Monday, June 17, 2013

San Diego High business students head to New York

San Diego High students on wall street San Diego High School of Business seniors in the Academy of Finance completed their annual trip to New York City just days before their final presentation of their senior exhibition. 21 students and three teachers toured the city with a highlight being a visit to the National Academy Foundation to be honored as a Distinguished Academy. The students were asked to present information and experiences from their academy at San Diego High including their summer internships, job shadows and having business professionals as mentors.

Students fund-raise every year to be able to participate in the trip. Ping pong tournaments, rummage sales and omelet days at many downtown businesses were some of the key money makers this year. For some, this was their first plane ride. The students were especially excited about visiting Wall Street, The Empire State Building, the Federal Reserve and Times Square. They also saw the musical, Jersey Boys, on Broadway.

The National Academy Foundation is a network of career-themed academies introducing high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, the foundation has refined a model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. Member academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.

The Distinguished Academy designation is given to those that have exhibited exceptional fidelity to an educational model that prepares students for success in college and careers. The foundation's annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing results-driven model. The assessment is designed to help all academies assess their progress and increase their alignment to the foundation's standards.

For more information about the Academy of Finance at San Diego High School, please contact Kelly Granfield, CCTE Teacher, at