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Economics / Personal Finance

Exploring economic principles and financial literacy



Toyra LeBlanc


Class size:

minimum 6, maximum 16


Additional fees:

$20 materials fee


Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-4) 1:30-2:50 

(Wed-3) 12:05-1:25 


Pre-requisites for class:

Basic math skills


Graduation requirement:

Math: "other" credit, Citizenship: "other" credit, Personal finance credit

  • Course Description

Understanding economic principles and financial literacy is essential in real-world experiences. Students will learn about economics with a focus on the fundamental principles concerning the production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services. We will also learn about the problem of scarcity in the United States and the global comparison of scarcity. Students will analyze the interaction of supply, demand, and price. Students will investigate the concepts of specialization and international trade, economic growth, key economic measurements, and monetary and fiscal policy. Students will study the roles of the Federal Reserve System and other financial institutions, governments, and businesses in a free enterprise system. This course will also incorporate instruction in making informed decisions in career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, and investing.

  • Classwork / Homework
This class is interactive with discussions and case studies of historical US economic events requiring critical thinking. The second semester will include Personal Finance where in-class students will identify and develop financial goals. The second semester will end with career research/focus. Homework will be assigned each week. A workbook will not be required for this class worksheets will be available in the student account to print at home. Students will receive a quiz at the completion of each unit. Final grades will be accumulated based on homework, quizzes, and projects.
  • Required Books & Materials

Introduction to Business

Glencoe, McGraw-Hill (2008)

ISBN: 978-0-07-874768-7

*Do not buy new.*

Check used booksellers for best price.

  • 3-ring binder with notebook paper 

  • 5 page dividers

  • 12 page protectors

  • Pencil/pens

  • Highlighters

  • Home printer access

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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