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Career connected learning draws more students to Cascade High School advanced placement classes

Cascade High School AP Economics students work on their presentation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
AP Economics students work on their presentation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

AP Economics courses applies math and more to real life.

Cascade High School teacher Breanna Youngberg has seen the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) Economics nearly double in the three years she has taught the courses. This year she has 83 sophmores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in her three AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics classes.

The number of students enrolled in AP classes across the district has also nearly doubled in the past five years, totaling 1,657 students last school year.

Cascade High School students offered various reasons for taking the course.

“I wanted to know how the world works,” stated 11th-grade student Logan Dodge.

Tenth-grader Israel Munoz shared, “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be a businessman.”

The courses provide students with varied experiences that help develop a depth of understanding beyond basic economic principles. They support discussion and further exploration of the courses’ most challenging concepts.

Students in AP Microeconomics do the following:

  • Research and debate current economic events.
  • Learn lessons in personal finance such as completing taxes, creating budgets, and applying for house or car loans.
  • Hear from guest speakers.
  • Participate in a stock market game.
  • Produce YouTube videos and posters that demonstrate understanding of learning objectives.

As the school year ends, students demonstrate many of the course concepts they have learned by creating a plan for a business start-up and then producing a “Shark Tank” presentation to the class on how their company will achieve success. 

Youngberg, a Math, AP, and Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher, believes economic decisions affect everyone and people who understand the principles of economics will be at a great advantage in life. She brings together the strengths of math, college-level rigor and career preparation for students through a relevant and integrated approach to AP Economics.

“I love teaching this course because it blends my current love of teaching mathematics with my background as a financial analyst,” shared Youngberg.

“At the end of year, it is not about the scores on the AP exam but on the incredible learning they will take with them, learning that will last a lifetime.”

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