History Department

          Ribet’s history classes offer students a multitude of enriching and valuable experiences. History is the opportunity to explore and understand the past, which helps students make sense of the present and shape the future. Through engaging discussions and thought-provoking lessons, students gain a broader perspective on different cultures, societies, and historical events. They develop critical thinking skills as they analyze primary and secondary sources, evaluate multiple perspectives, and form their own interpretations. 

          Students learn to appreciate the complexity of human experiences and gain a deeper understanding of their own identities and the world around them. Ultimately, high school history classes not only provide a foundation of knowledge but also inspire students to become informed, active citizens who can contribute to a better future based on the lessons of the past. 

          History is the only department where students must take all of the following subjects to graduate rather than just 3 years of History. A student can (and most do) use the honors or AP version of the topic to meet the requirement. The subjects are listed below:

World History -  An all-encompassing seminar class dealing with events that range from the stone age all the way to the nuclear age. Honors and AP World History available.

United States History - This survey course examines the history and development of the United States from the colonial era through the present day. Honors and AP US History available.

American Government - Students are introduced to the major forces at work within the American political system. Instruction will deal with the concepts of Constitutional law, the legislative process and the ideology of our system of federalism and democracy. Honors and two AP classes available, AP Government & Politics and AP Comparative Government.

Economics- This course examines the structures of economies, major economic themes and philosophies, and the consequences of economic decision making.  Honors and two AP classes available AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.