You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.- DAVE RAMSEY
Facing the “real world” as an adult can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t prepared. Too many adolescents graduate high school without a firm grasp on how to handle everyday life and adult responsibilities—especially when it comes to finances.
Signature Preparatory’s teachers and administration recognize that learning how to manage personal finances is a crucial skill for success in the real world. In an age where credit cards are used like gift cards, borrowing money is easier than ever, and many people live paycheck to paycheck, being able to use money wisely can make a huge difference in a person’s life.
When you join the Signature Preparatory family, you can feel confident knowing that your children are prepared for their future in all aspects. We take this financial education seriously, with courses that go beyond academics to deliver practical knowledge for real life. This includes our financial literacy course, which equips our students with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their money in smarter, more effective ways.
In this course, students are taught basic financial literacy concepts, as well as some more advanced topics. Signature Prep’s financial literacy course is available to 6-8 students (middle school students).
A financial literacy course at Signature Prep covers topics like:
Making smart, well-informed financial decisions
Financial service products (bank accounts, loans, etc.)
Credit and credit cards
Becoming a smart consumer
Strategies for getting out of financial trouble
Buying and selling stocks
Because many of these topics are rarely taught in a traditional education setting, our students benefit greatly from receiving clear and guided instruction in these subjects, rather than having to figure it out for themselves (often the hard way).
This is the real-world education every student needs and deserves. Financial literacy is one skill that will benefit students, families, and communities for generations to come.
As defined by Dave Ramsey, “Financial literacy is the possession of skills that allows people to make smart decisions with their money.” These skills range from the relatively simple (like setting and keeping a budget) to the more complex (like demystifying income taxes and your 401k).
Why is financial literacy important?
Finances play a role in our daily lives—from paying for groceries to paying rent, from saving for emergencies to saving for vacations, and so much more.
As an inevitable part of life, finances can be fun or difficult. If you’re constantly scrambling to pay your regular bills, borrowing from your savings to pay off impulse purchases, or staring down massive interest payments on your debts, the money will be a source of stress for you. If, on the other hand, you know how to manage your finances, spend and save wisely, and invest in the future, you can enjoy putting your finances to good use and experience the peace of mind that comes with financial security.
Simply put, financial literacy improves the quality of life. By learning how to manage finances from an early age, we know our students will have the tools and education to prepare for a financially stable and successful future.