AP United States History

This course will introduce students to each of the nine time 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 2020–2021 school year. The aim is to enable students taking the AP US History Exam next year to get the highest possible score on the exam and to come away with the deepest understanding of American history.

Beginning on Wednesday, June 17, classes will occur twice a week for nine weeks. The sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Weekly lessons will be 45 minutes in length on Zoom. A maximum of 100 students will be able to register for this course. These classes will encourage continual interaction with students through polls, the chat, and discussion through audio and (optional) video. Weekly Q&A sessions will be 30–45 minutes in length on Zoom and enable students to ask questions and follow up on any portions of the weekly lesson that they would like to review. This course has an estimated weekly commitment of 90 minutes of class time plus an additional 1 hour for a weekly assignment.

  • Class: Wednesdays, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET
  • Q&A: Thursdays, 1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

This course is currently full.

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Intended Audience

This course is for students who will take an APUSH course or the exam in the upcoming school year. Parents, teachers, and families are welcome to audit the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.

Please note that course enrollment is limited, and priority will be given to students before auditors are confirmed.

Lesson Schedule and Registration

Lessons will be based on the Gilder Lehrman APUSH Study Guide. Registration is for the full 9-week, 18-session course. Registration is now closed.

Week 1

Period 1 (1491–1607)

Class: Wednesday, June 17

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, June 18

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 2

Period 2 (1607–1754)

Class: Wednesday, June 24

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, June 25

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 3:  

Period 3 (1754–1800)

Class: Wednesday, July 1

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, July 2

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 4: 

Period 4 (1800–1848)

Class: Wednesday, July 8

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, July 9

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 5

Period 5 (1844–1877)

Class: Wednesday, July 15

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, July 16

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 6

Period 6 (1865–1898)

Class: Wednesday, July 22

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, July 23

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 7

Period 7(1890–1945)

Class: Wednesday, July 29

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, July 30

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 8

Period 8 (1945–1980)

Class: Wednesday, August 5

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, August 6

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Week 9

Period 9 (1980–Present)

Class: Wednesday, August 12

           1:00–1:45 p.m. ET

Q&A: Thursday, August 13

           1:00–1:45 pm ET

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 attend 7 out of 9 classes and 7 out of 9 Q&A sessions qualify to receive a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their participation in this History School course.

Please email apush@gilderlehrman.orgif you have any questions.