For the 11th and 12th grade, Casa Grande is organized into Small Learning Communities (SLCs) called clusters. Students in each cluster benefit from teacher teams made up of core and elective course instructors. Cluster teachers work together to design and deliver engaging interdisciplinary curric- ulum tied to one of four areas of focus. Clusters provide an opportunity for students to choose an area of interest where the core classes in English and social studies incorporate real-world applications, promote critical thinking and problem solving. The electives in each cluster serve to add further depth and relevance to the curriculum.
Technological advances, global-economic competition, and social, political, and environmental transfor- mation have expanded the needs of students as they prepare for 21st century challenges. Our world today requires that its people have increased knowledge, skills, and flexibility, as well as global and civic awareness. To better pre- pare young people for their futures, Casa Grande High School is working to help students succeed in challenging sub- jects by providing more relevant contexts for their learning.