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"My journey through Financial Services has been one that has changed my life forever. I have never enjoyed myself in a class the way I loved being in this one."

Anna Lemon, 2019

“Financial Services isn’t just a business class, it’s a life class.”

Brennan Gehring, 2018

“Every day in Financial Services was a new experience and fun in its own way. I have learned so much throughout the whole year that I’ll be able to use in the real world for the rest of my life.”

Carlos Boyd, 2017
“This year in Financial Services has been life changing. This class opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunities.”
Mason Faucett, 2016
“Looking back, my decision to take Financial Services was one of the best choices I have made in my high school career. I am truly blessed to be in such a great program with great friends and a great teacher.”
Matt Paluga, 2015
“I will remember this class because not only was I educated in the basic principles of what my future career will be, I was also educated in the basic principles of being a professional, a good student, and a responsible leader.”
Alex Bungabong, 2014
“Financial Services has changed my life in ways that I never had imagined before entering the course. The class has taught me so much about business and finance, helped me make new friends, given me new opportunities, taught me how to effectively lead and present myself, and most importantly, helped me to reach the college of my dreams.”
Kenny Merchant, 2013
“Financial Services was the best class that I ever took. This whole class was like a family and there was never a dull moment.”
Keonte Chambers, 2014
“The people in this class have impacted my life in a very positive way, and the learning environment is terrific. It’s such a positive zone.”
Haley Golden, 2015
“Through Financial Services, I had the opportunity to meet and network with many business executives, including the CEO of General Electric (one of the most powerful CEOs in the world). What other class could offer this?”
Russell Baldrick, 2016

“My first year in FS has been a success and I have learned so much. I can truly say that it is the only class I learn something new and helpful in every day. Looking back on it, applying to FS may have been one of the best decisions I have made so far in my life.”

Jason Hentz, 2017

“Financial Services is more than a class … it has provided numerous experiences that have helped me develop as a person. I definitely would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Mr. Clark.”

James Adleta, 2018

"I would really just like to thank Mr. Clark for everything he has ever done for me. FS honestly made my four years of high school some of the best times of my life and I'm not sure where I would be without this class."

Andrew Smith, 2019

“My personal journey in BPA began as a freshman, and over the past four years this organization has taught me so much about leadership, perseverance … and myself.” 

Nick Harper, 2018

“My junior year in Financial Services is a year I’ll never forget. This class has really opened up my eyes and made me realize the opportunities available to us. I look forward to going to Financial Services every day.”

Courtney Moore, 2017

“I can honestly say that Financial Services was the best choice I ever made in high school. I have learned so much about business, I have become a better leader, and now I feel prepared for my future.”

Joshua Harper, 2016

“Joining Financial Services was a decision that basically shaped my whole high school career. This class has taught me so much and has opened so many doors for me.”
Jared Givens, 2015
“To say Financial Services was meaningful to me would be an understatement; this class practically changed me as a person, and changed my
whole outlook on life.”
Gage Smith, 2014
“You can’t be in a bad mood in this class; no matter how hard you try, someone is going to make you laugh.”
Kayla Sammons, 2013
“Financial Services meant the world to me through my senior year. During a time when big decisions are needed, life paths are chosen, and dreams are the most important, FS tied all these together to show me my future.”
Fox Moeller, 2014
“Signing up for FS was one of the best decisions I ever made. I’ve learned so much this year and gained so many good memories.”
Rodney Allen, 2015
“Financial Services was my favorite class, not only because of what we learned, but also because of the people in it and the teacher teaching it. Going in, I heard a lot of good things about the class and this year showed me why everyone wanted to get into Financial Services.”
Ayman El Qasem, 2016

“Out of all my years in school, Mr. Clark is by far my favorite teacher. He has taught me so much about life and about the business industry … and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us during my senior year!”

Adam Mueller, 2017

“My time in Mr. Clark’s Financial Services class was the time that I grew the most as a person. I’ve learned so many things, from starting a business and managing it, to dressing professionally and how to tie a tie. This class has made a huge impact on my life in countless ways.”

Zeke Bungabong, 2018

"My time in Financial Services has been and will be one of my favorite experiences that I had in high school."

