Hello. For the last 25 years we've taught elementary school-aged children about economics.

Economics is a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

School of Economics was founded in 1994 through collaborative efforts of the Blue Springs School District, the City of Blue Springs and local businesses. There was an identified need for teaching elementary school-aged children about economics. Our organization’s mission is to provide high quality, hands-on reality-based educational experiences that prepare young people to understand and apply basic marketplace concepts and skills and expose them to business-related careers.

In 25 years, we have served over 280,000 children in the greater Kansas City area. Our program is a curriculum-based field trip aligned with grade-level learning criteria. While at SOE, students learn experientially about:

  • Having jobs and managing their earned money
  • Working as a business team
  • Producing and selling merchandise (supply and demand)

School of Economics’ financial literacy program is even more important today because many children are growing up without seeing their parents use cash. Kids often don’t make the connection between swiping a card and spending. SOE helps to provide that understanding. One student recently said, “I get it. I get why mom says no and why we can’t just put something on the card.”

Our Mission

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY, REALITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES THAT PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND APPLY BASIC MARKETPLACE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS, AND EXPOSE THEM TO BUSINESS-RELATED CAREERS.

4914

STUDENTS SERVED
IN 2019-2020

48

SCHOOL DISTRICTS SERVED

994

VOLUNTEERS IN 2019-2020

45

PRIVATE & CHARTER SCHOOLS SERVED

OUR STUDENT

PROGRAMS

1

MINI-TOWN

Mini-Town is a simplified version of the SOE Market designed for grades 2 and 3. This program is a hands-on simulation in which students are separated into two groups, consumers and producers of food and craft items. They demonstrate how people use money to buy and sell merchandise.

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2

SOE MARKET

SOE Market is a hands-on simulation for grades 4 through 6. In this program, students operate in their own economy and experience the demands that businesses encounter. They put the skills and knowledge they have learned in the classroom into action in a real-world work environment.

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