Economics and Personal Finance - High School

Learn more about the Economics and Personal Finance requirements.

One credit in economics and personal finance must be completed prior to graduation. This course is required for the Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas.

Course Options:

  • Self-Directed Online Economics and Personal Finance - (6120SD)
    • Meets online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
  • Economics and Personal Finance (612000)
    • Meets online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
    Economics and Personal Finance HN (612036)
    • Meets online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
    Economics and Personal Finance-online (612099)
    • School year and summer options available
    • Meets online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
    Economics and Personal Finance two semesters (612011/612012)
    • Meets online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
    AP Macro-Micro Economics (280204/280304)
  • AP Macro-Micro Economic-online (280392/280292)
  • IB Economics (280008)
  • IB Business and Management
    • Meets the online requirement.
    • Industry credential available
  • Longwood University - Concurrent Enrollment
    • Enrollment directly through Longwood University - 3 college credits
    • Must receive permission before registering for the course
    • Summer Session: TBD

Self-Directed Online Economics and Personal Finance

The Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance course has been updated beginning September 21, 2020. The new course features include:

  • updated curriculum
  • interactive modules
  • exit tickets
  • an updated access link

Course Information

The course is self-directed, students complete the work during the course time frame (there are no extensions). The student must be self-motivated and able to complete the requirements without a teacher to direct and assist with studies. A teacher is not available to explain the material.

Students read through 14 modules, complete 140 Exit Tickets, 14 module tests, and a final exam. Students are not required to meet face-to-face. This course is only available as pass/fail. During the Fall Session, students will receive a no mark "NM" for quarter grades, except for the 3rd quarter. Again this year, students will receive a 3rd quarter grade based on their progress in the course at this point. Students will receive either a P if they are passing or an F if they are behind in their work. The final grade will show as a P or F on the student’s transcript.

A suggested schedule for completion is provided. Students, parents, and the school will be notified if a student is behind or is not logging in to the course on a regular basis.

This course meets the Economics and Personal Finance graduation requirement.

Note: Students access the course in Schoology.

Eligibility

Current FCPS Students (Grades 9-12)

Dates

Fall Session Dates

September 5, 2022 – Friday, May 5, 2023

Summer Session Dates

Monday, June 5, 2023 – Friday, July 28, 2023

Registration

Summer Registration Dates:

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – Friday, May 19, 2023

Students register for the course through ACE.

Students who want to take the Fall Session (8th Period Option) must have a full schedule (8/9 periods depending on the school) to register. Counselor approval is required.

After registering, an email with course link will be sent to the student's fcpsschools.net email address a few days prior to the start of the course. 

W!SE Financial Literacy Exam

The W!SE financial literacy exam is not required, but is highly recommended. This test meets the certification graduation requirement for those students who are earning a standard diploma.

School Year Exams

Schools may provide testing opportunities at various times during the school year.  Students receive information after they enroll in the class.

Summer Exams

Most schools provide testing opportunities in June, July, and August. Test dates vary by school. Facilitators will share the schedule.

Self-Directed Online Economics and Personal Finance

Tuition:
Full - $100
Reduced Lunch - $50
Free Lunch - $10

Grading:
This course is pass-fail only. The final grade will be determined based on the results of the 144 Exit Tickets, 14 Module Tests, and a Final Exam.