Academy Applications Info

If you are new to SMCPS, please contact Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org to learn more about applying for academy programs.

Application Information

Applicants will complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applicants will also include a brief essay describing their reasons for wanting to enter AoF. A teacher recommendation from an English, Social Studies, or Math teacher is required.

Applicants will sit for a common assessment at their home middle school the week of May 10-14, 2021.

Additional factors may also be considered to include attendance, other grades, and local assessments, placement in Accelerated coursework, teacher recommendations, involvement in extra-curricular and volunteer activities, and/or student-written essay.

About us

This Academy helps students develop professional skills, receive specialized instruction in business finance and management, and gain an awareness of the marketable skills needed to be successful in the workplace. The AOF is housed at Chopticon High School.  Follow on Twitter @SMCPSAOF

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The Academy of Finance, housed at Chopticon High School, is a School of Business Finance and Management. Academy students develop professional skills, receive specialized instruction in business finance and management, and gain an awareness of the marketable skills needed to be successful in the field. The students may also acquire practical experience via field trips, internship opportunities, and course projects. 

Unique learning experiences unique to the AOF include the opportunity to earn college credit through AP courses and/or dual-enrollment as well as the opportunity to work with a skilled and knowledgeable Program Advisory Council, a group of business and community partners that mentor the students. Students develop the transferable skills (analytical, technical, presentation, higher-order thinking, problem-solving, and communication) that are paramount to college and career success as well as success in business-related fields. 

Find out more with our informational brochure.