Business Department Courses

  • Foundational Courses

    Tech Tools
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: 25WPM
    Available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Learn the Word Office Suite. Use of graphics in newsletters, etc. Gather data in spreadsheets and prepare charts. Prepare multimedia presentations, complete internet projects.
     
    Digital Media
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Become more digitally literate in a technology age. Learn a variety of on-line graphic, audio, video, and productivity tools to help you better navigate networks and multimedia projects for all content areas. It is a great introductory class for any upper level media arts class.
     
    Foundations of Personal Finance
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades  9, 10, 11, 12
    Students learn how to make informed decisions related to managing finances: budgeting, saving, investing, living independently, earning and reporting income, buying goods and services, using credit banking, and protecting against fraud. This course generates language to develop personal financial independence so students understand the relevance of being financially fit.
     
    21st Century Career Essentials
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades  9, 10, 11, 12
    This foundational course takes students through life and career planning process to understand the link between academic achievement and life satisfaction by visualizing their futures, setting goals to achieve their visions, and building self-esteem and character. Whether the students identify with careers or lifestyles, they will gain valuable financial knowledge of how their choices will impact their future well-being.
     
    Intro to Business Economics
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: ?
    Available to grades  9, 10, 11, 12
    An introduction of basic economic theories using practical applications that integrate personal finance concepts. A wide variety of economic topics such as the free market system, opportunity cost, market demand, price determination, market structures, business organizations, economic growth, trade and investing will help the students generate an economic toolkit.
     
    Intro to Business Management (dual credit)
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: ?
    Available to grades  9, 10, 11, 12
    An introduction to the world of business, business systems, capitalism, and other economic environments.  Focus is on the entrepreneurship and global competition.
     
    Media Arts Courses

     
    Graphic Design I & II
    1 Semester each
    Prerequisites: Graphic I is pre-req to Graphic II
    Available to grades  9, 10, 11, 12
    Learn principles of page layout and design. Create graphics for page layout for a variety of projects. Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Graphic II studies advanced topics.
     
    Introduction to Photography
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades  10, 11, 12
    Introduction to Photography exposes students to the tools, materials, and processes involved with photography and printing. Students explore photographic theory, technical issues, applications, practice, and history. Additional topics may include use of camera, composition and computer-aided printing. 
     
    Digital Film I & II (dual credit)
    1 Semester each
    Prerequisites: Film I is pre-req to Film II
    Available to grades  10, 11, 12
    Create films using Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry standard in editing. Watch and evaluate movies. Film II studies advanced topics. 
     
    IB Film 
    2 Year
    Prerequisites: Graphic Design and Digital Film Recommended but not required
    Available to grades  11
    IB Film is designed to give students an academic understanding of the art form, its history, theory and practice.  
     
    Financial Literacy Courses

     
    Accounting I
    1 Year
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades  10, 11, 12
    An introduction of fundamental accounting concepts, skills, and competencies in order to make informed business decisions. This course develops knowledge of the accounting cycle, and prepares students to be educated business professionals and informed consumers.
     
    Accounting II
    1 Year
    Prerequisites: Accounting II
    Available to grades  11, 12
    This course continues the development of the basic accounting concepts to perform advanced accounting procedures.  Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting, and departmentalized accounting is used in all applications.  Job shadow experiences will round out this course.
     
    Accounting III
    1 Year
    Prerequisites: Accounting II
    Available to grades  11, 12
    Emphasis will be placed on corporate, managerial, and cost accounting.  Departmentalized accounting is reinforced, manufacturing cost accounting is introduced, and partnerships and not-for-profit business system accounting are explored.   An internship with a local accounting firm or business will enhance this course experience.
     
    Banking
    1 Year
    Prerequisites: Accounting II
    Available to grades  11, 12
    This course is an introduction to the business of banking and its employment opportunities.  Concepts about banking operations, the Federal Reserve, customer services, day-to-day bank activities, and other relevant topics are presented to provide an understanding of how banks function within society.  Comprehension will be extended and reinforced through both job shadow and internship opportunities.
     
    Advanced Finance
    1 Year
    Prerequisites: Accounting II
    Available to grades  11, 12
    In this course, students will discover ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing financial resources, and gain insight into the different ways of investing and protecting money and property.  More advanced financial skills and understanding will be generated during the Stock Market Game experience and while creating an investment portfolio.  This capstone experience will offer an internship with a local investment firm or an independent financial consultant.  
     
    Other Courses

     
    Street Law
    1 Semester
    Prerequisites: None
    Available to grades  10, 11, 12
    Basics of civil and criminal law, contract law, property law, insurance, white collar crimes. Course includes speakers, field trips, mock trials, community resources.