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AP World History Online Class for High School Students

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Mesoamerican Pyramid for Study in Online AP World History ClassTake AP World History online and earn 1 credit toward your high school diploma (and qualify for free college credits). It's free for Wisconsin students.

AP World History


Advanced Placement World History (WHAP) uses the outlines of World History provided by the College Board to study world history from 8000 BCE (the Neolithic Revolution) to present day. The first semester starts with the foundation of complex societies (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, the Americas) up to roughly 1450 (the Age of Discovery). The second semester starts with the Age of Discovery and runs through present day.

Our study of world history will divide history into five time periods, which we will study using "major trends" that define each era. As we study these trends, we will also look at changes and continuities in world history and look at themes such as interactions, gender relationships, social structures, political power, technology, demography and intellectual/religious ideas. To help us analyze and evaluate these themes, changes and continuities, we will use the "habits of minds" all historians use to help them think through and understand how history has happened and how to draw conclusions from it. Each of these ideas will be discussed in detail in the syllabus.

What all this means to you is a truly global study of history from about 8000BCE through the present day. We will not be memorizing the names and dates of kings, battles and wars. Instead, we will explore how the world has changed, and in some cases not changed, as cultures interacted and ideas spread. To achieve this goal, you need to be able to read, write and debate world history at a freshman college level.

Learning Targets:

  1. Writing: Develop a thesis, support with multiple forms of evidence, and provide analysis with an explanation in written form.
  2. Reading: Identify main ideas, analyze supporting details, and evaluate inferences within discipline-specific readings.
  3. Content: Apply content in order to evaluate relationships and draw conclusions.

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This is a NCAA-Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online instruction provider and this online Advanced Placement World 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).

Everything you need to know about taking AP classes online

Advanced Placement World History and other online AP courses offered at eAchieve get you through high school without limiting you to the strict schedule of traditional school. When you learn online, you have the freedom to learn on-the-go, roam to your favorite locations, and learn at your own expense. You take the courses you want to graduate with the degree you prefer, and the transferable college credits to get you further in higher education.

Are AP World History classes hard?

To achieve the goals outlined above, students must be able to read, write, and debate topics in world history at a freshman college level. Although AP classes can be hard, many of our AP students are prepared for college level coursework and find that they have truly benefited from the rigorous learning experience of taking AP World History.

Are AP World History classes worth it?

The workload involved in AP World History course may seem intimidating, but AP class really are worth the work. WHAP will arm students with real-world knowledge and the college-level course load experience to succeed in higher education institutes. 

How do AP World History classes 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 topics in the subject, but at a more rigorous pace. At the end of the course, students take the AP Exam for a score which can determine if they earn college credit, and how much, for their work.

Is AP World History necessary?

AP class are not necessary to graduate, but they are helpful in applying for college and staying debt-free when attending high-education institutes. AP World History course provides students not only with the knowledge, but the ability to think critically at an advanced level, giving them an advantage over other students.

Can I take AP World 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 ateAchieve.

How many AP classes should I take?

Each student is different, which means they can handle different workloads, so the amount of AP classes someone takes is entirely dependent on how much they can handle. Taking many AP classes can be very beneficial, it can also burn out students. Research often helps students figure out how many AP classes they should take in a year.

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 during their high school careers. The weighted scale is meant to cover students who want to challenge themselves, so they won’t get penalized for trying to do more work.

How do I take online AP classes outside high school?

eAchieve online school helps students find the right educational path for them to succeed, which includes offering AP, honors, and standard courses for students to find what fits their needs.

What are the best AP classes to take?

The answer depends on your interests, strengths, and plans for higher education. Choosing AP courses to prepare for a college major can give you a head start in your chosen field.

Why take AP World History instead of a regular world history class?

The differences between AP, Honors and regular classes affect the type of credit you can earn and can prepare you well for different paths after graduation.

If I’m homeschooled, can I take AP World History online?

Yes, you can. Homeschoolers are welcome to apply for enrollment in 1 or 2 AP classes per semester to supplement their curriculum.

Are AP classes right for me?

AP classes can be a great opportunity but they’re not right for all high school students. AP courses have pros and cons depending on your personal strengths and plans for after graduation.

How do high school AP courses compare to college courses?

AP courses are intended to be as challenging as first-year college classes, which makes them an effective way to prepare for higher education.

Does taking AP classes make your college application stronger?

College admissions officers do like seeing AP classes on your high school transcript, provided you’ve been able to earn good grades and exam scores in them.

Is it a good idea to take multiple AP classes at once?

Managing multiple online AP classes is undoubtedly a challenge, but it can really pay off. Building your time management skills in high school will serve you well in college and beyond.

How do I choose between AP and dual enrollment classes?

Both AP and dual enrollment courses are meant to provide a more challenging learning environment for motivated high school students. When it comes to college applications, the two types of classes may be seen differently by admissions officers.

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Our AP World History online course is FREE for Wisconsin residents under 21.
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