FINANCIAL LITERACY STARTS AT A YOUNG AGE
The Financial Academy has been delivering a complete financial education from the ground up since 2016, with a curriculum that progresses through elementary, middle school, and high school. Classes focus on the four pillars of financial literacy: personal finance, economics, investing, and entrepreneurship.
Weekly lessons are adapted for grade-appropriate learning skills and supported with the latest educational technology, instructional materials, video presentations, and activities. Qualified financial education instructors deliver classroom instruction using learning techniques that motivate and inspire students to make life-long, financially responsible decisions.
Our comprehensive, classroom-tested curriculum, teaching pedagogy, and instructional materials meet the highest standards of personal financial education. The core subjects of Math, LA, and Social Studies are interwoven throughout the curriculum in topics such as learning to budget, business plan preparation, economics, and investing.
Our new high school curriculum is designed to tackle today’s challenging financial landscape. Topics on behavioural finance, identity theft, financial technology, mobile payments, cryptocurrency, alternative financial services, and the gig economy help prepare students for life after grade 12.
There are four annual experiential activities in the Academy including a Financial Meme Contest, Elevator Pitch Competition, and Stock Market Game where grades 6-12 students begin with a $100,000 account balance and manage a virtual investment portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
Young Entrepreneurs Annual Business Fair
Our year-end highlight event is the Young Entrepreneurs Annual Business Fair at North Point School. Every student will experience the entrepreneurial process at one of Canada’s largest youth business fairs. This fantastic event is the culmination of months of planning and hard work. Each student creates a product or service, prepares a formal business plan, develops their brand, and builds a marketing strategy. Then they open their booth to the hundreds of customers that attend this one-day marketplace.
We Know Boys
- Boys tend to be Visual and Kinesthetic learners.
- Boys process and express emotions differently than girls.
- Boys need male role models.
- Boys and girls develop different skills at different stages.
- Boys mature later than girls – physically and socially.
- Boys are curious and creative.
- Boys have boundless physical energy.
- Boys can be impulsive.
- Boys tend to be disorganized.
- Boys are competitive and are risk takers.
It is with this understanding that we have created an environment that celebrates boys’ strengths and interests, understands areas of growth, and is realistic about behaviour expectations.