Students who elect to study business may do so for a variety of reasons.  They may be interested in business education because they want to learn about investments, further develop keyboarding and computer skills, or understand how economic principles apply to life.  They may study business, accounting, word processing, or computer applications, because they intend to go to work immediately after graduating from high school. Some study business to learn the basics of entrepreneurship so they can start their own business.


Still others may have decided that pursuing a college degree in business is their goal so they study business, including courses such as accounting, business and personal law or retailing and marketing at the high school level, in order to prepare for higher education. Whatever the goals of students might be in the field of business, they can identify with the performance expectations and workplace readiness skills acquired in business education courses.

**Offerings subject to change due to current curriculum writing process.


1.0 credit

 This course is a preliminary course for all students.  Because of its focus on all aspects of business, it is useful for any student, regardless of future career plans.  This course provides a wide-range of content of both domestic commerce and international commerce.  Students will be introduced to marketing, leadership, team-building, economic concepts, product development, social responsibility, and career research.  Multiple projects will be used to expose students to an array of business ideas.


1.0 credit

This course provides a competency-based approach in which the fundamental accounting cycle is taught.  Accounting 1 concentrates on the recording of business transactions for small service-type businesses and merchandising businesses.  Workbook problems and a business simulation project are used for a practical approach to learning.  Included are journals, ledgers, cash payments, sales, accounts receivable and payable, business reports, payroll records, and taxes.

Accounting 1 is NOT just for business students.  This is a must-have course for academic students who plan to further their education in a variety of professional areas in the business field.  For non-academic students this course offers practical, everyday understanding of personal record keeping.  This class will also teach you how to communicate well, pay attention to details, improve problem solving abilities, listen well, and interpret data.  We will be using the South-Western County 21 Accounting Textbook, workbook pages, projects, and computer software in order to learn about Accounting.



1.0 credit

Suggested Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Accounting 1.

This second year course also provides a competency based approach that builds upon the equation and system approaches which were learned in Accounting 1.  Keeping records for departments, partnerships, and computerized accounting are some of the areas pre­sented.  Class time is spent on workbook problems, busi­ness simulations, and computer simulations.


0.5 credit

This is a great course for life!  Topics include personal and career financial planning, money management, consumer purchasing and credit, savings and investing, retirement planning and personal income tax preparation.  Students will learn how to create budgets, maintain a checking account, reconcile their bank statements, analyze credit card offers, keep themselves out of debt, and compute their own income taxes by hand and by using tax software.  Be smart about your own money; learn how to handle your personal finances!

In this class we focus on the many aspects of finance.  We look at what it takes to budget your money and make smart and savvy investment decisions for now and the future.  We also look at basic tax filing and the importance of keeping a positive credit report and what rights we have as consumers in today’s market.  Lastly, we focus on the housing and insurance markets and what it takes to find the right plan to fit your financial situation.


1.0 credit

Suggested Prerequsite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

Legal issues arise out of life experiences.  These issues affect consumers, employees, business owners, and ordinary citizens.  This course introduces you to legal terminology, rights, responsibilities, and remedies.  Specific areas covered include sources of law, criminal law, trial procedures, contracts, marriage and divorce, home-buying, warranties, and ethics.  Issues facing minors are discussed.  This course is practical for anyone in dealing with personal legal matters.  It also provides a solid foundation for those who are interested in careers in law, law enforcement, business, or political science.  A mock trial simulation may be utilized.


1.0 credit

Suggested Prerequisite:  10th, 11th or 12th grade status.

Many people would like to own or manage a business.  This course gives students an understanding of what businesses are, how they operate, and how they are managed.  Students acquire knowledge of what is necessary to manage a successful business and discover the importance of business in our global economy.  An awareness of career opportunities is attained.  Business and marketing plans are devised; advertising is developed.  It is possible that students in this class will receive hands-on experience in running a business through the operation of a school-based student store.


(617) RETAIL/MARKETING (Offered 2016-2017)

0.5 credit

Retail businesses are found in every community.  The field of marketing includes some of the highest paying occupations in business.  This course is designed to introduce students to the nature and scope of retail merchandising to help them acquire the skill and knowledge essential to perform a variety of retail activities, and to understand what is required in retail management or retail business ownership.  Marketing includes a full range of tools, ranging from product and service planning to marketing-information management to financing and distribution.

Whether you are planning to own your own business or simply working for someone else, marketing knowledge and skills helps you reach your goals. 

(643) WORD PROCESSING (mainly handled in elementary and middle school levels - not at HS any longer)

0.5 credit

Microsoft Word is the most frequently used Microsoft product.  Students will be required to apply decision-making skills to document formatting and will complete a variety of word processing functions including formatting paragraphs, margins and tabs; moving, copying and replacing text; printing and page formatting; and creating, editing, and converting tables and columns through comprehensive projects.  Students will also work with advanced Microsoft Word topics such as mail merge, graphics, templates and wizards, macros, and forms.  This is a self-paced course so students can work at their own pace as long as they meet quarterly benchmarks of progress.  Students should be proficient in typing upon entering this course.

(120062) ADVANCED WORD PROCESSING (Not Currently Offered)

0.5 credit

Suggested Prerequisite:  Word Processing

This course expands students’ knowledge of what Microsoft Word can do for them, for their career, and for their company.  It is designed to show students how to use their word processing skills to complete amazing workplace projects and explore professional development topics related to document processing and business.  In addition, students will learn more advanced topics in Word and have the opportunity to earn community service hours using their skills! 

(651) COMPUTER APPLICATIONS:  (Spreadsheeting & Database Management)

0.5 credit

Suggested Prerequisite:  Accounting 1 & 2 students.

This course combines two popular computer applications that are available for home or office – spreadsheets and database management.  Spreadsheets are the second largest selling business software.  Database management helps track information for businesses and individuals.  Each part of this course helps students with other courses throughout high school.

This course is intended to teach our students the basics of two different software packages that are included in Microsoft Office.  We will be spending most of the semester learning Microsoft Excel (spread sheet software) and the remainder of the semester learning Microsoft Access (database management software) as well as other web software.  Spreadsheet software is the second largest selling category of business software, surpassed only by word processing. 

In the spreadsheeting part of the course we use Microsoft Excel.  Spreadsheeting enables students to design, create, calculate, edit, save, retrieve, modify, analyze, and print graphs, charts, and reports.  The database component of the course is taught using Microsoft Access.  Students will approach the course as if they were the database developer.  This approach to learning about database management will allow students to better understand someone else’s database design, as well as to better design their own database.  We will also touch on different web 2.0 tools that can help students in everyday life that are exciting and free to use online.

(12163) SPORTS MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT (Offered 2017-2018)

0.5 credit

The sports industry is one of the highest grossing industries in our world.  Because of this, it is important to understand what goes into the business side of the industry.  In this course, students will learn what it takes to not only appropriately market a sports team, but also the management side of hiring staff and running the team.  With this course, students will have an opportunity to study the behind-the-scenes actions of their favorite teams while establishing an understanding of how teams function.  Students may also get an opportunity to develop their own team and appropriately market it for today’s business world. 



0.5 credit

 Suggested Prerequisite: Successfully passed Word Processing and/or Computer Applications

The Microsoft Office Specialist course is set up to allow students to further their knowledge in the workings of Excel and Word.  This course provides an opportunity for students to not only master the skills necessary to work these programs, but to become certified in those specific areas.  Students will be expected to take the MOS certification test at the end of the class.  If they pass, students will not only graduate with a diploma from Bellefonte, but also specific certifications that will allow them to be more marketable at both the collegiate and professional levels.