Twenty-nine of the nation’s 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction are in Virginia, according to a New York-based non-profit group that promotes financial literacy education. Holston High in Washington County ranked seventh and was one of four high schools in the Southwestern Virginia division to make the list.

“Virginia’s over-representation does not surprise me given the emphasis on personal finance and economic literacy in the commonwealth’s public schools,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. 

Virginia students — beginning with those who entered the ninth grade in 2011 — must successfully complete a course in personal finance and economic literacy to earn an Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma. 

Working in Support of Education announced the top-100 list on April 7 during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. The 29 Virginia high schools recognized, by division, are as follows:

Amherst County — Amherst County High

Bristol — Virginia High

•  Chesterfield County — Midlothian High

Craig County — Craig County High

• Danville — Galileo High

Fairfax County — James Madison High and Westfield High

Fauquier County — Fauquier High

Halifax County — Halifax County High

Henrico County — Mills Godwin High

Loudoun County — Stone Bridge High and Briar Woods High

Newport News — Warwick High

Northumberland County — Northumberland High

Norton — John Burton High

Pittsylvania County — Dan River High and Tunstall High

Powhatan County — Powhatan High

Richmond — Thomas Jefferson High

Roanoke — William Fleming High and Patrick Henry High

Rockingham County — Broadway High and East Rockingham High

• Washington County — Abingdon High, John S. Battle High, Patrick Henry High and Holston High 

Waynesboro — Waynesboro High

West Point — West Point High

Working in Support of Education’s Financial Literacy Certification Program is used by high schools in 34 states.