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The California Stock Market Simulation is an interactive learning experience for students in grades 5 through 12. Formerly known as the California State University, East Bay Stock Market Simulation, it has been used in California classrooms for over 25 years to motivate students and encourage an interest in economics, basic mathematics, online technology and current events. Students make decisions requiring economic reasoning, mathematical analysis and computer literacy. Investments made by each team require students to develop their ability to communicate information clearly and negotiate well in order to make intelligent choices.

Student teams receive $100,000 in computer money to invest in stocks and mutual funds over a 10 week period. The teams with the largest portfolio values (based on real world prices) receive awards and recognition at the end of the 10 week simulation. Two ten week simulations take place each year. One begins the first Monday in October, the second the last Monday in February.


  • REAL TIME PRICES ON ALL TRADES: *Note: prices displayed on the screen are 15 minute delayed.
  • Students may trade common stocks, preferred stocks, as well as mutual funds. Cash held earns interest, interest is paid on borrowed cash, and stocks earn dividends.
  • Teams trade by internet, or if needed, by toll free fax.
  • Team information is updated daily.
  • Teachers may call a toll free number for answers to questions.
  • We provide a reliable trade processing system through Stock-Trak.
  • Separate divisions for middle schools, high schools.


Teachers of grades 5-12 may enroll student teams.
College teams, adult teams and individual students are welcome to participate as well, but only student teams with a teacher-advisor are eligible for awards.

$15 / Team for students
$25 / Team for adult teams

Are you a teacher new to The Simulation?

Are you a teacher new to the simulation?
Would you like help getting started?
We can arrange a personal meeting
Please call (925) 212 3419
Or email californiasms{a}charter.net.


Teachers divide their classes in teams, generally of 1-5 students. Upon registration, teachers receive team numbers and passwords.
Students decide which stocks or mutual funds they wish to trade based on their research or ideas. Students log in to their accounts and trade via the web page. Team rankings can be seen in realtime in the rankings page.

Spring 2019 Dates

Registration is open: January 28 – March 22nd, 2019
Trading dates are: February 25 – May 3, 2019

Practice session is January 28 - February 23, all portfolios will be reset before the markets open on February 25