Six schools and CCPS Online named Blue Star Schools

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Six Chesterfield County high schools and the school division’s online education program were recognized as W!SE Blue Star Schools for work completed during the 2016-17 school year. To be considered a Blue Star School, a school or program testing more than 10 students must achieve an 80 percent passing rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85 percent or higher.

These Chesterfield County schools were recognized as Blue Star Schools:

  • CCPS Online
  • Clover Hill High
  • Cosby High
  • James River High
  • Midlothian High
  • Monacan High
  • Thomas Dale High

“Preparing our students for successful and responsible futures is a part of our daily work,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “Financial literacy classes taught in our schools today will help to mold fiscally responsible young adults for the future. We’re proud of these six schools and CCPS Online for being recognized through this national program, and we look forward to the continued success of our teachers and students.”

W!SE’s Financial Literacy Certification Program addresses the critical need for financial literacy education for students preparing for financial independence. The program provides high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!SE’s standardized Financial Literacy Certification (CFL) Test. Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success.

“We’re focused on educating the whole child, whether that is through academic lessons, wellness-related initiatives or financial literacy programs,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “The skill sets our students need to be successful go well beyond reading and math. Our students must be prepared to be good managers, understand responsibility and plan for the future. Our work to instill strong financial planning skills will pay dividends as our students graduate high school and enter the workforce as independent adults.”