AP United States History

This course will introduce students to the nine periods covered by the College Board’s AP United States History curriculum. Students will use the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s APUSH Study Guide and primary source documents to discuss major historical topics. Additionally, this course will focus on strategies for reading and writing that will prove essential for any student planning to take the APUSH exam during the 2022–2023 school year. The aim is to enable students to get the highest possible score on the exam and to come away with a deeper understanding of American history. 

Key Information

  • This is an asynchronous course.
  • Course access will begin July 5, 2022
  • The course consists of thirteen, 60-minute previously recorded videos.
  • Two optional Q&A live sessions will occur at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 28 and Thursday, August 11 with a Master Teacher on Zoom

Intended Audience

This course is for high school students (grades 9–12). 

Schedule and Registration 

Registration is for the thirteen, 60-minute recorded videos and two Q&A live sessions. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here.

Please follow the instructions on the registration page. Once registered, students will be enrolled in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community and have access to course content and materials.


Sara Ziemnik has taught American history and world history for twenty years at Rocky River High School in Ohio, where she centers her students’ experience around discussion and inquisitive learning. In 2017 she was awarded National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She encourages her students to learn from one another. Of her approach, she says, “My students have the responsibility as American citizens to form their own opinions.”

Certificate of Completion

Students who watch at least 30 consecutive minutes of each video, contribute a question or comment to the Discussion Board, and attend at least one Question and Answer session can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History School course.

Please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org if you have any questions.