As a not-for-profit organization that is passionate about financial literacy education, we created a high school course that embeds financial topics into a robust math course, Financial Life Cycle Mathematics. Our research shows that a math-based approach is the more effective way to teach financial literacy as it gives an in-depth, mathematically grounded understanding of personal finance topics.
About the Course
Financial Life Cycle Mathematics (FiCycle) provides students with an understanding of essential personal finance topics and the associated mathematical tools.
FiCycle is a project based curriculum that allows students to delve into real-world problems related to the themes of each unit. The math of the course is roughly at the level of Algebra II. We are confident that teaching these financial concepts in a mathematics course will provide students with the complete toolbox to make fully informed financial decisions.
To learn more about the course, what we offer, and how the course can fit into your school’s math sequence, visit the Our Course, Teachers, and Principals pages.
"The FiCycle curriculum has been a great benefit to our students and teachers. The curriculum gives our students the skills necessary to navigate the financial situations that they will encounter throughout their lives. In addition, the curriculum’s emphasis on embedding upper high school level math skills in practical ways allows our students to apply what they learn in their traditional math classes to topics they are already interested in. Our teachers feel very supported by the comprehensive resources provided and the availability of the FiCycle team."
Assistant Principal, AECI Charter High School
“I taught FiCycle during its Pilot year. As a Public high school teacher, a crash course in finance was something I never thought I’d get to teach my students so I jumped on the opportunity. Needless to say, the FiCycle curriculum proved to be one of the most rewarding courses my high school had to offer. My students soaked up the knowledge it offered and classes were often lead almost on inquiry alone. It was clear to me that students are hungry for the information offered in FiCycle. It’s not just an engaging course, but an essential one!”
FiCycle Pilot Year Teacher
1000+ students within 3 years of our curriculum launch
25 schools offering our course during the 2018-2019 school year
Schools in 4 states have adopted our course (AL, CA, CT, NY)
Initial research of the impact of pairing financial literacy with math shows that FiCycle is helping students achieve a deeper understanding of financial topics and increasing student confidence in applying math concepts. We are exploring the means to further test the results of our curriculum. Read our preliminary research paper here: