RCPS Ranked In Top 100 For Personal Finance

BHS Takes 52nd Spot On List, ERHS Lands At No. 83

Posted: April 24, 2014

Broadway High School students in Renee Liskey’s personal finance class learn about credit at the school on Wednesday. Broadway and East Rockingham high schools were named in a national ranking of the top 100 schools for personal finance programs. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Renee Liskey (second from right) oversees students in her personal finance class at Broadway High School on Wednesday. As part of the curriculum in county schools, students learn economics concepts and how to manage their own money.

HARRISONBURG — For the second year in a row, Rockingham County Public Schools has been recognized for its personal finance courses.

Working In Support of Education, a New York-based nonprofit focused on increasing financial literacy and preparing students for life after high school, has ranked Broadway and East Rockingham high schools among the top 100 schools in the country for teaching its model of personal finance programs.

In Virginia, such classes are a state graduation requirement, and nearly a third of the schools that made the list are from the commonwealth.

Broadway was ranked No. 52, and East Rockingham 83rd.

This is the second time the organization has provided rankings. Last year, Turner Ashby High School was ranked No. 31.

“We are very proud of our teachers and our students,” said Kelly Troxell, director of career, technical and fine arts for Rockingham County Public Schools.

As part of the curriculum, students learn economics concepts and how to manage their own money, including lessons on investing, taxes, buying homes and vehicles and how to save.

“Students that take the course have told us that they feel very prepared,” Troxell said. “We receive a lot of positive feedback.”

The rankings were determined by several factors, including the average student score on certification tests and the percentage of students in each school that take the test. Consideration also was given to the number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches.

Working in Support of Education would not release the exact number of participating schools.

A spokesman said hundreds of schools take part in the program and the organization hopes to break 1,000 next year.

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