JA Finance Park Curriculum

Prior to visiting JA Finance Park, students engage in a comprehensive classroom curriculum that teaches them about finances, careers, income, expenses, savings, and credit.

JA Finance Park is a four-week economics education program that introduces personal financial planning and career exploration. The curriculum is designed to be taught to middle school students by their classroom teacher.  JA Finance Park helps students recognize that their decisions about education and careers have an impact on their potential income and quality of life. Researchers agree that the reality of budgeting and purchasing is the best tool for linking school success with the best careers.

At the culmination of the program, students visit JA Finance Park and put into practice what they’ve learned about economic options and the principles of budgeting.  Assisted by their teachers and staff of trained volunteers, they have the opportunity to actually develop and commit to a personal budget. This program helps these students think creatively, analyze tasks and solve problems and also encourages students to develop and demonstrate personal responsibility for learning and self-management.