This class is only offered in the Spring Semester (January 15 – May 11, 2018)

This is a one semester class that will cover basic high school economics in a fun and creative way!




This is a one-semester honors class that will cover the material usually taught in a high school Economics class in as creative a manner as possible. Instead of textbooks, students will learn through videos, games, simulations, podcast etc. Popular movies and TV shows will be used to teach economic principles too!

Students’ grades will be based on assignments and not on tests (there will be some quizzes). Students will be required to conduct research and deliver projects that show their mastery of the subject eg create comic strips, animations, slideshows, and posters.

Instructor: Meryl van der Merwe (

Hours: 4 to 6 hours per week

For: Grades 9 -12

Credit Hours: 1/2 High School Credit on completion of the semester

Syllabus: Available here

Dates: Spring Semester: January 15 – May 11, 2018 (one week of own choosing in March for Spring Break)

Required Materials: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard Maybury

Examples of student work

By Kate P
Created by Sadie E
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7 reviews for Economics

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    P Daigle

    Took the course in 2017, and loved it! There are lots of interactive games, without textbooks and tests! You learn a whole lot, and the activites are incredible. Even if this is merely an elective course, I’d take it.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    I had a great time in this class! I not only had tons of fun, but I also learned a lot of information!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Abbey b

    Really great class and teacher! This class really helps you understand what’s going on in your own economy, and well just understand economics. No tests, no textbook reading, fun games, and activities that help you learn and think. Learn a lot while having fun (most of the time) you still have homework that can be time consuming. Overall great class, would definitely recommend!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lindsey H.

    I took this class in the spring semester of 2016-17 and I loved it! It was very interactive and engaging, and it is well suited for a wide range of learning styles. This class definitely makes Economics interesting and fun! I would absolutely recommend this course!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is an awesome Economics course. Mrs. Van der Merwe teaches the subject in such a way that you’ll become transfixed in a subject that might have previously bored you. 10/10, would take again.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline B

    This is a really great class to get a good understanding of how the economy actually works! There are no major tests or textbooks, just a variety of activities that really help teach and reinforce the concepts. Definitely a very engaging and informative class!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bryce Bible

    I took this class in Spring 2017, after taking another one of these courses in the Fall, and I absolutely love it. Mrs. Van der Merwe was my favourite teacher! She incorporates technology and fun into every single lesson. You will learn a lot, I promise that! And most of the time, you’ll forget you’re learning, because it’s so fun!

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