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United States History

Master Teacher: Brian Trimmer
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: US History is divided into six different sections, which reflect major periods of American history (such as the Colonial Era, the American Civil War, the “Roaring 20’s”, etc.) Students explore America’s social, intellectual, political, and cultural identity. They see how God has revealed Himself in the history of our nation, and learn that the majority of America’s founders held to a providential view of history. 

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1 Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Brian Trimmer

Section 2 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Ms. Cally Henrichs
Section 3 Mondays, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Imelda Sierra-Velazquez

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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  • Students will learn

    • How to understand American history by examining important events, peoples, and leaders 
    • How to understand the importance of our nation’s Christian heritage 
    • How to better understand the development of government institutions and practices 
    • How to develop a higher level of critical thinking with respect to cause-and-effect, bias, and perspective 
    • How to understand geographical and environmental determinism 
  • How much homework is in United States History?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week. During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 1 recorded lecture
    • 25–40 pages of reading

    Throughout the year, students complete an exam every 5-6 weeks, a project every 5-6 weeks, and discussion forum posts every 2-4 weeks. 

  • What books will I use in United States History?

    The official booklist for United States History is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be able to read and write at a 9th grade level. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in United States History?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed United States History class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.