Western Albemarle High School ranked in top 100 schools teaching personal finance
CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Western Albemarle High School was just recognized in the top 100 schools in the nation teaching personal finance, through the Wise Financial Literacy Program.
“They’ve got the knowledge,” said Kate Innes, a teacher at Western Albemarle.
Microeconomics and personal finance are not the easiest classes you can take while in high school, but at WAHS, this class is a fan favorite.
“I love the fact that I get to teach this because economics and personal finance, I laugh and say it’s my jam, and so it’s my favorite subject and I get to do what I love to do,” said Innes.
That passion for teaching is one of the many reasons this course was recognized in the top 100 schools teaching personal finance, for the second year in a row.
In the classroom, students learn everything from how to deal with car insurance, establishing good credit, to opening their own bank accounts, and more.
“I think the budgeting aspect of personal finance has helped knowing how to save my money, putting it into retirement funds that I’ll have in the future,” said Quinn Riley, a student at Western Albemarle.
One of the many reasons Western Albemarle takes this class very seriously is because they want their students to leave high school feeling strong in their financial decision making.
“Confidence that they understand economics, confidence that they understand personal finance, that they can make the decisions they need to make for the future, and not be worried that they have those deficits and those holes,” said Innes.
And this course has even inspired some students to go down the financial route for their future career.
“I want to study economics and/or business in college, and I think this course is about as applicable as it gets to that. And, personal finance is about as applicable as you can get to real life as you can in school,” said Riley.