to earn college credits and get a head start on their degree.

That freedom of on-the-go, coupled with the personal responsibility and accountability skills our online students develop through our courses teaches them skills that last in life, and especially in college.

Are AP U.S History classes hard?

AP students are expected to write, read, comprehend, and communicate at a freshman college level. Although AP coursework may be difficult, many of our students found the material to be challenging where regular classes were too easy.

Are AP U.S History Classes worth it?

The rigorous course load of AP courses can be intimidating, but the benefits of taking an online AP course are worth the hard work. In addition to gaining incredible knowledge, students will get college credit and college course experience to prepare them for future higher education courses.

How does AP U.S History work?

The two-semester course takes about a school year to complete, and works much like a regular class. It involves in-depth analysis of complicated events in U.S history, with the written and communicative abilities to not only understand the topics but to question them as well. Students will take an AP Exam at the end of the semester to determine how much college credit they’ve earned.

Is AP U.S History necessary to graduate?

AP class are not necessary to graduate, but they are helpful in applying for college and staying debt-free. AP U.S History, along with other AP course, prepares students for a future of further education that standard courses just can’t match.

Can I take AP U.S History online?

Absolutely! eAchieve offers an extensive collection of online AP classes for high school students to enroll in. Start your path today to further your knowledge, advance your credits, and prepare for college with courses offered at eAchieve.

How many AP classes should I take?

Research often helps students figure out how many AP classes they should take in a year, but someone’s ability to handle coursework changes often. Challenge yourself at first, but try not to overwhelm yourself with work.

How does the weighted AP GPA work?

One of the many benefits of taking AP classes is that they count higher towards your GPA: which means that it is possible for students to achieve a GPA greater than 4.0! Some see it as a challenge, others as a safety net in the event that an AP course is harder than they expect (but never impossible).

How do I take AP classes outside of high school?

Start your path to online AP classes today to begin getting college credit, advance your knowledge, and prepare yourself for higher education with the courses offered at eAchieve all on your terms.

How do I decide between AP U.S. History and other AP classes?

The best AP classes to take in high school are different for each student. Choosing AP classes aligned with your personal strengths and interests is a good approach. If you’ve already got a career path picked out you can choose AP classes for a specific college major.

What’s the difference between AP U.S. History and regular history class?

The main differences between regular high school classes and AP/Honors versions are the difficulty level and whether you can earn college credit ahead of time. Our ultimate guide to Honors vs. AP vs. regular classes explains everything you need to know.

Can I earn AP credits even though I’m homeschooled?

Absolutely. Many eAchieve students are homeschooled and choose to supplement their curriculum with one or two online classes each semester. Homeschoolers can earn AP credit online just like students attending traditional public schools.

Is taking AP U.S. History a good idea?

It can be, based on your academic success in regular world language classes, and your plans after graduation. AP courses have pros and cons, and might not be the right fit for every student.

Will taking AP U.S. History be as hard as a college class?

AP classes and introductory level college classes are meant to be about the same difficulty. High school students can earn college credit by getting a high enough score on the AP exam.

Does it look good to have AP classes when applying to college?

College admissions boards do value AP classes, but not at the expense of good grades and test scores. Simply taking AP classes won’t be enough if you fail to meet expectations.

Is taking multiple AP classes feasible?

With the right organizational skills, motivated students can successfully manage multiple AP classes at once. It might be best to try one AP class at first to get used to the higher workload.

Which is more valuable, AP classes or dual enrollment?

Both AP courses and dual enrollment can provide a valuable challenge and help prepare you for higher education. When it comes to college admissions, AP classes vs dual enrollment can be seen differently.

Contact eAchieve Academy to start your path to getting your high school diploma on your terms.
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Our AP US History online course is FREE for Wisconsin residents under 21.
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