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Program Design


    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.

    • Year one—Site Steering Team plans and implements the program. Teachers complete training. No High School of Business™ courses are offered in this initial year.
    • Years two–four—Courses are rolled out as scheduled. Teachers complete training for each course they will teach.


    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.


    1st Semester 

    2nd Semester

          Grade 9


                      Wealth Management

          Grade 10

                   Principles of Business

                      Business Economics

          Grade 11 

                   Principles of Marketing

                      Principles of Finance

          Grade 12

                   Principles of Management

                      Business Strategies

    Required courses are in bold.

    • Students incorporate High School of Business™ into a college-preparatory style course of study, resulting in the delivery of a breadth of academic knowledge that is then used in rigorous business-focused projects.
    • Participating schools agree to offer the program in its entirety (at least the six required courses: Principles of Business, Business Economics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management, and Business Strategies) over a period of four years to ensure that each student has the opportunity to complete the program.
    • Each of the five courses preceding the capstone course includes part of a program-long project.  For example, students nearing the end of the Business Economics course learn how to use a decision matrix and business feasibility study to select a business idea from a list generated in the previous course, Principles of Business.
    • In Business Strategies, senior-level student teams use the knowledge and skills gained in all of the previous courses to implement their new business idea.
    • Each student has the opportunity to see business in action.  Observing a senior-level business executive not only puts coursework into action, it can create a visual career goal for students.

    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.