Middle School Academics
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, this dynamic program designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grades, will allow middle school students to learn real world entrepreneurial skills and foster the sense of their role in contributing to the greater good.
Element One – as a prerequisite, students learn the basics of business through Junior Achievement's award-winning "It's My Business" entrepreneurship curriculum.
Element Two – working in small groups. students brainstorm their own business ideas and organize their collaborative findings into reports that incorporate all the features of a traditional business plan.
Element Three – following a collegiate business school model, students "pitch" their business plans to panels of peers who provide feedback and determine by vote, each plan's viability.
Element Four – students build their business from scratch and put their plan in to practice.
Element Five – a turnkey business opportunity (concurrent to coursework) in the form of a brick & mortar "Thrift Shop" is a "working lab" where students hone skills related to good business practices.
Element Six – a basis for Social Responsibility is established through Thrift Shop operations. Students will hold community events where other schools or nonprofits participate in the sale of Thrift Shop items. A percentage of gross receipts for that particular event is shared with the participating group.