OAK FOREST, IL — All four of Bremen High School District 228’s high schools have been recognized by Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) as a Gold Standard School for Financial Literacy Education. These schools include Bremen High School, Tinley Park High School, Hillcrest High School, and Oak Forest High School, according to a news release from the district.
NGPF is a leading non-profit provider of financial education curriculum and teacher professional development. According to NGPF, fewer than 1 in 5 students nationwide — 18.3 percent— receive access to a comprehensive financial education in high school. Because of this, the organization chose District 228’s schools to be recognized as Gold Standard Schools for specifically requiring all of its students to take at least one semester of personal finance before graduation, the release states.
Outside the five states (Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia) that currently require their high school students to take a personal finance class of at least one semester, the responsibility falls on individual schools and school districts to ensure all students take this common-sense course. There are currently only 1,591 Gold Standard Schools who require their students to take at least one semester of personal finance to graduate, according to the release.
D228 students must take at least one semester of personal finance to graduate.
“Gold Standard Schools show remarkable leadership, surging ahead of state progress on financial education instead of waiting for a mandate. The teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community leaders in these schools show what can happen when a coalition commits to build the financial capability of the next generation,” said Tim Ranzetta, NGPF Co-Founder.
Out of the 1,591 Gold Standard Schools nationwide, only 66 of these schools are in Illinois.