AP United States History, Test Prep: 1890-Present

This course will introduce students to the final three time periods (1890–Present) 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 2020–2021 school year. The aim is to enable students to get the highest possible score on the exam and to come away with the deepest understanding of American history.

This course is a continuation of AP United States History, Test Prep: 1492–1898 offered in Fall 2020.

Key Information

  • The course begins on Saturday, March 6.
  • Classes will occur once a week for eight weeks. Please note that there will be no class on April 3 and April 10. 
  • Classes will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.
  • Weekly classes will be 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, and Q&A discussions.
  • This course has an estimated weekly time commitment of 1.5 hours (one hour of class time, 30 minutes independent review of GLI APUSH materials).

Intended Audience

This class is for high school students (grades 9–12). Parents, teachers, and other adults are welcome to attend the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning. Adults are encouraged to view the class recordings, which will be made available on this course page.

Class Schedule and Registration

Registration is for the full eight-week, eight-session course. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view recordings. Videos will automatically be added to this course page.

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Week 1

Saturday, March 6, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 7, 1890–1945: Part 1

Week 2

Saturday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 7, 1890–1945: Part 2

Week 3

Saturday, March 20, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 7, 1890–1945: Part 3

Week 4

Saturday, March 27, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 8, 1945–1980: Part 1

Week 5

Saturday, April 17, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 8, 1945–1980: Part 2

Week 6

Saturday, April 24, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 8, 1945–1980: Part 3

Week 7

Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Period 9, 1980–Present

Week 8

Saturday, May 8, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Review and Reflection

Meet Your Teacher

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.”

Participation Certificate

Students who get 100% on the attendance quiz can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their attendance in each History School session.

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