Loudoun County, VA (June 19, 2015) – Four Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools – John Champe, Dominion, Freedom and Loudoun County – are listed in the nation’s 100 best high schools for personal finance.
These rankings are compiled by Working in Support of Education (W!se), a New York-based non-profit group that promotes financial literacy education.
Thirty-eight of the top 100 schools are in Virginia, according to W!se.
Virginia students — beginning with those who entered the ninth grade in 2011 — must successfully complete a course in personal finance and economic literacy to earn an Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma. Students have a number of options in meeting the requirement, including taking the course through Virtual Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education’s online learning program, or as a part of career and technical education coursework.
Working in Support of Education’s Financial Literacy Certification Program is used by high schools in 40 states. Teachers in the participating schools receive instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy. Students who pass the financial literacy certification test are designated as being certified financially literate.