High School of Business™ is designed much like a college business administration program. Students take approximately one course per semester, beginning with an introduction to business. The program continues with courses in various business functions concluding with the capstone course, Business Strategies, that requires implementation of the principles addressed throughout the High School of Business™ program.
High School of Business™ is designed to be phased in over a four-year period.
The following chart shows the program design by high school year. Click titles for course descriptions. Note: This is a sample plan of study. Click here to view other sample schedules, including alternatives for schools that use block scheduling.
Required courses are in bold.
Career Technical Student Organizations
Think of it as a partnership. High School of Business™ is the curriculum that pairs with the CTSO co-curricular program. High School of Business™ teachers confirm that many of the projects in each High School of Business™ course naturally feed into CTSO competitive events. In addition, the skills that students use to work on High School of Business™ projects (including teamwork, leadership, and delivering oral presentations) strengthen their use of these skills in CTSO events.
Students work on their Leadership Project at
Renaissance High School in Detroit.
Just like they teach you in a marketing course, you need to find out the needs/wants of your target market and deliver a product that fulfills…even exceeds…these. In brief, that’s why MBAResearch decided to embark on the High School of Business™ initiative.
As a leading researcher and resource developer of marketing and business curricula, MBAResearch makes it a priority to keep up-to-date in its industry. Through daily interaction with educators, administrators and marketing and business professionals, a theme began to emerge. Many high school students who planned to major in business or marketing in college were not adding high school business and marketing courses to their schedules. Further research determined that many schools did not have the accelerated curriculum in place to challenge and prepare these college-bound students. And so an idea began. How can high schools better prepare the large number of future college business administration and marketing majors that they serve?
In early 2007, five high schools from five different states paved the way for the High School of Business™ program. As the pilot sites, this special group offers continuous feedback on all aspects of the program, including professional development, curriculum, and program design.
High School of Business™ continues to grow. For more information on applying, see Getting Started.
Miami University junior and High School of Business alumnus,
Hunter Leachman, discusses the benefits of HSB.
“My former students have unanimously told me that being in HSB has helped them in college.” –Howard Foltz, Columbus Grove High School (OH)
College Credit Options With National Partners
MBA Research is pleased to offer college credit opportunities through national affiliations. In addition, schools are encouraged to work with local post-secondary partners to explore credit opportunities. Most schools that participate in the High School of Business™ program have at least one established local college credit agreement.
|Bowling Green State University||Up to 6 credits||Bowling Green, OH||BGSU details.|
|Bellevue University||Up to 6 credits||Omaha, NE, or online||
|University of Northern Colorado||3 credits||Greeley, CO|
High School of Business™ Benefits Chart. Easily answer the “what’s in it for my students/school/teachers?” question using the benefits listed on this chart.
High School of Business™ will...
"High School of Business has helped make our program stronger and more attractive to students and parents." -Dr. Jerry Anderson, Principal, Monarch High School (CO)
Common Core, Business Education, and PBL
"Our students read and write about non-fiction in every course. It's a natural connection with the Common Core." -Helen Redmond, High School of Business™ Teacher, LEAP Academy (NJ)
The work students do in business and marketing courses, such as High School of Business™, is likely already a good fit with Common Core initiatives in your state. Read about the ways that project-based learning naturally ties with Common Core in this Edutopia.org blog.
Colleges recruit High School of Business™ students. Rigorous courses, college-level learning outcomes, and accountability through third-party exams are a powerful combination that lead to many benefits for students in the High School of Business™ program. And we're pleased to share another benefit of the program--college recognition. In addition to credit and scholarship options, post-secondary institutions are beginning to recruit for High School of Business™ students. Says Rudy Sumpter, a teacher at Monarch High in Louisville, Colorado: "High School of Business is working well for college admissions. University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado are actively recruiting and admitting our graduates into elite programs. Deans have come and visited my classes--this didn't happen before High School of Business. High School of Business has been a "brand" that sets us apart from neighboring schools."
