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    What is the Academy of Finance?

    The Questions

    "Why does congress have to raise the debt limit to fund the government?'
    "How do I keep from drowning in student loans?"
    "Why not just print more money for the poor?"
    "Why is everything so expensive?"
    "Is a strong dollar good or bad?"
    "Why money anyway?

    Ever ask those questions? Are you starting to worry about how to pay for college or get a place of your own? Or maybe you just want to know how to control of your own finances and not have to live pay check to paycheck. If so, then maybe you should consider applying to the Academy of Finance.

    The Overview

    Ballard's Academy of Finance (AOF) is a program aimed at the student looking at future in business, economics, finance or simply interested in being in control of their own finances or understanding how the economy works. AOF is part of the National Academy Association (NAF); The core of the program takes place during your Junior & Senior years where you will explore and understand the big picture of how the economy works and affects you through Business Economics (micro-economics) & Business in Global Economy (macro-economics), as well as how it impacts you personally through Principles of Finance (personal finance) and Business Ethics.

    The Details

    In addition to a rigorous and relevant curriculum, students will have access to:
    • A paid internship during the summer between Junior & Senior year
    • Career Conferences both years
    • Mentoring by UW Foster School of Business students on projects.
    • Access to our 30 plus professional advisory board from companies such as: K & L Gates, Marriot, Key Bank, KPMG, Inn at the Market among others.
    • College exploratory class at Seattle University
    • Career planning, coaching and training
    • Develop networking & Business communication skills
    • Opportunity to create a mentorship relationship.
    • Trip to New York City (Senior Year) visiting Wall street, AOF academy school in Queens, NYC

    How to Apply

    We highly recommend that students take a prerequisite course and follow the Traditional PathwayWe understand the tightness of student schedules, so students interested but unable to follow the Traditional Pathway can take advantage of the Selective Pathway to be a part of the academy experience. If that is the case (which requires approval by AOF teachers) they must take the Principles of Finance class and three other designated CTE courses and participate in all other AOF activities. Email Mr. Blazevic for more details.

    Suggested Sequence of courses: Grade 9-10 One prerequisite:

    Prerequisite Course Options:

    Computer Applications I

    Accounting I


    Marketing I

    Sports & Entertainment Marketing


    Traditional Pathway, Required Sequence of Courses:

    Grade 11

    Grade 12

    Business Economics – 1st Semester

    Ethics in Business - 2nd Semester

    Principles of Finance – 2nd Semester

    Business in a Global Economy - 1st Semester

    Selective Pathway, Principle of Finance plus 3 semesters of any of the following:

    AP Macroeconomics (2 semesters)

    AP Computer Science (2 semesters)


    Marketing I

    Sports & Entertainment Marketing

    Accounting I


    Eric Blazevic



    Refer to the BHS Course Catalog for more details on each course offered or visit the Academics Overview page.

    SAF Logo The Seattle Academies Foundation (SAF) is the professional board that oversees, plans & funds Academy activities such as the Career Conference & NYC trip. They also, avail themselves to the students as classroom speakers, mentors and advisors. Their support has made the Academies possible.

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    NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready.

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