Business 100

9th grade

Introductory business course designed to expose students to basic business concepts. It include the development of soft skills (21st Century employability skills), as a priority in college-level business classes. A common recommendation from business advisory committees and current employers is that we include soft skills training in each of our business courses. Employers have noticed a lack of communication skills and business etiquette. In order to give our students the best chance of succeeding in the local business economy, we need to ensure that we make soft skills development a priority and include that in the course descriptions. 

Relevance is established through showing how theory can be applied in practice. Curriculum uses real-world stories from business experiences, relating material to everyday applications, and asking students to find applications in current newsworthy issues as part of their assignments. Appropriate use of videos and other technology in the class as they enhance interest, encourage participation and critical thinking surrounding business issues, and help students connect the content with their real lives. 

Content, Digital, and/or Social Media Marketing in your section on Marketing in order to ensure the material is timely and relevant.

 

Introduction to Entrepreneurship concepts with a focus should on developing critical skills and entrepreneurial mindset such as creativity, innovation, design thinking, bootstrapping, understanding failure, risk tolerance, ideation, and examining ideas for their scalability and feasibility using the lean methodology, the business model canvas and leveraging resources in the local innovation ecosystem.

Empowering Entrepreneurs - Honors

10th grade

This honors course is designed to empower entrepreneurial literacy among high school students through a project-based learning approach.

 

Students will synthesize the aspects of entrepreneurship in teams, working with local entrepreneurs and their instructor. At the completion of Empowering Entrepreneurs, students will successfully apply concepts regarding the human characteristics (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) vital for entrepreneurial thinking in a 21st century global world. 

Additionally, academy students in this course will be applying the business concepts learned by completing a semester-long project focusing on digital marketing concepts and working with business professionals as mentors. The project will be cross-curricular with a strong focus and alignment in Empowering Entrepreneurs, Advanced English and Advanced World History courses. 

This course is a UC (University of California) CCTE (College, Career and Technical Education) approved course.  

Advanced Accounting Honors

11th grade

Advanced Accounting is the second Academy of Finance and Entrepreneurship Pathway course.  Academy students in this course will study the basic principles, concepts, and practices of the accounting cycle for a service business and a merchandising business. Topics covered include analyzing transactions, journalizing and posting entries, preparing payroll records and financial statements, and managing cash control systems. Business ethics and professional conduct are emphasized. Students learn fundamental accounting procedures, using both manual and electronic systems. .

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to follow a self-paced brief course to prepare for the Quickbooks Online certification. Quickbooks Online is the leading online accounting software for small and medium sized companies. 

Business Financial Markets

12th grade

This course introduces students to investments, taxes, personal finance. It provides an overview of the structure of financial markets.