An Introduction to Civics and US Government
This one semester high school survey course covers a breadth of material. The textbook, Exploring Government, provides an overview of American government. Students will be exposed to a series of selections from influential works, laying the groundwork for a foundational understanding of governance. Although the textbook will play an integral role in the class, it will be supplemented by other reading, class discussion, and essay assignments. The goal of this class is not to fill the students’ heads with a collection of facts and dates. Rather, it is to help students develop the ability to think critically about the role, purpose, and exercise of government. To accomplish this, the class will supplement the text, which is tailored to American government. The class will spend a significant portion of time on the United States, but will carve out some space for students to explore the political ideas and philosophies of previous eras in order to expand their understanding of America and the world
Course Format and Materials
During the weekly meetings we will review key concepts and terms through notes, reading quizzes, group discussion, and small projects (such as brief presentations). Weekly homework will include reading, vocabulary, study guides/reading comprehension questions, and work on any assigned projects or papers. Homework, quizzes, projects, papers, and tests will be graded by the tutor. Students will need to purchase these required materials: Exploring Government text, We Hold These Truths, and the Student Review pack. If you have more than one student in the class, you will need to purchase additional Student Review packs.
Course Cost and Location
Classes will be held on Wednesday mornings Round Hill from 9:30-11:00 AM, beginning January 17 and ending in early May. Tuition is $200 per enrolled student. Maximum class size is 15 students.
To indicate your interest in joining this class, access the Request Registration form below. Please submit one request for each attendee. We will contact you to answer any questions and make payment arrangements. Please note that filling out this form expresses your interest only, it is not binding upon you or upon Providence Prep.
For transcript purposes, this course will provide 1 semester (usually 1/2 credit) US Government course.
About the Instructor
Andrew Bambrick is a second semester junior at Patrick Henry College studying Government and Minoring in history. He has been involved in politics since 2013 when he interned in his hometown Mayor’s reelection campaign. Since then, he has volunteered on campaigns, worked for the Republican Party of Virginia, and was privileged to attend the most recent presidential inauguration. Andrew is currently interning at Providence Prep, and teaches history to high school students. Beginning this January, he will also be interning on the Hill for a Congressman from his home state of New Jersey. This will be his second time teaching US government to high school students. He is passionate about the need for students to understand the foundations and workings of our system of government.