Finance and Business


Pathway Contact

William Stegeman stegemanwi@esuhsd.org (408)928-8790


Whether you’re interested in a career in business, from finance and accounting, to real estate and the stock market, you need to know how to make and strategically spend money. The Academy of Finance and Business at Independence High School can help prepare you to become the type of business leader who knows how to deal with finances, communicate effectively and understand the big picture.

Hands-on, collaborative projects at the Academy of Finance and Business hone your leadership, technology and communication skills. The core instruction and real-world experience prepare you for your life after graduating from high school, whether you choose to continue on to college or immediately start your career.

The Academy of Finance and Business at Independence High School teaches you the basics of:

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  • starting and running a business
  • collaborating and communicating most effectively in teams
  • managing your personal finances
  • the stock market and banking industry
  • international trade

What types of real-world opportunities do you offer in finance and business?

  • International Economic Summit
  • Job shadowing
  • Community service
  • Field trips
  • Internships
  • Scholarships
  • NGO Fair
  • Heifer Project

Can I get college credit?

Yes, you can earn up to 15 units of college credits through dual enrollment. We’ll provide guidance and personal assistance to help you make a smooth transition to college using the credits you’ve accumulated toward your major. Ask us about scholarships and learn more on our college field trips.

What types of business or finance certification can I get while in high school?

  • Step up to College Economics Course
  • Quickbooks, industry accounting software

We’ve seen graduates of the Academy of Finance and Business at Independence High School achieve the following:

  • continue their education at top-tier universities
  • careers in finance, education, real estate, and technology.
  • Join Peace Corps, managing micro-banking programs for small business start-ups in Africa.

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Any Questions? Just reach out – we’ve got answers.

Gain lifelong skills, experiences and specialized knowledge. Every pathway lets you explore what’s really out there in a field of your choice before you even graduate from high school. Apply now and get a head start on college and your career. APPLY NOW