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What can North Penn do for you: Economics

Vedanth Krishna
AP Econ student Wik Podugu drawing graphs during class.

Are you an underclassmen at North Penn High School? Are you interested in pursuing a degree or career in economics? Don’t know how to move forward? North Penn’s course and club offerings are available to you!

The Knight Crier is running a recurring feature on specific classes, clubs, and people to reach out to help students achieve their career goals after high school. In this installment, we will cover what opportunities North Penn has to offer for students interested in the various fields of economics. 


AP Classes

AP Comparative Government, a year-long elective AP course provides seniors with a similar experience to a college-level comparative government and politics course. This course provides students the opportunity to critically analyze and compare the differing political systems and realities around the world. There are six central countries ’ governments of focus which are: Great Britain, Russia, China, Iran, Mexico, and Nigeria. Being able to understand current-events, and international economics is important.

AP Calculus AB + BC, both year long Calculus-based courses dive deep into the realm of  limits, differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions with applications and techniques of integration. Calculus, is widely used in Economics. 

AP Computer Science Principles, a year long course, PLTW Computer Science empowers students to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. The program engages students in collaborative projects that help them develop in demand computer science knowledge as well as transportable skills like creative thinking and communication. Having basic knowledge in coding languages will help you be able to utilize computational tools in economic research and accelerate a large variety of operations.

AP Statistics, introduces students to major concepts regarding collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will be exposed to four major themes consisting of exploring data, experimental design, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. Understanding statistics will provide a good understanding between relationships of price-demand, supply-demand, economic output, GDP and more. 



Economics, is an introductory course that develops students basic Economic skills. It is a half-year course that covers ¼ of what AP Economics Covers. 

Economics in Practice, examines the theories of Microeconomics in practice. Students are put into a situation in which they must liquidate a company. Students are challenged in the preparation of the annual report which is distributed to all stockholders. This class may only be taken in senior year. 

Financial Applications With Technology, the course connects math with business topics range from personal finance to stocks, bonds, and even mortgages. 



Investment Club

“The club was formed by a group of students who were interested in investing and the strategies behind it. It’s a unique opportunity for students interested in investing to connect,” Maurer explained. The club dives into the realm of the stock market, plays with fake money and 

Future Business Leaders of America

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Is the largest business and technical career-oriented organization in the world, each year the organization helps prepare over 230,000 students to find their way in orienting the business world and providing an experience in the field of business to students involved.


People to contact!

Mr. Gus Maurer | [email protected]

Mr. Maurer has been a passionate Social Studies teacher here at North Penn ever since 2000- and went to James Madison University. With that being said, Maurer is one of the most knowledgeable economic-minded people that has ever stepped foot in North Penn. Mr. Kolb also serves as the advisor for Investment Club, and even Ping-Pong club. To anyone interested in Economics, or related fields, Mr. Mauer has the connections that will bring you to the next level in your career path.


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