Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has expanded its instructional programs to offer high school students additional opportunities to complete the financial literacy graduation requirement. All high school students must complete a one-credit course in financial literacy to graduate. Students can complete the course as a sophomore, junior or senior, but the course takes the place of an elective or other class on their schedule. The expansion of opportunities to complete the financial literacy course requirement provides students with additional schedule flexibility.
CCPS offers three alternative options for students to complete the financial literacy course for free through the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. Two of the options are self-paced, independent study courses available through the New Option-Vision for Effective Learning program, known as NOVEL, and one offering requires students to attend a class during the summer school program at Westlake High School.
Students must be enrolled in a Charles County public high school to participate, and out-of-county students cannot enroll. Interested students must obtain a registration form from their school counselor prior to registering. Available options are outlined below.
- April 7 through July 30, 2015 – self-paced course and independent completion of assignments through the NOVEL program at Stethem. Interested students can register for this option at Stethem until Friday, March 27. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 and March 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 24-26.
- June 30 through July 30, 2015 – course available as part of summer school program at Stethem. This option requires daily course attendance throughout the program, which will be held at Westlake High School. Interested students can register for this option on June 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stethem.
- Sept. 1, 2015 through Jan. 30, 2016 – self-paced course with independent assignment completion through the NOVEL program at Stethem. Registration will be held Aug. 4-27 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The course covers a range of financial literacy topics that include savings, investing, credit card usage, credit scores and financing higher education. Students will learn to manage credit and debit, make informed financially responsible decisions, develop goals and spending plans, and learn ways to save and invest to achieve long-term financial goals.
CCPS first offered additional options for students to complete the financial literacy course last school year and expanded offerings this year to accommodate more students.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.