A Positive Impact on the Whole School. "Even the kids who haven't taken an HSB class are affected by the program." We know that High School of Business™ builds advanced business and 21st Century Skills of participating students. But we were pleased to hear the program has a positive educational impact on other students at participating schools. School Counselor Heidi Weber (Eastern High, Kentucky) recently shared this experience: "Senior AP Language classes are giving presentations this week. When our HSB students work together doing group projects in other classes, they work with students who did not have the opportunity to take an HSB class. Just as in a blended classroom, the students learn from each other. They learn how to think, process, present, persuade. And the soft skills that they learn in the HSB program are shared with the students they interact with. Therefore it extends the learning as the HSB students are teaching their fellow classmates through their actions the finer points of presenting their ideas."
Click here for more High School of Business™ endorsements from teachers and students.
Official High School of Business™ School Sites
Adams City High School
Brighton High School
Denver South High School
Early College High School
Fort Lupton High School
George Washington High School
Grand Junction High School
Greeley West High School
Haxtun High School
High Tech Early College
Holyoke High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Julesburg High School
Lone Star High School
Longmont High School
Merino High School
Monarch High School
Mountain Range High School
Platte Valley High School
Pomona High School
Rock Canyon High School
University High School
Boone High School
Saydel High School
Waverly-Shell Rock High School
Caldwell High School
Kuna High School
Middleton High School
Mountain View High School
Payette River Regional Technical Academy
Bullitt East High School
Eastern High School
Affton High School
Benton High School
Camdenton High School
Central High School
Lebanon Technology & Career Center
Lafayette High School
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Ritenour High School
The Career Academy - Lincoln Public Schools
Omaha Benson High School
Plattsmouth High School
Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology - Washoe Public Schools
Green Valley High School
Legacy High School
Silverado College Preparatory and Career Technical High School
West Career & Tech Academy
LEAP Academy Charter School
Capital High School
Century High School
Legacy High School
Austintown Fitch High School
Bowsher High School
Colerain High School/Butler Tech
Columbus Grove High School
Edgewood High School/Butler Tech
Ellet High School
Firestone High School
Glen Este High School/Great Oaks
GlenOak High School
Harrison High School/Great Oaks
Jones Leadership Academy
Leipsic High School
Mariemont High School/Great Oaks
Milford High School/Great Oaks
Northland High School
Northwest High School/Butler Tech
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center/Graham High School
Ross High School/Butler Tech
Washington Sr. High School/Great Oaks
Winton Woods High School
Withrow University High School
Tug Valley High School
Beloit Memorial High School
Middleton High School
Oconomowoc High School
Pulaski High School
West Bend East and West High School
Dana Anderson and Rudy Sumpter from Monarch High School,
Colorado, discuss a project during training.
I had considered retiring this year, but teaching High School of Business™ has re-energized me. I can’t wait to get back to school and work through the projects with the students.
-- Howard Foltz, Columbus Grove High School (OH)
Teachers are the heartbeat of the High School of Business™ program. MBA Research is committed to providing high-quality professional development to the teachers in this national program. An extensive training schedule is a key piece of the program.
With a heavy emphasis on projects, teamwork, research, and project management, High School of Business™ classrooms don’t look or feel like most high school classrooms. Learning through standards-infused projects will be new for most students. Likewise, teaching in this style is new to many teachers. For others, the manner in which High School of Business™ uses project-based learning will be new. This new style involves giving students the opportunity to learn through projects that they complete. Teachers make a conscious decision to move from the front of the classroom to their new role as consultant. Sound simple? It isn’t for most of us. Knowing this can be a difficult transition for any teacher, High School of Business™ professional development is conducted using a primarily project-based learning pedagogy. Teachers are given projects to accomplish in teams of 4-5. Online research, time management, discussion, and oral presentations are conducted. In short, the teachers' early training sessions mirror their students' classroom experience.
Teachers collaborate at High School of Business™ training.
Over a two-day period, teachers learn about project and problem based learning as it is used in High School of Business™. Expect a rigorous hands-on training session that sets the foundation for each teacher’s learning.
Here’s where training gets specific. Each teacher participates in 1-2 days of training for each High School of Business™ course that he/she intends to teach. Teachers experience parts of projects, learn planning and preparation techniques, and collaborate with peers from across the U.S. These courses are designed to be challenging and fun for students, so learning to teach them will be as well.
High School of Business™ offers two Training Institutes per year (summer and fall). Teachers should attend training just prior to each High School of Business™ course being introduced at his/her school. For example, schools preparing to offer High School of Business™ courses for the first time would send teachers to Pedagogy Training and Principles of Business training at the Summer Training Institute and Business Economics at the Fall Training Institute.