BHS Recognized for Personal Finance

BHS Achieves Gold Standard in Personal Finance
Posted on 02/14/2019
BHS Recognized for Personal Finance Education

Next Gen Personal Finance names Berlin High School among 887 Gold Standard Schools

PALO ALTO, CA, Feb 7, 2019 / NGPF, a non-profit on a mission to bring financial education to every high schooler in America, has named 887 Gold Standard schools, including Berlin High School.

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,” says 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, just 1 in 6 U.S. students is required to take personal finance to graduate.

“While 1 in 6 is unacceptable,” Ranzetta says, “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 says, “are also why we’re hungry to announce NGPF’s bold new goal: by 2030, 100% 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.

About: Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), has become the "one-stop shop" for over 14,000 financial educators looking for high-quality, engaging curriculum to equip students with skills to thrive in their future. Fifty percent (50%) of U.S. high school students currently attend a school where a teacher is using NGPF curriculum. NGPF invests in teachers through their “50 in 50” campaign, bringing a one day teacher FinCamp to every state during the 2018-19 school year. NGPF is recognized by Common Sense Education as a “Top Website for Teachers to Find Lesson Plans.”