Class of 2024 AOF Internship Paperwork is due on September 29th. See "More Info/Apply" section for details.
Fashion Show is March 19, 2024 (Tuesday). Doors open for Gift Auction at 7:00pm. Fashion Show starts at 7:30pm in the MHS Gym.
All AOF Scholarship Applications are due to Mrs. Hoeler on April 12, 2024 at the end of the school day. The Matthew Caughey scholarship is separate and must be received at the address provided by 3pm on April 12, 2024.
AOF Graduation is on May 9, 2024 (Thursday) at 7:00pm.
Check the "More info/Apply" section for more information on these events.
What is the Academy of Finance?
The Academy of Finance is designed to prepare students with skills needed for the highly competitive financial services industry in the 21st century. The program has been developed to encourage and support partnerships between business and education with the hope of strengthening the preparedness of those entering the workforce. This partnership is designed to bring together leaders in business, education, government, and labor to provide the necessary guidance and resources to improve education and career preparation.
The Academy of Finance program offers a special plan of study in finance at the high school level, which also fulfills both required and elective credits. Classroom instruction supplemented by mentoring from industry specialists, college-level class work, field trips, and a required summer paid internship comprise the important components of this program. Together academy students work on projects in order to develop "real-world" personal, financial, and technical skills that will make them business leaders of tomorrow. Upon completion of the Academy of Finance, the student will receive a "Certificate of Financial Studies."
The Manasquan High School Academy of Finance
The MHS Academy of Finance began in 1999 and had its first graduating class of two students in 2001. In the past twenty years the program has graduated over 500 students. These students have attended such prestigious schools as Duke, U-Penn, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Villanova, Steven’s Institute of Technology, Fairfield, Wake Forest, Manhattan, Fordham, University of Miami, and Rutgers University.
In addition to the course work, the MHS AOF has also taken field trips to some of the most well known financial institutions in the world including Goldman Sachs, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, the Philadelphia Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
In order to raise funds for scholarships and activities, the students conduct an annual fashion show in March. The show is run entirely by the students and includes a gift auction and dessert following the show. Models include both Academy students and MHS faculty members. It has proven to be a success every year. For more information on what you can do to help next year’s show, please email John Driscoll at JDriscoll@manasquanboe.org.
Beginning in 2007, the students of the Academy have run a Toy Drive for underprivileged kids. The drive is run each year during the first two weeks in December. In the fifteen years they have run the drive, the AOF students have been able to collect over 3,500 toys to be donated to local charities and families. In addition to this, many students have donated their time and efforts to many charitable efforts both locally and nationally.
As of June 2021 the program has one hundred seventy five students. Applications are available in the more info/apply section of the AOF website. The time to apply is usually during the student’s freshmen or sophomore year and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no application deadline, but the sooner you apply, the better. The future of the AOF at Manasquan is obviously a bright one and the MHS Academy would like to thank all advisory board members, volunteers, parents and students for their support throughout the year.
The Academy of Finance will prepare students for the "real-world" environment and features
- Emphasis on academic excellence
- Specialized curriculum and classroom activities
- Personal contact with members of the financial community
- Paid internship in local financial services firms
- Opportunity to earn college credits while in high school
- Opportunity to earn scholarships
Mr. John Driscoll
Director, Academy of Finance