World History

This class tries to approach the impossible task of teaching the entire history of the world by focusing on what scholars believe are the most important events in history as a guide for students to understand the complex nature of the rise of humanity. Students will be given the view of history that is most agreed upon by scholars and allowed to interpret the meanings of this for themselves. All viewpoints will be considered based on the merits of historical truth they hold

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World History can be a difficult course for students due to the scope that we must cover in a calendar year. For this reason I have placed some resources on this page for students to use in studying. Part of these resources are there for my AP courses. The first AP class can be stressful and students need as much help to guide them through this process as possible. This section will give them as much of the resources that they need as I can find or develop.

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Writing flawless essays is one of the most difficult concepts for young students to master. Students often ask for a specific set of rules to guide them in their writings instead of seeing writing as an art that is meant to inspire. This section will try to find a way to give students the rules that they want while not taking away from the creative side of writing that is a necessity for all great writers. It is our hope that this helps them on their way towards truly great writing.

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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Why Learn World History?

In our global society it is becoming more and more important that we understand each other on deeper levels than we had before. Whether we are focused on economic issues in our country or our continued fight against terrorism, a working knowledge of those we interact with is vital for our countries future. This course gives the students some of the basic background knowledge that could help them to understand both the reasons why other people make the decisions that they make, but also gives students a deeper grasp of the reasons why the United States chose the path we took. For these reasons, this course is much more important than people understand for the future of our children.

For a deeper analysis of the need for history please click the link below. 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

― Nelson Mandela


West CTA

WCTA is a magnet school with 9 program areas that students can focus on. Our school focuses on project based learning activities and giving students real world lessons that they can take to post-secondary education or to whatever job they choose to strive for. While we have no sports programs, students can (and do) still participate in sports teams at their zoned schools. 


Male population at WCTA


Female population at WCTA


School Graduation rate