Jack Obermeyer, 2019

“BPA has inspired me to pursue a future in the business world and become a leader."

Safa Azad, 2018

“I remember walking into Mr. Clark’s room on my first day of Intro to Entrepreneurship freshman year, and thinking this is the coolest class I’ve ever been in. I learned quickly that it was also taught by the best and most experienced teacher I’ve ever had. I learned more in my first week of FS than I did all year in any other class.”

Jake Fishburn, 2017

“The past two years in Financial Services have been life changing. I have learned countless invaluable skills that I will take with me to college and beyond.”

Carter Gehring, 2016
"If I could rewind to the beginning of junior year and relive all the experiences that I had in this class, I would do it without a second thought."
Jared Givens, 2015
“All of the trips we take outside of the class are what really make us feel more like a family, something no other classroom or group I’ve been a part of can do.”
Alexandra Roelofs, 2014
“Being in Financial Services was everything that I thought it would be and so much more…”
Jimmy Strunk, 2013

Financial Services


A two-year business program designed for college-bound juniors and seniors ...


Financial Services Honors/CCP is a college-prep business program designed for juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing college majors and future careers in business and finance. Students explore every aspect of business, including economics and entrepreneurship, business law and international business, saving and investing, real estate and credit, insurance and risk management, corporate finance and accounting. Students will become experienced in all of the latest technology applications used in business today. Students will improve their communication skills, hone their leadership abilities, and develop strategies for working successfully in teams. And most importantly, they will be prepared for a successful transition to many exciting college majors and careers.

Honors vs. CCP

Financial Services can be taken as either an honors course or a CCP course. Students are initially added into the honors section of the program and then they can apply for CCP in the fall of their junior and senior years. College credits are offered through Cincinnati State for all four courses that make up this program: 

  • Strategic Entrepreneurship: College Course: MGT 120 Entrepreneurship. Note: also a CTAG course allowing students to earn college credits at any public college in Ohio ... without doing CCP (passing score on the WebXam is required).
  • Financial Accounting: College Course: ACC 101 Financial Accounting.
  • Fundamentals of Financial Services: College Course: FIN 100 Personal Finance.
  • Corporate Finance: College Course: FIN 150 Business Finance.

Students enrolled in Financial Services for CCP credit will receive 5.0 AP weighting from NWLSD. In total, students in Financial Services can earn 12 college credits (a full semester of college) at no cost to parents. These credits can be transferred to most colleges in the US. Butler Tech pays the tuition for these college credits. See the document below for more details:





Fundamentals of Financial Svcs
Corporate Finance


Strategic Entrepreneurship
Financial Accounting


An introductory business class designed to prepare students for Financial Services ... 


Financial Foundations is a year-long course that provides students with an introduction to the exciting world of finance. Students investigate the business environment, our economy, money management, and business law in a fast-paced, interactive atmosphere. Students explore micro and macro economics through hands-on projects that put these ideas into practice. Students learn how to budget their money, save and invest, protect themselves with insurance, and use credit wisely. And students learn how to navigate the legal system and contract law. Students also develop computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Photoshop. This class is designed as an introduction to finance for freshmen and sophomores (but any students are welcome to sign up). Financial Foundations meets during bells 1 and 7.








The student organization for all business courses at Northwest High School ... 


Business Professionals of America is the premier CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, finance, information technology, and other related career fields. Nationwide, BPA has 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters in 25 states and Puerto Rico. In Ohio, BPA has 8,500 secondary, post-secondary, and middle-level members across 18 regions. And Northwest Finance BPA has 100 students involved through the Financial Services program and Financial Foundations. Being part of BPA will be one of the most rewarding aspects of your business class. Through this involvement, you will build lasting relationships, gain real-life skills, participate in competitive events, develop leadership, connect with business people, and have opportunities to travel to conferences.







Our student-run financial institution at Northwest High School ...


