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High School of Business™ is designed much like a college business administration program. Students take approximately one course per semester, beginning with an introduction to business.  The program continues with courses in various business functions concluding with the capstone course, Business Strategies, that requires implementation of the principles addressed throughout the High School of Business™ program.

High School of Business™ is designed to be phased in over a four-year period.

  • Year one—Site Steering Team plans and implements the program. Teachers complete training. No High School of Business™ courses are offered in this initial year.
  • Years two–four—Courses are rolled out as scheduled. Teachers complete training for each course they will teach.


The following chart shows the program design by high school year. Click titles for course descriptions. Note: This is a sample plan of study. Click here to view other sample schedules, including alternatives for schools that use block scheduling.


1st Semester 

2nd Semester

Grade 9


Wealth Management

Grade 10

Principles of Business

Business Economics

Grade 11 

Principles of Marketing

Principles of Finance

 Grade 12

Principles of Management

Business Strategies

Required courses are in bold.

  • Students incorporate High School of Business™ into a college-preparatory style course of study, resulting in the delivery of a breadth of academic knowledge that is then used in rigorous business-focused projects.
  • Participating schools agree to offer the program in its entirety (at least the six required courses: Principles of Business, Business Economics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management, and Business Strategies) over a period of four years to ensure that each student has the opportunity to complete the program.
  • Each of the five courses preceding the capstone course includes part of a program-long project.  For example, students nearing the end of the Business Economics course learn how to use a decision matrix and business feasibility study to select a business idea from a list generated in the previous course, Principles of Business.
  • In Business Strategies, senior-level student teams use the knowledge and skills gained in all of the previous courses to implement their new business idea.
  • Each student has the opportunity to see business in action.  Observing a senior-level business executive not only puts coursework into action, it can create a visual career goal for students.

Career Technical Student Organizations
Think of it as a partnership.  High School of Business™ is the curriculum that pairs with the CTSO co-curricular program. High School of Business™ teachers confirm that many of the projects in each High School of Business™ course naturally feed into CTSO competitive events.  In addition, the skills that students use to work on High School of Business™ projects (including teamwork, leadership, and delivering oral presentations) strengthen their use of these skills in CTSO events. 

Students work on their Leadership Project at
Renaissance High School in Detroit.

Just like they teach you in a marketing course, you need to find out the needs/wants of your target market and deliver a product that fulfills…even exceeds…these.  In brief, that’s why MBAResearch decided to embark on the High School of Business™ initiative. 

As a leading researcher and resource developer of marketing and business curricula, MBAResearch makes it a priority to keep up-to-date in its industry.  Through daily interaction with educators, administrators and marketing and business professionals, a theme began to emerge.  Many high school students who planned to major in business or marketing in college were not adding high school business and marketing courses to their schedules.  Further research determined that many schools did not have the accelerated curriculum in place to challenge and prepare these college-bound students.  And so an idea began.  How can high schools better prepare the large number of future college business administration and marketing majors that they serve?

In early 2007, five high schools from five different states paved the way for the High School of Business™ program.  As the pilot sites, this special group offers continuous feedback on all aspects of the program, including professional development, curriculum, and program design.  

High School of Business™ continues to grow.  For more information on applying, see Getting Started.

Miami University junior and High School of Business alumnus,
Hunter Leachman, discusses the benefits of HSB.

“My former students have unanimously told me that being in HSB has helped them in college.” –Howard Foltz, Columbus Grove High School (OH)

College Credit Options With National Partners

MBA Research is pleased to offer college credit opportunities through national affiliations. In addition, schools are encouraged to work with local post-secondary partners to explore credit opportunities. Most schools that participate in the High School of Business™ program have at least one established local college credit agreement.

  University   Credits Available   Location   Details
  Bowling Green State University   Up to 6 credits   Bowling Green, OH   BGSU details.
  Bellevue University   Up to 6 credits   Omaha, NE, or online   BU details.
  Press release.
  University of Northern Colorado   3 credits   Greeley, CO

  UNC details.
  Read more here.

High School of Business Benefits Chart. Easily answer the “what’s in it for my students/school/teachers?” question using the benefits listed on this chart.

High School of Business™ will...

  • Position students for success in the areas of business administration
  • Build relationships with local businesses and universities through each school's active local steering team
  • Provide an avenue for reaching "honors level" students who plan to major in business or marketing in college
  • Develop courses positioned for weighted (honors) status
  • Create near-college-level courses that may be articulated at each school's local college or university
  • Answer the question on students' minds ("why do I need to learn this?") by teaching academic concepts in the context of real-world business problems
  • Gain recognition for school, teachers, and community as a leader in business and marketing education for college-bound students
  • Provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between the career tech and academic areas of the school
  • Assist teachers in using standards-infused project-based learning by providing complete projects in each course guide
  • Keep faculty on the forefront of business and marketing education by delivering high-quality professional development
  • Actively support teachers and administrators in implementing the program via phone, email, and in-person professional development sessions
  • Encourage constructive peer networking through web conferences and professional development

Prepared for Success

  • 81% earn college credit
  • 8 credits (average) via local credit agreements
  • 6 credits available via national agreement

Post-Program Outcomes

  • 73% enrolled in college within six months of graduation (2010-14)
    Source: National Student Clearinghouse. (US average is 66%)

"High School of Business has helped make our program stronger and more attractive to students and parents." -Dr. Jerry Anderson, Principal, Monarch High School (CO)

Common Core, Business Education, and PBL 

"Our students read and write about non-fiction in every course. It's a natural connection with the Common Core." -Helen Redmond, High School of Business™ Teacher, LEAP Academy (NJ)

The work students do in business and marketing courses, such as High School of Business™, is likely already a good fit with Common Core initiatives in your state. Read about the ways that project-based learning naturally ties with Common Core in this blog.

