Advanced Placement U.S. History is an intensive study of the United States from its colonial beginnings through the current era. This course is designed to build a strong base of knowledge along with a firm grasp of the discipline of history, while fostering new ideas and trains of thought.   The idea of this course is to achieve these ends through higher order thinking, intelligent discussion, engaging project-based learning, and rigorous study.   By the end of the year, the students in this class will have a solid start toward becoming historians.