Business

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The business curriculum, designed to meet the diversified needs of all students, develops students’ ability to identify, analyze and solve a range of basic and complex business issues. The breath of courses offered also invites our students to not only explore our business class offerings but also provides the student the necessary familiarity for those who are looking to major in business during college.
Course Offerings and Descriptions
Designed for students who plan to study business in college, this course provides a basic understanding of economic principles and theories and introduces students to the role government plays in the economy as well as laws governing business formation and transactions. Topics include Introduction to Economics, Global Trade, United States Economy, Business Cycles, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy, Government Regulatory agencies, World Trade Organization, Legal Contracts, International Law, and Consumer Law.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
During the first semester, all students will take Intro to Marketing, where they will examine both traditional and online marketing strategies. Students will also focus on analyzing and creating advertising materials, including branding, logo design, and advertising techniques. During the second semester, students will use the strategies and techniques learned in the first semester, and apply them to the specific concentration which they have selected. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of marketing principles and how they work in the context of the fashion industry. Topics will include: Target markets, marketing research, consumer behavior, marketing mix, the history and evolution of fashion, the textile industry, color and design, fashion forecasting, wholesale markets, retail markets, branding, and distribution.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
During the first semester, all students will take Intro to Marketing, where they will examine both traditional and online marketing strategies. Students will also focus on analyzing and creating advertising materials, including branding, logo design, and advertising techniques. During the second semester, students will use the strategies and techniques learned in the first semester, and apply them to the specific concentration which they have selected. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of marketing principles and how they work in the context of the sports and entertainment industries. Topics will include: Target markets, marketing research, consumer behavior, marketing mix, event management, sponsorship, promotion, and endorsements.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
In this business course, students learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur while mastering the basics of planning and launching a successful business. Whether starting your own money making business or creating a non-profit to help others, this course develops the core skills needed to be successful. Students will learn how to come up with a new business idea, attract investors, market your business, manage expenses, and learn how to prepare financial statements. This course will rely on outside resources such as guest lectures and developing summer internships for juniors and seniors.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: Department Chair interview
Accounting, the language of business, is designed to provide both the college-bound and business student with a text and computer-based study of accounting concepts. All students planning to major in business, finance, accounting, or management in college are strongly advised to take Accounting Principles. Topics include the business cycle for a service business and merchandising business: Journalizing, Ledger Posting, Cash Controls, Worksheet and Adjustments, Financial Statements, and Closing Entries. Microsoft Excel is used extensively throughout the course.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: I
Open to Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 or above in any Business Department or math class
Greater emphasis will be on conceptual understanding and financial statement analysis. While Accounting Principles is focused in the mechanics of accounting, Honors will be balanced with more focus on how accounting information is used to make business decisions. Critical thinking activities will be added to provide more opportunities for higher-level thinking.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 90 or above in any Business Department class OR a final grade of 90 or above in an accelerated math class OR a final grade of 85 or better in an honors math class.
This class is designed for students who are looking to further their basic understanding of economic models, methodology, and economic theories. This knowledge will be applied to examine in detail current economic issues. The pedagogy for this class will be model from a freshman level college macroeconomics course. The Council for Economic Education (CEE) has compiled a list of 51 key economic concepts common for all U.S. State requirements for high school economic classes. These key concepts will be categorized into 5 main topics:
 
1- Fundamental Economics
2- Macroeconomics
3-Microeconomics
4-International Economics
5- Personal Finance Economics
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: II
Open to Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Any Business Department class with a final grade of 90 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Student with no Business Department classes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The AP course in macroeconomics offers students a thorough understanding of economic principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. With an emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, the course also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. All students taking the course are required to take the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics examination that is administered at the end of the school year.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: III
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Minimum GPA requirement 3.50 and successful completion/concurrent enrollment in Hon. Precalculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus. Teacher recommendation.
The AP course in microeconomics provides students with a thorough understanding of the economic principles that apply to individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. The course primarily emphasizes the nature and functions of product markets as well as the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. All students taking the course are required to take the Advanced Placement Microeconomics examination that is administered at the end of the school year.
 
Credit: 5
Quality Point Group: III
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Minimum GPA requirement 3.50 and successful completion/concurrent enrollment in Hon. Precalculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus. Teacher recommendation.