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AP U.S. Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of this course.

Note: summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle websites.


  • Social Studies


UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved




Carondelet/De La Salle


12th grade


Completed AP application, completion of US History with an A- or better each semester or completion of AP US History with a B- or better each semester, and department chair approval.

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