Academy of Finance (AOF)
(affiliated with the National Academy Foundation)

Established nationally in 1982, the Academy of Finance (AOF) introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the financial services industry and, in the process, equips them to make sound choices for the future. A member program of the National Academy Foundation, the Academy of Finance operates as a "school within a school" and is located in high schools nationwide.

AOF is a college preparatory program, with required coursework in economics, finance, accounting, banking, and international finance. Opportunities for job shadowing, internships, and parallel college enrollment may also be available.

Students may also participate in the Future Business Leaders of America or DECA, an association of marketing students. Graduates receive a Certificate of Financial Studies by the National Academy Foundation at a special ceremony.

* Articulated college credit may be earned from the Community College of Baltimore County.

‡ Students may earn a minimum of four MSDE Career & Technology (CTE) credits for graduation.


Admission criteria and ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES available here.


Available at:

Lansdowne High School Academy
3800 Hollins Ferry Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227


Applications are accepted for Grade 10.

Transportation is provided for students who are zoned for the Northwest or Southwest areas.


Overlea High School
5401 Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21206


Applications are accepted for Grade 10 through Grade 11.

Transportation is provided for students who are zoned for the Northeast and Southeast areas.