Vital Information
Academy of Finance
Lake Gibson High School
7007 N. Socrum Loop Road
Lakeland, FL  33809

Phone:  (863) 853-6100

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

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