Stuart Institute for Finance and Economics
Through the Stuart Institute of Finance and Economics (SIFE), financial and economics concepts are integrated into the academic curriculum at Stuart, beginning in kindergarten and extending through senior year. Our goal is to graduate financially literate, capable and confident women able to lead Fortune 500 companies, a sustainable farm, or any other career they choose.
Basic financial literacy – understanding money and finance concepts such as earning, saving, and spending – is not usually a big part of what is taught in schools. However, just as reading and writing are essential, basic financial skills are critical for future success.At Stuart, we recognize the importance of empowering young women with the knowledge and skills they will need to not only manage their own finances, but to understand how money can help make a difference in the lives of others.
Stuart Builds Confidence
Real-world financial knowledge and skills are worked into the curriculum at Stuart, taking economic theory out of textbooks and putting it into practice. Social awareness is fundamental at Stuart, so our girls also learn how they can use money and business to make a difference.
The earlier, the better.
The foundations for economic concepts are taught in elementary school. In addition to math, young students learn about cultures and making choices. They learn how to set and reach goals, make good decisions, and the importance of community–all critical to understanding finances later in life.
The Stuart Institute for Finance and Economics was generously funded by a lead gift from Rusty and Rene Johnson and additional contributions from Stuart parents and alumnae.