personal finance for high schoolers

Banking, Budgeting, and Microeconomics

By Matthew Farrell

July Session: Monday 9 - Friday 13 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

August Session: Monday 6 - Friday 10 August, 10.30am-12.30pm

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In 2008, bad lending and borrowing practices in the housing markets led to the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression. In response, many states have expanded their economics and personal finance curricula for young students, knowing savvy individuals make better choices for themselves and for the economy. But Washington is still behind the curve, scoring a grade of “C” on the 2017 national report card for high school financial literacy. This course will supplement the economics education students are receiving in the classroom, taking a deeper look into essential skills such as banking, long-term investing, and budgeting.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how the government crafts fundamental economic policy
  • Create and maintain a personal spending budget
  • Think critically about spending and investment opportunities
  • Understand the principles behind equity markets and investing
  • Rely on this groundwork for future financial learning and economic decisions


This aim of this course is to convey the importance of financial awareness to students while arming them with practical knowledge for navigating first jobs, managing bank accounts, and making informed spending decisions. Students will learn how the government makes economic policy, how businesses and households interact, and how we as individuals fit in to the local economy. They will leave with strategies for budgeting, spending, saving, and investing that will prepare them for financial success down the road.

Weekly Overview

  • Session 1: Spending Decisions and Income
  • Session 2: Economic Systems and Public Finance
  • Session 3: Budgeting and Consumer Skills
  • Session 4: Goals, Savings, Interest, and Banking
  • Session 5: Investing and Savings Planning

About Matthew

After earning his Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Matthew has worked as a tutor for two years in Chicago and Seattle. While at Notre Dame, he analyzed financial statements of Fortune 500 companies and prepared investment reports about projected profitability. He also scored in the 93rd percentile on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, which measures financial literacy and career skills. He’s coached high-school students on Accounting, Finance, and Microeconomics. Currently, Matthew works as a coach and tutor in Seattle, specializing in ACT and SAT prep.


Hampton Tutors
4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98105



Class may be billable through insurance in some cases; contact Hampton Tutors for further information.

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Terms, conditions and refund policy:
In the event that you must cancel, your payment will be fully refundable until 5 business days prior to the class start date. Cancellations made less than 5 business days in advance of the class will be partially refunded at 50% (for example, $250 refund payment for a $500 class). Cancellations may be made by phone or email.

In the event that we must cancel the class, we will notify you via phone or email and refund you in full.