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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 apply for AoF?

All SMCPS 8th and 9th grade students are eligible to apply for AoF. Students not currently enrolled in SMCPS but who are planning to attend an SMCPS high school are also welcome to apply for acceptance into 9th or 10th grade.  Rising 11th and 12th grader are not eligible to apply. It is recommended that students who apply have completed Algebra 1.

Are internships required? Are internships paid?

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

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

No, due to scheduling constraints, AoF students are not able to take part in Tech Center programs.

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.

Will transportation be provided?

Academy students are invited to use a hub bus transportation system. AoF students are transported from hub stops across the county to and from Chopticon each day. Detailed transportation information can be found on the Transportation page of the SMCPS website. Parents may also choose to transport their children to and from CHS if that is more convenient. 

When will the selection of students for AoF be made?

Please see specific application information on the main AoF page.

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

AoF students are members of the Chopticon High School community. They have the same access to extracurricular activities as all other Chopticon High School 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 NAOF?

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