Menomonee Falls High School is among 887 schools nationwide named Gold Standard Schools by Next Gen. Personal Finance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding financial education to high school students in the United States.
The award means Menomonee Falls High School and the other Gold Standard Schools were given the organization’s highest rank in its Got Finance? School Search Tool. The tool contains data from more than 11,000 course catalogs to rank high schools for their access to personal finance courses, according to a news release from the organization.
“With some of life’s biggest financial decisions looming — first jobs and cars, college selection, financial aid applications — high school is when students need a comprehensive personal finance education,” said NGPF co-founder Tim Ranzetta in the release. “Requiring at least a semester course is the only airtight way to guarantee access for all. We’re thrilled to recognize these 887 Gold Standard schools for doing just that.”
According to the press release, just one in six U.S. students is required to take personal finance to graduate. This includes students in Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, states that already have graduation requirements for personal finance.
“We are proud of this recognition. Our district has maintained a strong focus on financial literacy for many years and continues to adapt with the opportunities and challenges ahead for our students in a complex economy,” said Menomonee Falls Schools Superintendent Corey Golla. “In addition to our coursework, our annual Reality Check event brings our entire community together to prepare students to make wise personal decisions with their finances.”
To learn more about where your school ranks, visit NGPF’s Got Finance? School Search Tool at www.ngpf.org/school-search/.
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