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Westport's Staples HS Ranks In Top 100 Schools Teaching Personal Finance

Staples High School, in Westport, was named to the "100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance" list.
Staples High School, in Westport, was named to the "100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance" list. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Staples High School ranks among the top 100 high schools teaching personal finance in the Working in Support of Education (w!se) network.

The New York City-based, national educational not-for-profit recently released its national rankings.

Schools in 40 states participated in the certification program, up from 34 in the prior year. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measures students’ financial literacy through a certification test. Since its introduction, the program has become an integral tool to teach personal finance in thousands of classrooms across the United States. 

“It is in our national interest to address the chronic lack of financial literacy among young people,” said Phyllis Frankfort Perillo, founding president and CEO of w!se. “The schools – and their students – on our 100 Best ranking are examples for their peers and the country. These students are now empowered with skills, knowledge and behaviors critical for a life of financial wellbeing.” 

“We believe that individuals need to be empowered to better understand and take control of their finances, so we’re proud to support w!se in its mission to advance financial literacy in high schools across the country,” said Amy Springsteel, director of corporate responsibility for Voya Financial, sponsor of this year’s ranking and ceremony. 

“The w!se program is tremendously valuable to young students. It helps us approach our finances proactively and it helps us to know what to do and what to expect early in our experience with money rather than having to approach our finances reactively by trying to figure out how we got into debt and how to get out of it,” said a student from Chicago.

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