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.

  • Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help?
    This resource provides the psychology teacher with a quick reference for needs and questions that arise while preparing to teach a course.

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

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

  • Resource Vetting Rubric (PDF, 48KB)
    The document should be used when vetting resources to use in the high school psychology classroom.

Get Involved

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



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.