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JA Finance Park (Virtual)®

JA Finance Park curriculum cover

Middle School
High School
Implementation:
Classroom Based
JA Capstone
Virtual

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Finance Park Virtual helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. JA Finance Park Virtual offers educator-led, in-class lessons followed by a simulation. The JA Finance Park Virtual simulation has been fully redeveloped, with a brand-new experience that offers two implementation options: entry level for middle school students and advanced for high school students.

In the new virtual simulation, students will:

-- Select their own avatar and interests.
-- Review information about career clusters to select their career path and education.
-- Set up to three savings goals for future items such as homeownership or dream car.
-- Research, shop, and pay for various categories.
-- Make financial decisions across multiple life stages.
-- Choose their own future as it relates to marriage, children, and pets.
-- Track progress of their budgeting, spending, and saving through a financial health meter.

This program has a primary focus of the JA Financial Literacy Pathway and a secondary focus of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and can be used in grades 7–12. The program is primarily teacher-led but requires volunteers.

As part of this program, JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged to use the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at connect.ja.org. This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book™, and games and apps for student use.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Banking, Benefits, Budgets, Buying, Careers, Choices, Consumers, Credit, Debt, Exchange, Expenses, Income, Interest rates, Investments, Government, Money, Needs, Opportunity costs, Risk, Salary, Saving, Savings, Scarcity, Social Security, Taxes, Wages, Wants

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Analysis
  • Applying information
  • Brainstorming
  • Budgeting
  • Cause and effect
  • Charting
  • Comparing
  • Computation
  • Critical thinking
  • Data collection
  • Decision making
  • Filling out forms
  • Following directions
  • Graphing
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpreting data
  • Listening
  • Math computation
  • Negotiation
  • Observation
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Role-playing
  • Self-reflection
  • Spending
  • Taking responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Writing
  • Verbal communication

Virtual Implementation

JA Finance Park Virtual is a virtual learning experience.


Sponsor

Junior Achievement USA gratefully acknowledges Discover Financial's commitment to the development and implementation of the JA Finance Park - Virtual simulation.

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

Main Correlation and Standards Page

Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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