American Government

American Government with CLEP option


Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course that provides a half-year high-school level credit in government.  Lessons cover federal, state, and local government as well as contemporary issues in government.  Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution.  Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week.  As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.

Classroom time will consist of review games, activities and videos to reinforce concepts learned. Opportunities for peer discussion of class topics are provided as well as interactive small group activities.

Mature, motivated students may choose to prepare for and take the American Government CLEP exam for 3 college credits.  As this CLEP exam is one of the more challenging ones, it is recommended ONLY for students who have demonstrated mastery of test-taking skills by successfully passing a CLEP or DSST exam previously.  Additional study suggestions for the CLEP exam will be provided.

Grade level:  9th – 12th grade

Homework:  Approximately 4-5 hours per week

Text:  Exploring Government set, ISBN #9781609990985 which includes Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass and We Hold These Truths edited by Ray Notgrass.  Also required is the Exploring Government Student Review Pack, ISBN #9781609990992.

Required:  Reliable internet access and e-mail account for students to receive class notices, submit assignments, participate in class discussions, download supplemental reading and worksheets, take practice tests, view supplemental videos, and link to applicable websites.  Additional fee of $10-$20 for online video access may be required