Three and one-half units of social studies are required for graduation (US History; Economic, Legal and Political Systems (ELP); World History, Applied Economics 0.5)
College or the working world, Providence prides itself on preparing our students for the challenges of life beyond high school.
The faculty includes teachers who have distinguished themselves as published historians, Charlotte World Affairs Scholars, North Carolina Teachers' Academy Instructors, a national Economics Teacher of the Year, a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Studies, and a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. A large majority of instructors have earned their Masters degrees in education or their specialty areas, and several are currently pursuing national teaching certificates. The faculty is certified to teach all social studies courses currently offered at the advanced placement level in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Advanced Placement courses offered at Providence include Psychology, United States History, United States Government, and European History, with Human Geography, Economics and Art History added in 2001- 2002. AP World History will be added in 2002-2003. These courses challenge students to achieve at a college level through intensive study and discussions of readings from primary and secondary source materials and a demanding schedule of examinations and writing assignments, culminating in rigorous AP testing, through which students can earn college credits.
Honors levels courses are offered in World History, Economic Legal and Political Systems of the United States, and United States History. These courses are designed to take the student further in depth in the exploration of curriculum through the use of supplemental readings and expanded use of written assignments and research-based learning, along with a demanding testing program.
Humanities courses are offered in United States History and World History in conjunction with the English department offerings for American and World Literature. These courses combine the disciplines of history and literature to create a richer understanding of the cultures that shape the thought and values of our country and our world.
Advanced courses are offered in British History, World History, Economic Legal and Political Systems of the United States, World Geography, Psychology, United States History, and United States Government. Advanced students are challenged to excel through supplemental readings and increased use of essays and projects in the assessment process, along with a rigorous testing program.
Regular level courses are offered in Practical Law, Current Affairs, Government and Law, Sociology, Economics, World History, Economic Legal and Political Systems of the United States, World Geography, Psychology, United States History, and United States Government. These courses offer the student the opportunity to master the basic curriculum as developed by the state of North Carolina in the subject area through text-based readings and a regular schedule of homework, quizzes and tests.