The voice of high school psychology teachers within the APA, TOPSS promotes excellence in the teaching of psychological science at the high school level.

Teaching Resources

  • Unit lesson plans 
    Five- to seven-day units that include a procedural timeline, content outline, suggested resources, activities and references.

  • Videos  
    Use these recorded conference sessions in your classroom or to expand your own knowledge.

  • Online Psychology Laboratory 
    Offers students opportunities to participate in studies and engage in data analysis

  • For new teachers
    Resource manual to help new high school psychology teachers get started, plan lessons and activities, and more.

Get Involved

  • Join TOPSS
    Become a high school teacher affiliate and enjoy many great benefits.

  • Local/state groups for teachers
    A listing of local, regional or state groups or conferences (workshops) for high school psychology teachers.

  • Workshops and conferences
    Teaching workshops and conferences are great venues for professional development and networking.


For Your Students

Governance and Policies

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Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools

To promote the scientific nature of introductory and advanced high school psychology; to meet curricular needs of secondary school teachers; and to provide opportunities for high school students to be recognized and rewarded for their academic excellence.
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula

In addition to setting forth learning objectives for high school psychology students, this document provides guidance for teaching based on active learning principles and recommendations for student learning assessment.

Guidelines for Preparing High School Psychology Teachers

Follow these teaching guidelines covering the certification and training of high school psychology teachers.