•  Accounting (AOBF)

    This course provides students with the basic knowledge of accounting procedures including: analyzing and journalizing business transactions, work sheets, preparing financial statements and recording, adjusting and closing entries. Checking accounts, payroll accounting and an introduction to computerized accounting systems is also included. Emphasis is placed on service and merchandising business in a sole proprietorship or corporate setting. An understanding of accounting practices can be a benefit to students in their personal finances as well as those planning to major in business. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit, when possible, through college articulation agreements.
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    School exam

    Business & Personal Law I

    This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of business and personal law. Topics include: constitutional, statutory, case and administrative laws, laws for minors, civic and criminal law, court jurisdictions, trial procedures, forensic science, contract law, consumer law, employment law, family law, property law including realty and landlord/tenant relationships, car insurance. Legal knowledge is applied in a fun and meaningful way through debate, guest speakers and the mock trial process. Students are encouraged to participate in the Erie County Mock Trial Team or Law Club to gain "real life experience." Students have the opportunity to earn college credit, when possible, through college articulation agreements.
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    School exam

    Business & Personal Law II

    This course is intended to teach students a variety of laws that affect the world of business and personal life. Topics include: copyright laws, agency relationships, employment laws, consumer laws, credit and family laws and corporate law. Students are encouraged to participate in the Erie County Mock Trial Team or Law Club to gain "real life experience." Students have the opportunity to earn college credit, when possible, through college articulation agreements.
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    School exam
    Prerequisite: Business & Personal Law I

    Entrepreneurship

    This course provides students with the skills needed to be successful in a constantly changing workplace. Students study entrepreneurship as a career choice, learning how to start, own, and manage a business. Topics covered include economics, entrepreneurship as a career, developing an idea, marketing, finance, competition, supplier management, communication, and ethical and legal issues. Students develop an understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship and small business to the economy. Students are involved in a variety of activities including listening to guest speakers, doing research, examining the Internet and developing a basic business plan for a business of their choice.
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    Final Project

    Ethics in Business  (AOBF)

    This course introduces the importance of ethics in business. Students focus on the significance of ethics to stakeholders; examine who bears responsibility for monitoring ethics; and explore ethical situations common in organizations. Students examine how ethics affects various business disciplines and consider the impact of organizational culture. Students also explore ethics as social responsibility, the evolution of ethics in international business, and how the free market and ethics can coexist.
    Grade 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    Final project/ exam
    Prerequisite: AOBF Principles of Finance & Accounting

    Financial Planning  (AOBF)

    Financial Planning provides students with an overview of the job of a financial planner. Students learn to consider how all aspects of financial planning might affect a potential client, and learn about the importance of financial planning in helping people reach their life goals. This course includes lessons on saving, borrowing, credit, and all types of insurance, and covers various types of investments. Students also examine careers in financial planning.
    Grade 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    Final project
    Prerequisite: AOBF Principles of Finance & Accounting

    Introduction to Business

     This course provides students with the necessary skills to be successful in business. Students will study business terminology, concepts and current business issues. The goal is to develop critical and analytical thinking skills as well as to develop an understanding of business decision-making competence used in the workplace today. This course will also help you establish your direction and choice of careers in business and to become a productive citizen who will be able to contribute and compete in an ever changing global environment.

    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    School exam
     
    MS Office  (AOBF)

    This course places emphasis on the study of major microcomputer application: word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Students will also study the microcomputer operating system fundamentals, and using the Internet. Students will prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification with training in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit, when possible, through college articulation agreements.
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    Microsoft Office User Specialist Certification exam

    Principles of Finance  (AOBF)

    This is the first course students take in the Academy of Business and Finance and introduces students to the financial world. Students develop financial literacy as they learn about the function of finance in society. They study income and wealth, examine financial institutions, learn how businesses raise capital and study key investment-related terms and concepts. They also research how innovations have changed the financial services field. Finally, students explore careers that exist in finance today. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit, when possible through college articulation agreements.
    Grade 10
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    School exam

    Digital Citizenship

    Students today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. This course empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Students will learn about the appropriate use of technology as it relates to digital access, etiquette, law, communication, literacy, safety, commerce, health and welfare.
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    Final Project

     
     Architecture & Interior Design (Housing)
     
    Students will become familiar with interior design concepts including window treatments, lighting, accessories, and personal style.  Application of design principles, elements and reuse to interior design, architecture, and landscaping will be emphasized.  Projects include: furniture design and creating a floorplan.  The majority of the work in this class is with hands-on projects.  This course may include an architecture field trip.  A limited amount of space is available for this course.  A lottery may be needed to determine who can enroll if the number of requests for the course exceeds the number of sections offered.
    Grades 9
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    This course can be used to satisfy half of the Art/Music requirement

       Clothing & Textiles

    This hands-on course will focus on the opportunity to explore the culture and influence of art associated with textiles and clothing.  Students will study the elements and principles of design and apply them to the selection and construction of clothing.  It is expected that students will have the opportunity to learn about textiles: their function, quality and proper care.  They will construct a practice project, and class sewing projects which meet quality standards.  Students may also use a sewing machine and other related equipment.  A limited amount of space is available for this course.  A lottery may be needed to determine who can enroll if the number of requests for the course exceeds the number of sections offered.
    Grades 9
    1 semester subject
    ½ unit of credit
    This course can be used to satisfy half of the Art/Music requirement