Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Academy of Finance at SD High School of Business Gains National Distinction

Academy of FinanceThe Academy of Finance at the San Diego High Complex School of Business has been awarded a prestigious Distinguished Academy status by the National Academy Foundation.

The Academy of Finance, in one of the six schools at historic San Diego High, was the only school west of the Mississippi River to be named a Distinguished Academy. Only nine of the nearly 500 high schools in the nation with finance academies have been named a Distinguished Academy.

The reviewing team that visited San Diego High earlier this year lauded the school's active advisory board, whose members work one-on-one with students to mentor them into the business community.

"Our advisory board engagement, workplace experience for our students and the variety of internships available were things that the team told us were highlights of their visit," said Joe Austin, principal of the School of Business. "The fact that our advisory board members, and other members of the business community, meet monthly with our students, allow them to job shadow, and generally work as mentors was seen as an example of how other schools can do things right."

Austin said San Diego's business community has taken the school to heart.

"Our students greatly benefit from the fantastic corps of individuals who spend their own time sharing their real-world experiences with our students. That's something that money just can't buy."

Founded in 1982 by Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc., the program brings businesses and educators together to put students on a career path leading to Wall Street. It has since been expanded to include fields such as engineering, hospitality and tourism, and information technology.

For more information on the program at San Diego High School of Business, contact Joe Austin, Principal, at (619) 525-7461 or