Ariel Community Academy is great example of integrating investing and financial literacy into the classroom. Located in the south side of Chicago, the school has out performed other schools in their district and is considered one of the top elementary schools in Chicago.
The integrated curriculum allows students to learn about investment and finance through active participation. Each incoming first grade class is awarded a $20000 grant. As they advance throughout the curriculum, the students become more active in the decisions of how to invest this grant. Upon graduation, all profits are split in half, with one half going back into improving the school and the other half is distributed amount the graduates as cash or as a matched contribution to a 529 college savings plan.