Scotlandville Magnet High School

SMHS Academy of Finance seeks to prepare students for college, work, and citizenship through rigorous and engaging projects that connect to real issues in business, finance, and entrepreneurship

What is the Academy of Finance?

The Academy of Finance (AOF) is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed for students in grades 10-12 to explore the world of business. Students receive a theme-based curriculum along with a work-based learning curriculum. The program is designed to connect students with the world of financial services, business related careers, and prepare them for two and four year college degree programs. The program is affiliated with the national program called NAF and upon completion of the program, students graduate from the program with a national certification. Click on the pdf for more details.

Benefits to Students

  • Rigor with Real World Experience

  • College Credit Courses

  • Career Planning

  • Job Shadowing

  • Paid Internships

  • Networking with Professionals

  • Certificate with NAF

  • NAFTrack Hiring Certified

Unique Opportunities

  • Preparation for College and Work

  • Industry Relevant Courses

  • Hands-on Projects that Matter

  • Summer and School Year Internships

  • Practical Experiences in Business

  • PAC Advisory Board Support

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Work-based Learning (WBL) is essential in preparing all students for success in college and careers. It is a core component to link academic learning in school to students’ goals. The primary purposes of work-based learning are to expose students to future options and provide opportunities for skill development. 

WBL Activities:

  • Classroom Guest Speakers

  • College & Career Fairs

  • Job Shadowing

  • Career-themed field trips

  • Resume building workshops

  • Dress for Success workshops

  • Mock Interviews

  • Industry-themed Projects

  • Paid Internships


The AOF offers a curriculum that covers entrepreneurship, financial planning, global business, insurance, accounting and economics. Additionally, these courses introduce students to a wide array of business and financial careers. AOF graduates benefit from learning the critical concepts of business management, accounting, and ethics along with the essential skill sets needed to be successful in any workplace. Students who successfully complete four NAF approved coursework are eligible for NAFTrack Certification. See AOF Program of Study word document for details. 

AOF Internship Requirement

As part of NAF requirements, SMHS Academy of Finance students must complete an internship as part of a 3-year career and college readiness program.  This internship experience for our AOF students will ensure that SMHS students are prepared to demonstrate these skills and attributes necessary to be successful in today’s competitive workplace.  As a NAF program, the internships must be compensated.  An internship experience must be at least 120 hours and can happen either over the summer or during the school year working out a schedule that works for both the student and the employer.  AOF students will complete their internship sometime between Junior and Senior year, students must be at least 16 years of age. 

Benefits to Students

  • Apply academic and technical classroom learning

  • Develop workplace competencies

  • Reinforce connection between education and work

  • Explore possible careers

  • Practice positive work habits and attitudes and understand the expectations of the workplace

  • Provide motivation to earn a diploma, and pursue post-secondary education

  • Establish professional contacts for employment, mentoring and networking

Benefits to Employers

  • Build skilled and motivated potential employees

  • Improve employee retention and morale

  • Reduce training/recruiting costs for new employees

  • Partner with schools to prepare students for futures

  • Provide developmental opportunities for current workforce

  • Establish meaningful relationships with young people

  • Enhance capacity to manage a diverse workforce

NAFTrack Certification....What's it all about?

NAFTrack Certification is achieved through an online system designed to assess college and career readiness skills. Student performance is measured not only through end-of-course exams, but also through culminating projects and internships. Upon successful completion of NAFTrack Certification, students are eligible for NAFTrack Certified Hiring! To learn more and the benefits it offers, click on the pdf file.

Join the Academy of Finance

If you have an interest in Business, Management, Finance, Accounting or a desire to be an Entrepreneur, the AOF program is for you! Applications are currently being accepted for rising 9th graders and current SMHS 9th graders. To apply, complete the application by clicking the link: Academy Application

Contact Us:

NAF School-Site Coordinator


Academy Lead