JA Finance Park (Virtual Option)®

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Middle School
High School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
During this hands-on, computer-based simulation, students are asked to manage a fictitious life
situation. The details of their assigned life scenario include marital status, number of children,
education background, employment, and income. Given their career and family situation, students use
banking services; pay for housing, transportation, utilities, groceries, and health care; contribute to
charities; and budget for education expenses. They work to create and balance a personal family

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
Project-Based Learning Curriculum Option
Simulation (Entry Level)
Simulation (On-Site)


    Junior Achievement USA® (JA®, JA USA®) gratefully acknowledges KPMG LLP's commitment to the development and implementation of the JA Finance Park program.

    JA appreciates its relationship with KPMG LLP, the national title sponsor of the JA Finance Park curriculum, in providing students with academically enriching, experiential-learning lessons based on financial literacy and work-readiness education.

    With an investment by KPMG, JA Finance Park Advanced® was designed to help High School students better understand how to manage money by letting them select simulated life-scenarios and challenging them to successfully manage their finances. The JA Finance Park model is demonstrated to raise financial literacy and capability of students who have been through the program. JA Finance Park Advanced is Junior Achievement’s capstone curriculum for personal financial planning and career exploration. This teacher-led classroom curriculum culminates with a visit to JA Finance Park, a realistic onsite or mobile facility, or virtually in the classroom, where students engage with volunteers and put into practice what they’ve learned by developing a personal budget. A new advanced curriculum and simulation gives high school students a more personal focus, by allowing students to select their career and define their future lifestyle and financial goals. The advanced simulation allows students to see the long-term impact of their education, savings, and credit decisions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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