Electives

Personal Finance

Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12
This personal finance course is divided into four modules: savings and budgeting, credit and debt, financial planning and insurance, and income, taxes, and giving. Each module is independent and may be studied on its own, although studying them together provides a deeper understanding of the interconnections across modules and the various trade-offs across them. Throughout the course, we will explore interesting and relevant real-world examples so that you can better understand the underlying concepts. We will also relate relevant academic research to the topic on hand and show how the research findings are relevant to your daily financial decisions. This course provides practical, ready-to-use solutions to use in your daily life. All solutions may not be equally important for you given your age and priorities, but they will certainly be relevant to you at some point in your life.


Psychology

The purpose of this course in psychology is to introduce students to core concepts and content areas in the field. The course introduces students to the methods of inquiry and evaluation used by psychologists. Human development from birth to death is explored from both a biological and environmental perspective. The content of the course provides students with information about issues that all individuals encounter not only concerning themselves but in their relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances. Studying psychology should lead students to an appreciation of and tolerance for individual differences. Students should acquire insight into the complex determinants underlying individual and group behavior. Finally, students should be prepared to be intelligent consumers of psychological services.This course conforms to the American Psychological Association's recommended guidelines for a high school psychology course.


Practical Law: What's in your Guacamole (1 semester)

This course examines law-related subjects relevant to the student's life. Topics include criminal law and procedures, the law of torts, and civil procedures, and individuals rights and liberties. The course emphasizes individual accountability and the role of law in American society. Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None