Economic Literacy in the Middle School

Middle School students engage with Economic Literacy in numerous ways within the core curriculum, especially in their history classes. The clubs and activities programs also offer students the opportunity to be part of a student run bank, to learn how to start a business and market their goods, and to discuss global economic issues through dialogue and Model UN clubs. During Envision Richmond, our 8th grade capstone experience, students engage with challenging issues facing the city of Richmond and are asked to examine economic factors in their problem solving.

Highlights of Economic Literacy in the Middle School are the Golden Cougar Savings Bank and Stock Market Game.

The Golden Cougar Savings Bank

Similar to the Savings Club in the Lower School, The Golden Cougar is operated by students for students. Middle School students have the ability to open interest-bearing accounts, make deposits, withdrawals and receive statements.  The learning objectives are to familiarize the students with the importance of saving money, and improve decision-making skills within a financial framework.

Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game is a simulation of what it is like to invest in the Stock Market and takes place in all 5th grade math classes. Students participate in teams and manage an online investment portfolio valued at $100,000 and watch what happens in the real market.  The game helps teach math, social studies, business, economics and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investment.   The game lasts for 10 weeks; the top team earned over $13,000 in the market in that time.  Collegiate has had several teams place among the highest in the region.