Clarence High School

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 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 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 career 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

 

The following courses count toward the 216 hours of required coursework for the CDOS credential.

 CDOS 21st Century Skills 

This course may include: developing the skills necessary for building positive relationships leading to success in school, career, and daily life. Independent Living can prepare you to better understand yourself and help you focus on your future. All aspects of relationships may be studied including: family, friends, co-workers, dating, and love. Other topics could include: informed decision making, managing stress, conflict resolution, managing personal finances, and living expenses. The skills learned in this course will help you make the sometimes-difficult transition from high school to independent living with confidence.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit

 

 CDOS Human Services

This course may include: exploring the human services field which will provide each student with a foundation for this type of work. Focus skills for a career in Human Services include: a knowledge of social structures and adaptability, interpersonal communication, interacting well with diverse cultures, knowledge of community resources, planning, and critical thinking. The overall goal of this course is for students to have an opportunity to research careers within the Human Services career cluster, allowing them to determine whether a career in Human Services is an appropriate fit for them.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit

 CDOS Career and Financial Management

This course may include: learning about money and the function of finance in society, the study of income and wealth, examining financial institutions, a brief history of the impact the economy has had on finance, as well as exploring careers in finance. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the financial world, as well as a foundation for money management, including budgeting, managing a checking account as well as saving and investing.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit

 CDOS Career Skills

This course may include: exploring your future career options, learning about how to communicate effectively in the workplace and researching career clusters. You may take personality tests to learn about what motivates you and to help you understand the personalities of those around you. You may also take an interest profile assessment, as well as assess your interests and values. This course may also include workplace skills, such as: creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, information and technology literacy, as well as flexibility, adaptability, and self-direction. The goal of this course is to help you find career options that will be best suited for you and to help you find fulfillment in your career choic.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit

 CDOS Work-Based Learning

This course may include: learning about how to communicate effectively in the workplace, how to deal with difficult situations, including customer service, and working with coworkers. You may take personality tests such as Myers Briggs to help you understand the personalities of those around you. This course may also include workplace skills, understanding company mission statements, managing personal resources, creating SMART goals, how to take constructive criticism on a performance review, as well as working with a sense of urgency. The goal of this course is to practice these skills in a work setting through a work-based learning experience.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit

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