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 online requirement.
    • Industry credential available.
    Northern Virginia Community College – Concurrent Enrollment
    • Enrollment directly through NOVA–6 credit hours
    • Students would take Econ 110 (in-person only), Econ 120 (in-person or online)
    • Must receive permission before registering for courses.
  • Longwood University - Concurrent Enrollment
    • Enrollment directly through Longwood University - 3 college Credits
    • Must receive permission before registering for the course
    • Summer Session June 15 - July 11, 2020

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; and an updated access link.

Course Information

The course is self-directed, students complete the work during the course time frame. 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. Students will receive a no mark “NM” for quarter grades. A P or F will show as the final grade/mark on the student’s transcript. 

A suggested schedule for completion is provided. Grades are not affected for students who do not stay on schedule. However, 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 will login to the following website to access the course: https://fcpsk12.instructure.com/login/canvas

Eligibility

Current FCPS Students (Grades 9-12)

Dates

  • Fall Session: Monday, September 21, 2020 - Friday, May 28, 2021

Students must complete the course by May 28, 2021.

Registration

Registration for the Fall Session is open Tuesday, June 16 - Friday, September 11, 2020.

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. Students will use the link to complete the course registration process.

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 (8th Period)

Tuition:
Full - $140
Reduced Lunch - $70
Free Lunch - $14

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.