CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco High School is among 887 high schools in the nation that have been named as Gold Standard for personal finance instruction by Next Gen Personal Finance.

NGPF is a nonprofit on a mission to bring financial education to every high schooler in the U.S.

Gold Standard is the highest rank given to schools in NGPF’s Got Finance? School Search Tool, which distills data from more than 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,” NGPF co-founder Tim Ranzetta said. “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 students in the U.S. is required to take personal finance to graduate.

“While 1 in 6 is unacceptable,” Ranzetta said, “it doesn’t show you the thousands of teachers, parents, students, administrators and school board members who have joined hands in these 887 schools.”

NGPF set a goal of guaranteeing that 100 percent of all U.S. high schoolers by 2030 will have access to at least one 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,” Ranzetta said.

Use the Got Finance? School Search Tool to find and compare schools, and see the full methodology behind NGPF’s research.

Next Gen Personal Finance, has become the “one-stop shop” for more than 14,000 financial educators looking for high-quality, engaging curriculum to equip students with skills to thrive in their future. Fifty percent of U.S. high school students currently attend a school where a teacher is using NGPF curriculum. NGPF’s invests in teachers through their “50 in 50” campaign to bring 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.”