Mr. Schramel

Good Day, My Name is Ryan Schramel and I am both a Co-Director and a classroom teacher at Indian Valley Academy. About me, I grew up here in Indian Valley. After graduating high school I attended Saint Mary's College in California. Following college, I accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. I spent 12 years as a Infantry Officer before getting out to move home and pursue a career in education.  

Currently I teach United States History and Civics (you can find a simple description of each below). There is a lot of overlap between the two courses as they have been constructed with goal of developing educated and engaged citizens in mind. Ideally students take U.S. History prior to Civics but its not a requirement. If taken in order then students receive a curriculum that scaffolds from our countries colonial foundations with conversations centering around our American Ideals; and ends with a detailed study of the system of government the framers designed to realize those Ideals.  


United States History is a one year 11th grade course that will examine the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization with a specific focus on America. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and the continuing tension between the individual and the state. 


Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship between federal, state, and local governments, and the Citizen. Particular attention is paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

Thank you for visiting if you have further questions regarding my classes please call (530) 284 - 7050 or email


Ryan Schramel