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Three RPS High Schools Make List of Top 100 U.S. Schools Teaching Personal Finance

Richmond Community High School (RCHS), Open High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) are three of the best schools teaching personal finance in the nation, as acknowledged by Working in Support of Education (W!se).

RCHS was recognized as the #1 small school and #3 overall on the 2019 ranking of the “100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance”, while Open placed #28 and TJHS was honored as one of the top 100 schools. Each of these schools has made teaching financial literacy a priority of its curriculum by having students participate in the Financial Literacy Certification program. The high rankings indicate that students earned outstanding scores on W!se’s national standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test.

“Finding ways to address the chronic lack of financial literacy among our young people is of the utmost importance for us,” said RCHS Principal Kenya Massenburg. “With our students on the cusp of making critical life decisions – such as taking on student loans and applying for credit cards – it is vital that they are equipped to navigate these new financial frontiers.”

W!se is an educational nonprofit with a mission to develop the financial literacy of young Americans. The “100 Best” ranking is the only national ranking in high school financial education and was created by W!se to recognize schools in its national network that participate in the Financial Literacy Certification program. Offered at high schools in 48 states, the program supports personal finance and provides students with an opportunity to become Certified Financially Literate™ if they pass W!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Test after instruction.

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