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SLCSE students

US History I  (8th grade)

Course disclosure in English and Spanish.

United States History for grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: exploration, colonization, Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, Civil War, Reconstruction, and western movement.  This is a required course.

US History II (9th grade)

Humanities course disclosure in English and Spanish

Understanding United States history is essential for the continuation of our democratic society. This course will help students make connections between their world and the rich heritage of the United States history. The course is designed as a survey of American history with an emphasis on post-Reconstruction America (1876-Present), but will include a review of the earlier period.  This is a required course.

US History II (9th grade) Honors

This optional course is ideal for any student who enjoys history, is a self-directed learner, and is interested in taking a healthy academic risk this year.  Honors history is offered in addition to the US History II course students take during their regular school day.  Students are expected to meet for 1.5 hours on 3 Fridays per quarter.  Each quarter students will be assigned an additional project that is designed push them deeper into the content covered in class, while developing their college readiness skills.

Geopolitics (10th grade)

Course disclosure in English and Spanish.

This class integrates two required semester courses: Geography for Life and US Government and Politics. The purpose of the course is to promote informed, active citizenship. In addition, we will explore physical, cultural, and political geography questions in our world today. The course is an opportunity for every student to develop skills including critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking, and listening. Topics include geopolitics in African countries, the role of the US government, challenges facing the European Union, and US immigration policy. All students have the option of earning honors credit by completing a National History Day project.

World Civilizations I & II (11th grade)

Course disclosure in English and Spanish.

This course focuses on key turning points in World History, with an equal emphasis on social and political history. We will use historical case studies to examine people’s beliefs, the organization of their societies, the outcome of their interactions with other groups, and how they challenged the religious, social, and political status quo. While it is not possible to study all of the world’s history in one year (or ever, really), our goal will be to use case studies to examine central themes throughout history and practice the skills historians use.  This is a required course.

Financial Literacy

Course disclosure in English and Spanish

Financial Literacy could be re-named “Life –The Handbook.” This course will cover a variety of topics relating to finances including making choices and goal setting, income and careers, budgeting and saving, as well as investing and retirement planning.  This is a required course.


This class will be an introduction to the topic of psychology. Since psychology has many different facets, we will briefly cover a few of these topics. Topics include personality theory, clinical practices, lifetime development of thought processes, cognitive psychology and abnormal psychology. Psychology is a science that is always changing as people change. The way in which we study these changes is through research, therefore, students will learn about research methods and complete their own research project.

AP Psychology

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological, facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  This is an elective course, open to any student grades 10-12.

AP Comparative Government

In this class we learn about the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Iran, China, Russia and Mexico. Students compare and contrast the governments and political systems of these countries. The class is both educational and engaging: we all become experts in the governments and politics of these nations. We learn about global politics which will help guide us toward greater local action and understanding of diverse perspectives. We grow as readers, writers, speakers, listeners and critical thinkers. All students are expected to take the AP exam at the end of the course with the possibility of earning college credit.

AP European History

Course disclosure in English and Spanish

​In this class, we will learn about European History. We will move through our content chronologically: beginning around 1450 and working our way to the present.
Mr. Crandall’s goals for this class include:

  • Every student prepares for class and contributes.
  • We explore themes and concepts of the human experience.
  • We ask thoughtful questions and make academic connections.
  • We build a collaborative community of historians.
  • We grow as readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and critical thinkers.
  • Every student takes the AP European History exam and scores a 4 or 5: earning two semesters of college credit at most universities.

I want the class to be available to any 11th or 12th grade SLCSE students who are willing to work consistently and challenge themselves. In some cases, highly motivated 10th grade students may take the class. I believe this class will be interesting while also providing opportunities to practice skills such as organization, time management, and research that can benefit everyone academically and personally.