Webster Central School District announced that Next Gen Personal Finance, a nonprofit on a mission to bring financial education to every high school student in America, named Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools among its 887 Gold Standard schools nationwide, seven of which are in New York State.
Gold Standard is the highest rank given to schools in NGPF’s Got Finance? School Search Tool, which distills data from over 11,000 course catalogues to rank high schools for their access to personal finance courses.
“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. “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.”
Including students in Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, which have state graduation requirements for personal finance, one in six U.S. students is required to take personal finance to graduate.
“While one in six is unacceptable,” Ranzetta said, “it doesn’t show you the thousands of teachers, parents, students, administrators, and school board members who have joined hands in these 887 schools.”
“The inspiring stories coming out of these trailblazing schools,” Ranzetta said, “are also why we’re hungry to announce NGPF’s bold new goal: by 2030, 100 percent of U.S. high schoolers will have guaranteed access to at least a semester of personal finance instruction before graduation. ‘I wish I could have taken personal finance in high school,’ a phrase we hear daily, will soon become a relic of the past.”
Use the Got Finance? School Search Tool to find and compare schools and see the full methodology behind NGPF’s research.