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ACCOUNTING I                                                                                                              
Full Year
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                               

The Accounting I course is designed to provide students with an understanding of accounting practices and procedures in a proprietorship service business and partnership merchandising business.  The course will emphasize real life situations to enhance the student's marketable employment skills and provide them the opportunity to be successful in a college accounting class.  Journalizing, posting, financial statement presentation, analysis, and computerized accounting are some of the activities the students will be involved in.  The Accounting I course has been designed to be a one-year course in order to better develop the student's business knowledge and leadership skills.   

Students who enroll in this course have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits by registering for the college accreditation program.

 ACCOUNTING II                    
Full Year                    
Grade 10, 11, 12                                      

The Accounting II course is designed to provide students with an understanding of accounting practices and procedures in a corporation merchandising business.  The study of a second year of accounting helps qualify students for jobs and careers at higher levels than one year of study would allow.  It is also excellent background and preparation for college business and accounting courses.  In addition, topics learned are useful tools for the new entrepreneur.  The Accounting II course has been designed to be a one-year course in order to better develop the student's business knowledge and leadership skills.

Students who enroll in this course have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits by registering for the college accreditation program.

LAW AND JUSTICE                                                                                                        
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12                                 

This course is a survey of the American justice system, including the civil and criminal codes, the court system, constitutional law, a history of law, and contract law.  The rights and responsibilities of individuals within our legal system, contemporary issues in society, and current court rulings are the basis for study and research.  Instructional activities include outside speakers, field trips, participation in the Pennsylvania Mock Trial Competition, writing, library research, and audiovisual presentations.  Course requirements consist of written assignments, class discussion of case studies, and participating in the class mock trial.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP      
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12      

Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your own business? Would you like to be a decision maker and the boss? In this semester course, students select an idea for a new business and create a plan for its success.  Market research is used to determine the location and product/service mix.  A business plan is developed to describe the organization, marketing strategies, financial requirements, and employees of the new business.  The student will create an advertising campaign and plan a grand opening.  Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  The success stories of Ray Kroc (McDonalds), Mary Kay (Mary Kay Cosmetics) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) all began with an idea, a plan, and entrepreneurship-know-how!

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS                           
Semester
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                             

Introduction to Business allows the students to discover how the American business economy operates and helps them prepare to make decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens.  The course combines explanations of business and the economic concepts that effect business.  The course creates a strong business foundation for the students and allows them to discover if they are interested in further studying business.

The second part of the course will start the students focusing on careers.  Topics of study will include career research, interviewing techniques, business etiquette, along with resume and cover letter writing.  The American banking system and checking accounts will be overviewed, as well as investing in the stock market.

NOTE TAKING/STUDY SKILLS                                                    
Semester
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                             

Students learn an abbreviated writing system called SUPERWRITE, which is based, primarily in longhand and secondarily on phonetics.  This system is designed to provide students with a quick, easy-to-learn method of writing that is very easy to read.  Students learn to improve their study skills by learning about good organization skills, time management, efficient listening, memory techniques, and note-taking techniques.  This course is recommended for all students who would like to improve their note taking in high school and prepare for college note taking.

INTRODUCTION TO ADVERTISING                                     
Semester
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12           

This course is designed to introduce the principles and background of advertising, advertising campaigns and types of advertising; to survey all advertising media, to appreciate the value of advertising, the role of advertising, and basic principles of copy writing and design for various media.  Special emphasis is given to social, legal, planning and the creative aspects of advertising.  It is suggested that students complete the Introduction to Communications course prior to registering for this course.

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