The Knights Credit Union is a joint venture between Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union and Northwest Local School District and is staffed by students in the Financial Services program. The students who work in the KCU branch have the opportunity to experience the financial services profession first hand, by opening accounts, assisting students with their banking transactions, and providing personal financial education to their fellow students at Northwest. Some of these students also have the ability to work at the COPFCU branch on Springdale Road after school and during the summer. We are excited to be participating in this project and have our students gain this valuable experience!  






Our college partnerships help to get you ready for the next step in your education ...


Financial Services gets you ready to succeed after high school with multiple college partnerships. Earn college credits through our College Credit Plus partnership with Cincinnati State. In addition, Financial Services is a College Tech Prep course with college articulation agreements through Ohio College Tech Prep. Several summer college programs are available to help prepare you for the next step in your education, including Summer Junior Program at Xavier, ACAP-Ohio at OSU, Junior Executive Business Program at OU, Ohio Business Week at OU, Summer Scholars at Miami, and INROADS College Links. 





Butler Tech is redefining education in our district...  


Northwest Local School District has partnered with Butler Tech to deliver all of the district's career programs, including Financial Services. This means that all the latest technology and business applications will be made available to the students in this program. As one of the largest career-technical schools in Ohio, Butler Tech has the resources and the experience to help you build the future you want through state-of-the-art education programs, like Financial Services. We want to be part of your success story!








My name is Peter Clark and I'm the Financial Services instructor at Northwest High School. I grew up in the Cincinnati area and returned 15 years ago to be closer to family and to become a teacher in my home town. Before this move, I worked for 14 years as an investment banker and consultant in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, and Cleveland. During that time, I advised hundreds of companies - from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 corporations - and helped them raise capital to grow their businesses. As far as education goes, I went to the College of William & Mary in Virginia and graduated from their business school with a degree in Finance. I thoroughly enjoyed my years on Wall Street, but my true passion in life is teaching. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my experience and enthusiasm for business with students in our district.











Financial Services Juniors
(Strategic Entrepreneurship & Financial Accounting)



Knights Credit Union



Financial Services Seniors
(Fundamentals of Financial Svcs & Corporate Finance)



Financial Foundations



Business Card






Financial Services Brochure


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"Capitalize Your Future" 

Capitalize Your Future




The 2019-20 school year marks the 15th anniversary of the Financial Services program at Northwest High School. That's 15 years of educating future business professionals, 15 years of leadership and service experiences, and 15 years of memories. 

And as the teacher of this program for all 15 years, I am proud to have taught such an amazing group of students ... we consistently have the best and the brightest students in Financial Services. In total, we've had more than 1,000 students come through room 317 between the Financial Services program and the foundations courses (hard to believe ... and I'm pretty sure I remember every one of you). I'm honored to have been able to make a difference - no matter how small - in the lives of so many people. 

What's happened in these 15 years? Quite a bit...

  • We've had 351 BPA state qualifiers from Financial Services.
  • We've had 125 BPA national qualifiers from Financial Services, traveling to Anaheim in 2010 (17), Washington DC in 2011 (19), Chicago in 2012 (3), Orlando in 2013 (6), Indianapolis in 2014 (10), Anaheim in 2015 (7), Boston in 2016 (13), Orlando in 2017 (14), Dallas in 2018 (20), and Anaheim in 2019 (16).
  • We've had 11 BPA state officers elected (in each of the past seven years), representing our school at the state level and on the executive board. We've also had 5 BPA national officer candidates and 3 BPA national officers elected.
  • We've built 2 community playgrounds, helped to build Victory Pathway at Northwest, taught financial literacy skills to hundred of students at our elementary schools through the StEP Program, and started a successful credit union at our school that's run entirely by our students. Not to mention all the other fundraising and community service projects we've done in this time!

Over the years, we've had over 120 BPA chapter meetings (with 1,800 pizzas). These meetings were run by our executive officers, including the Northwest BPA Chapter Presidents shown below ... Chrissy, Shanice, Nicole, Lakia, Jacob, John, Jacob, Kenny, Alex, Brandon, Russell, Carlos, Nick, Gabby, Carleigh, and Trinity.BPA Presidents

Check out the class pictures from all of our Financial Services classes on the Photo Gallery page of this website. It's been a wild ride ... and I'm looking forward to many more crazy experiences with the students in Financial Services!