Colleges recruit High School of Business™ students. Rigorous courses, college-level learning outcomes, and accountability through third-party exams are a powerful combination that lead to many benefits for students in the High School of Business™ program. And we're pleased to share another benefit of the program--college recognition. In addition to credit and scholarship options, post-secondary institutions are beginning to recruit for High School of Business™ students. Says Rudy Sumpter, a teacher at Monarch High in Louisville, Colorado: "High School of Business is working well for college admissions. University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado are actively recruiting and admitting our graduates into elite programs. Deans have come and visited my classes--this didn't happen before High School of Business. High School of Business has been a "brand" that sets us apart from neighboring schools."

A Positive Impact on the Whole School.  "Even the kids who haven't taken an HSB class are affected by the program." We know that High School of Business™ builds advanced business and 21st Century Skills of participating students. But we were pleased to hear the program has a positive educational impact on other students at participating schools. School Counselor Heidi Weber (Eastern High, Kentucky) recently shared this experience: "Senior AP Language classes are giving presentations this week. When our HSB students work together doing group projects in other classes, they work with students who did not have the opportunity to take an HSB class. Just as in a blended classroom, the students learn from each other. They learn how to think, process, present, persuade. And the soft skills that they learn in the HSB program are shared with the students they interact with. Therefore it extends the learning as the HSB students are teaching their fellow classmates through their actions the finer points of presenting their ideas."

Click here for more High School of Business™ endorsements from teachers and students.

Official High School of Business™ School Sites


Adams City High School
Brighton High School
Denver South High School
Early College High School
Fort Lupton High School
George Washington High School
Grand Junction High School
Greeley West High School
Haxtun High School
High Tech Early College
Holyoke High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Julesburg High School
Lone Star High School
Longmont High School
Merino High School
Monarch High School
Mountain Range High School
Peetz School
Platte Valley High School
Pomona High School
Rock Canyon High School
University High School


Boone High School
Saydel High School
Waverly-Shell Rock High School


Caldwell High School
Compass Academy
Kuna High School
Middleton High School
Mountain View High School
Payette River Regional Technical Academy


Bullitt East High School
Eastern High School


Affton High School
Benton High School
Camdenton High School
Central High School
Lebanon Technology & Career Center
Lafayette High School
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Ritenour High School


The Career Academy - Lincoln Public Schools
Omaha Benson High School
Plattsmouth High School


Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology - Washoe Public Schools
Green Valley High School
Legacy High School
Silverado College Preparatory and Career Technical High School
West Career & Tech Academy

New Jersey

LEAP Academy Charter School

New Mexico

Capital High School

North Dakota

Century High School
Legacy High School


Austintown Fitch High School
Bowsher High School
Colerain High School/Butler Tech
Columbus Grove High School
Edgewood High School/Butler Tech
Ellet High School
Firestone High School
Glen Este High School/Great Oaks
GlenOak High School
Harrison High School/Great Oaks
Jones Leadership Academy
Leipsic High School
Mariemont High School/Great Oaks
Milford High School/Great Oaks
Northland High School
Northwest High School/Butler Tech
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center/Graham High School
Ross High School/Butler Tech
Washington Sr. High School/Great Oaks
Winton Woods High School
Withrow University High School

West Virginia

Tug Valley High School


Beloit Memorial High School
Middleton High School
Oconomowoc High School
Pulaski High School
West Bend East and West High School

Dana Anderson and Rudy Sumpter from Monarch High School,
Colorado, discuss a project during training.

I had considered retiring this year, but teaching High School of Business™ has re-energized me. I can’t wait to get back to school and work through the projects with the students.
-- Howard Foltz, Columbus Grove High School (OH)

Teachers are the heartbeat of the High School of Business™ program.  MBA Research is committed to providing high-quality professional development to the teachers in this national program.  An extensive training schedule is a key piece of the program.

Project-based learning taught using… Project-based learning

With a heavy emphasis on projects, teamwork, research, and project management, High School of Business™ classrooms don’t look or feel like most high school classrooms.  Learning through standards-infused projects will be new for most students.  Likewise, teaching in this style is new to many teachers.  For others, the manner in which High School of Business™ uses project-based learning will be new.  This new style involves giving students the opportunity to learn through projects that they complete.  Teachers make a conscious decision to move from the front of the classroom to their new role as consultant.  Sound simple?  It isn’t for most of us.  Knowing this can be a difficult transition for any teacher, High School of Business™ professional development is conducted using a primarily project-based learning pedagogy.  Teachers are given projects to accomplish in teams of 4-5.  Online research, time management, discussion, and oral presentations are conducted. In short, the teachers' early training sessions mirror their students' classroom experience.

Teachers collaborate at High School of Business™ training.

Pedagogy Training

Over a two-day period, teachers learn about project and problem based learning as it is used in High School of Business™.  Expect a rigorous hands-on training session that sets the foundation for each teacher’s learning.

Course Content Training

Here’s where training gets specific.  Each teacher participates in 1-2 days of training for each High School of Business™ course that he/she intends to teach.  Teachers experience parts of projects, learn planning and preparation techniques, and collaborate with peers from across the U.S.  These courses are designed to be challenging and fun for students, so learning to teach them will be as well.

High School of Business™ offers two Training Institutes per year (summer and fall).  Teachers should attend training just prior to each High School of Business™ course being introduced at his/her school.  For example, schools preparing to offer High School of Business™ courses for the first time would send teachers to Pedagogy Training and Principles of Business training at the Summer Training Institute and Business Economics at the Fall Training Institute. 

Teachers plan the work before they work the plan at the High School of Business™ Summer Training.