Vital Information
Academy of Finance
7007 N. Socrum Loop Road
Lakeland, FL  33809

Lead Teacher:  Harriett Wallace
Phone:  (863) 853-6100
Fax:  (863) 853-6108

Areas of Interest:  Finance

NCAC Academies


This academy is recognized by the National Career Academy Coaltion as a "CERTIFIED" Academy for having met the National Standards of Practice

Student Focus
Tia Messer

Tia Messer

I decided to join and pursue the Academy of Finance when Ms. Wallace walked into my Algebra class my freshman year. She gave a speech on the Academy and I was intrigued in what the Finance Academy had to offer. Immediately I filled out the application, turned it in and got accepted into the Academy. The Academy offers opportunities for students to get into the finance field and learn what business is really like. You are offered dual enrollment opportunities that you cannot possibly turn down. Being in the Academy of Finance is a wonderful path to take in high school rather than your average traditional path. In the traditional high school paths you are not given the opportunity to advance in finance like classes. These finance classes offer accounting, Accounting II, Personal Finance, and much more. Classes like these advance you with technology and teach you how to balance and keep track of money.

Being in the Academy of Finance has motivated me to pursue my dream of being a dentist and owning my own practice. The Academy of Finance has not only motivated me but it has taught me all the fundamentals about money and owning a business of your own. My grade point average has even improved along with my plans after high school. Being in the Academy of Finance is a high school experience I recommend for anyone looking to find their way.

Academy of Finance Overview

The program gives high school students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for college careers in business and finance. Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the business world.

The Academy of Finance began in 1997 at Lake Gibson High School. This program prepares students for careers in business and finance with challenging courses. It focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of financial industry elements such as: accounting, financial planning; management; banking, credit, economics; money management, technology investments, entrepreneurship and insurance. AOF establishes an on-going relationship that involves corporate executives, school personnel, parents and students, and results in paid internships, scholarships, and employment opportunities. Students are provided opportunities to enter into paid internships with local financial service companies during the summer of their senior year, and many offers of part-time employment during the school year are provided.

Students get the opportunity to be challenged through project-based learning activities, students can earn college credit, honors credit, several scholarship opportunities, a paid internship, career shadowing and the opportunity to explore Excel, PowerPoint, Movie Maker, Podcasting and the Internet and other computer software applications. All courses are completed in a computer lab setting.

Special Features

  • Mentoring Program
  • Career Field Trips