Economic Literacy in the Upper School

Advanced Placement Micro and Macroeconomics courses are taught in the Upper School, and large numbers of students enroll every year in this thriving program. Another opportunity is the student-run the Darr Davis Investment Club, which allocates gains to student clubs based on a grant allocation process. The Cochrane Summer Economics Institute is open to rising seniors in the Greater Richmond area. This summer program offers students the opportunity to connect with local companies in an immersive way and business leaders from around the area as guest speakers.  

Cochrane Summer Economics Institute

The Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) is a community outreach program administered by the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship at Collegiate School and funded, in part, by the Powell Economic Education Foundation. An intensive four-week summer program, CSEI asks students to make impactful decisions to solve a problem for a partner company by applying their knowledge of economics and entrepreneurship. Students apply as high school juniors, and each summer many as 24 rising senior high school students from 10 or more schools participate in the program. CSEI provides a $500 stipend to each participating student upon successful completion of the program. For more information about CSEI, visit

International Emerging Leaders: Asia Seminar

Seniors in this spring semester initiative of the International Emerging Leaders program engage in a comprehensive collaboration with our partner school in Yangzhou, China. The course focuses on examining the economic ties between the U.S. and China, but also explores current political, cultural, and ethical issues arising from an in-depth study of this topic through discussion, film, and a series of guest speakers. Technology supports an on-going collaboration with students in China. Collegiate students prepare for a 10-day trip to China in late March designed to challenge them with the nuance and complexity of experiencing China first hand. In addition, a delegation from our partner school in Yangzhou spends 10 days on Collegiate’s campus during this semester, and students in this seminar use design thinking to create meaningful education programs for our whole campus during their visit.

Darr-Davis Investment Advisory Board

The Darr-Davis Endowment Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. J.Harwood Cochrane in memory of Susan Darr and Catherine Davis.  The fund serves as an endowment with the investments directed by students, and the income used to fund student activities through a student-led grant allocation process.  The goals of the Darr-Davis Investment Advisory Board are to increase the amount of money in the Darr-Davis fund and fairly distribute the money between non-athletic and non-social clubs.