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Academy of Finance

Mission Statement

The mission of the Academy of Finance at Red Bank Regional High School is to allow students to receive a comprehensive business education through a partnership with the National Academy Foundation. Students will benefit from classes that uses real world examples, project based assessments, along with collaborating with their classmates. Students are expected to complete a summer internship between their junior and senior year, thus bringing what was learned in the classroom in the classroom into the real world.

The Academy of Finance program has been developed in partnership with the National Academy Foundation for Financial Services, major corporations, and banks which provide technical expertise and special resources to enhance the educational experiences of the student. This partnership links the resources of business, education and community.

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1989 to design and support academic programs for high schools. NAF designs industry-related curricula to enrich the resources and opportunities available to high school students. NAF programs enable students to set personal goals and establish career plans in expanding industries.

Courses include such topics as Business Ethnics Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, Investments and Insurance.

This is a three-to-four year course focused on the financial services industry. This program integrates classroom instruction with workplace experience. It allows students to achieve the understanding and practical skills they will need to begin careers in the financial services industry or to go on to college with a financial service major. An important feature is a paid summer internship, mentoring from industry professionals and career shadowing.

  • Academy students learn how the financial services industry really works while developing rewarding career paths.
  • Academy students improve analytical, technology and communication skills.
  • Classroom instruction is integrated with workplace experience.
  • Area professionals contribute to the academy’s education process by serving on the advisory board, offer summer internships, participating in shadowing, providing guest speakers, and hosting field trips to their business.
  • Students pursue college-prep core curricular subjects concurrently with academy requirements.

Admission to the Academy of Finance is based on test scores (NJ Ask 7; 8) or comparable Terranova (Grade 8 survey) results, academic performance, attendance, and other criteria related to the specific area of study. Students participate in Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Programs and Competitions. Students have many opportunities to compete in related activities and attend National Competitions. Classes are taught by experienced teachers in each area many with related corporate and financial industry experience. The curriculum is aligned appropriately with New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards 9.1 through 9.4. Finance classes are offered a minimum of 82 minutes each day. Students must pass appropriate end of course testing. College Level Examination Program testing is available. Many of our students have and are pursuing post secondary education at excellent colleges. For additional information about the Academy of Finance at Red Bank Regional High School, application information and tuition information, please visit our website at or call 732-842-8000, extension 262 for visitation information.

Peter Grandinetti,
Director for the Academy of Finance