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Economics / Personal Finance

Exploring economic principles and financial literacy



Toyra LeBlanc


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:

$25 materials fee


Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-4) 1:30-2:50 

(Wed-4) 1:30-2:50 


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. This economics course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of economic principles and concepts. 


In the first semester, some of the lessons will cover fundamental economic concepts that include decision-making, understanding the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics, basic economic principles, international trade, economic systems, current economic issues, the Federal Reserve System, and U.S. economic history.

The second semester aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make informed financial and career decisions. The students will explore a range of topics with real-world applications. Some topics that will be covered are budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, and career exploration.

Students will have access to an automated classroom banking system. Students are paid for their class contribution; they will be able to invest and will also have fictitious bills to pay in the class.

  • 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 

  • Pencil/pens

  • Highlighters

  • Home printer access

  • Classwork / Homework
Students will engage in hands-on activities, interactive discussions, case studies, learn note
, and real-life simulations to reinforce their understanding of economic and personal finance concepts. Homework assignments consist of reading, discussion posts, and assigned worksheets. Homework should take 1 hour for completion a week. Students will need to use Google Classroom to read resources, print outlined notes, and complete/submit homework assignments students will need to maintain their binder with class notes and homework assignments. Final grades will be accumulated based on homework, classwork, tests, quizzes, and projects.
Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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