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Learning Recommendations:  This year-long course is designed for students who have completed Algebra and Geometry and want to use their math skills as they learn about finances. It can also be used as an elective for CTE or Math.

General Description: This course is designed to build upon prior knowledge of math concepts from other courses. This algebra-based CTE course features real-world algebra concepts found in investing, banking, credit, income taxes, insurance, and household budgeting. Step-by-step strategies will help students learn the time value of money, evaluate the best banks and credit cards, make financial decisions like buying a car or renting an apartment, calculate payments and interest in loans, invest in the stock market, and build a business plan by knowing costs, profits, and break even points.


  • Real world situations represented through functions, graphs and tables, statistics, regressions
  • Functions: linear, quadratic, exponential, piecewise, and others
  • Systems of equations and inequalities, Exponential growth and decay
  • Excel and online applications

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Collaborative instructional approach
  • Direct Instruction
  • Technology enhanced instruction

Homework:  Homework for this class is mainly assigned practice problems in a workbook and is usually completed within 30 minutes. Time is often given in class to start assignments. Projects and tests are done in class.

Course Fee / Materials: Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link.  A graphing calculator is provided in the classroom, but student should have one to use at home.

CTE Dual Credit:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Renton Technical College. Students must complete both semesters of the applied math course with a grade of ā€œCā€ (2.0) or better. They must register for the Dual Credit at Renton Technical College in the same school year they compete the course by attending the annual field trip OR going to the college to register in person with the following documents filled out, a photo ID and a $30 application fee.