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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Academy of Finance?

The Academy of Finance is a School of Business Finance and Management. The academy offers students opportunities to create an impressive portfolio of skills. 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. Students may also acquire practical experience via field trips, internship opportunities, and course projects. 

Who can participate in AoF?

All SMCPS high school students are eligible to apply for AoF. Interested students should speak with their school counselors about registering for AoF coursework.

Are internships required? Are internships paid?

Yes, an internship during the summer after junior year is recommended. Some internships are paid, while others
are strictly voluntary.

Can a student be in AoF participate in other programs such as the Tech Center?

Yes, now that AoF is offered at all three SMCPS high schools, students are able to take advantage of both programs, should the coursework fit their schedules. 

Can AoF students take classes at CSM?

Yes, many AoF upperclassmen enroll in dual enrollment classes at CSM.

Is AoF only for students pursuing a college degree or career in business?

While many AoF students plan to pursue careers in business-related fields, just as many AoF students report career interests in areas other than business. The goals of AoF students are greatly varied. The one thing AoF students have in common is that they understand a solid background in finance is beneficial to every career field.

When will the selection of students for AoF be made?

Students are able to self-select participation in AoF through completion of the required and recommended coursework. Interested students should speak with their school counselor about registering for the AoF and to learn more about the required coursework.

What about school-based extracurricular activities such as sports, dances, clubs, etc.?

AoF students are members of their communities. They have the same access to extracurricular activities as all other students. Additionally, AoF students are strongly encouraged to participate in Future Business Leaders of America.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about AOF?

Please contact Ms. Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org if you have additional questions.