Hewlett High School to Require Financial Literacy

Incoming freshmen will have mandatory classes to help them make better fiscal plans.

The Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education has approved a new graduation requirement for George W. Hewlett High School students.

Beginning with the Class of 2017, the freshmen of 2013, all Hewlett High School students will be required to meet a financial literacy standard. The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the new requirement at the Jan. 16 Board Meeting.

“Financial literacy and responsibility has been raised by district administration, parents, and community members as one of the desired competencies for all graduates,” said Joyce M. Bisso, Ed.D., superintendent of Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools. “A 21st Century competency, financial literacy has been discussed at length at our World Café Community Conversations, and is one of the Student Outcomes developed by our Educating the Future for the Future Steering Committee.”

Financial education will help students become informed and responsible citizens who can make intelligent financial plans and decisions and avoid the common financial pitfalls, such as credit card debt and excessive spending.

Hewlett High School began offering students the opportunity to become certified financially literate in 2004 through the W!SE (Working in Support of Education) program. Each year, the number of students passing the financial literacy exam has increased.

Students will have multiple pathways to choose from to meet the financial literacy requirement. Courses are offered in Career and Financial Management, Money and Investment, Financial Math, Virtual Enterprise, Occupational Math, and Topics in Pre-Calculus and Problem Solving. There will also be a self-directed, online option currently under development in collaboration with Nassau BOCES.  Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in financial literacy prior to graduation.

“The new financial literacy requirement is a great way for us to help our students understand the issues and strategies involved in managing their personal finances and maintaining fiscal health,” said Stephanie Gould, president of the board of education. “It is one of the many ways we seek to ensure that all of our graduates have the skills and competencies they need to become responsible, productive citizens.” 

Robert Demarco February 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
This is a great idea. So many people do not know how to manage credit, a household budget, etc. This is very prectical learning that will benefit the student for a lifetime. I hope that all school districts adopt this program.
Frank February 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Excellent idea!
Chris Albanese February 05, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I wish they had this when I was in High School. All we were taught was how to avoid drugs-which the drug dealers in the class found amusing, STD's and pregnancy (which was ironic since we had an on-site daycare facility that was always packed). Far Rockaway High School Class of 1990. Good times.....
Chris Albanese February 05, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Of course this means that none of our graduates can go on to become politicians. They have no concept of fiscal responsibility.
Bojames February 05, 2013 at 09:49 PM
The course should include learning about how school taxes are developed and applied ...specifically how a NYS exemption ,the "clergy" exemption ( Real Property Law 460) on PRIVATE homes (which the law says is $1500) gets distorted and becomes on average $12,000 in Hewlett/Woodmere owing to the screwy way Nassau Co. assesses homes.
lilly February 06, 2013 at 12:42 PM
think this is great life lessons for the students- now lets have the same for the school board!
bikerrich February 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Why not start them in elementary school with passbook savings accounts. If you want to add a useful course, teach the kids to code. That's the language of the future.
lilly February 06, 2013 at 02:44 PM
fantastic idea- i had that in school many many years ago.....


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