Welcome to AP Social Studies!
As an AP Level, we strongly suggest that AP students take a four year approach to the Social Studies in order to be fully prepared for each class. Our department gives about 50% of the AP Tests at Basha High School and strives for excellence in preparing our students for AP curriculum and tests. In the 2018-2019 school year, our department surpassed the national and state average in most areas of the AP tests.
Please contact the teachers of each subject for more information.
Core AP Path:
Sophomore: AP Human Geography (Mr. Arlie Hunt)
AP Psychology (Ms. Allison Reynolds)
AP Test Expectations
The expectation of students taking an AP course is that they are working towards taking the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the school year in May. In preparation for that exam, we strongly suggest that students secure an Albert.IO license, which will be available for purchase within the first five weeks of school. We have used this online program over the past few years and students who have used the program have been more prepared for their exams. Additionally, the program provides diagnostics for teachers to assess the student progress on a continuous basis, which allows for more directed feedback and additional help when necessary. This is something that the entire AP Social Studies team supports, as we firmly believe this creates the best outcomes for all of our students.
Basha High School’s AP Team
Mrs. Beth Bonewell, M. Ed
This is Mrs. Bonewell's second year at Basha High School teaching AP US History (offering Dual Enrollment through Chandler Gilbert Community College) and American History. Prior to her time at Basha, she taught Social Studies for 15 years in the Mesa School District, as well as 10 years teaching Dual Enrollment for Rio Salado Community College and Mesa Community College. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, academic specialization in Social Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from University of Phoenix. She has also been responsible for developing curriculum for Current Events, was on the textbook adoption committee for American History, as well as creating the district wide assessment in the Mesa School District. In addition, Mrs. Bonewell is trained in the following: Project Citizen, Boomerang Project, and AVID.
Mr. Christopher Evans, M. Ed, James Madison Fellow
Mr. Evans has been a Basha High School social studies teacher for 12 years and has taught and developed curriculum for AP Macroeconomics, AP US History, AP Comparative Government, Economics, Government, US History, World History, and Current Events. Mr. Evans was named a national fellow by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, the Bill of Rights Institute, and Street Law, Inc. He has attended professional development conferences and colloquiums in Nashville, Austin, Washington D.C., and Oxford, England. Additionally, he serves on the Teacher Advisory Board for the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, and on the Bill of Rights Institute's Teacher Council. Mr. Evans received a B.A. in History and a minor in Economics from Arizona State University in 2007, and an M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU in 2008. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts in American History from Harvard University with an expected completion of May 2021, and he spent the summer studying the Foundations of American Constitutionalism at Georgetown University.
Mr. Arlie Hunt, MA. Ed
Mr. Hunt has 22 years of teaching experience. The first 12 years were at Andersen Jr. High School teaching Geography, Government, United States History, and Life Skills. The last 10 years have been at Basha High School teaching College Prep World History, College Prep United States History, AP Human Geography, and AP United States History. Mr. Hunt has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a dual major in History and Geography from the University of Arizona. He also has a MAED in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a recipient of the John J. Ross Award for Teacher Excellence in Law-Related Education from the Arizona Bar Association. Mr. Hunt specializes in preparing students for success on AP exams. For example, Mr. Hunt’s students accounted for over 10% of the 538 fours and fives Basha High School earned last year.
Mr. Charles Johnson, NBCT, M.Ed
Mr. Johnson is in his 12th year of teaching at Basha High School. He teaches 9th Grade AP World History, 7th Grade Pre-AP World History and Honors Academic Decathlon classes. During his tenure at Basha, he has also taught AP US History and an elective course on the Cold War. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education History from Arizona State University in 2008 and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2010. Mr. Johnson is an AP Reader, working with high school teachers and college professors across the nation to score the AP World History Exam. He has been reading for AP since 2013. In 2017, Mr. Johnson became a National Board Certified Teacher, one of only two NBCT Social Studies teachers currently employed in the Chandler Unified School District. Mr. Johnson is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University, with targeted completion in December 2020.
Ms. Allison Reynolds
Ms. Reynolds is in her 5th year of teaching at Basha High School. In her time here at Basha, she has taught College Prep World History and American/Arizona History. Ms. Reynolds currently teaches AP World History, Introduction to Psychology, and AP Psychology. Ms. Reynolds graduated from ASU with a BS in Psychology and BAE in Secondary Education (History). With Barrett, the Honors College, Ms. Reynolds successfully defended an undergraduate thesis by researching and experimenting the impact of visual stimuli on intergroup perception. Recently, she has worked to rebuild and restructure Basha High’s psychology program. As a teacher, she has involved herself in many professional development opportunities, including four AP institutes and a four year long study of formative assessment in the classroom. After being accepted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, she spent time studying early colonial America with renowned historian John Demos at Yale University. She also attended the National Council for Social Studies annual conference to further knowledge in both history and psychology. Ms. Reynolds stays active in the Psychology Community as part of NCSS (National Council for Social Studies) and a member of the American Psychological Association.
Ms. Elizabeth Schley, NBCT, M. Ed
Ms. Schley is in her 17th year of teaching and has taught most of the social sciences in a public school setting including; 8th grade, AP Government and Politics, and dabbled in APUSH, World History, US History, and College Prep Government and Politics. She has experience with many amazing professional development opportunities including studying at Stanford Law, Georgetown Law, and won a fellowship to study at Ashland University on the topic of Political Parties. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education emphasis in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s in Secondary Education emphasis in History, both from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Schley is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies/History. She has been in the following articles: The Real Work Of Understanding History , Lessons on US Constitution Find New Relevance,and is featured on the Bill of Rights Educator Spotlight!
Ms. Schley also writes for The Standard about civic education and for Stories from AZ Schools, and has been in the following podcast; Teacher Tips. Lastly, Ms. Schley writes a blog for AP Government teachers to share ideas, Teaching AP Government.