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

    Introduction to Business is a great starter course for any student that is interested in any aspect of business. Students going into nearly any career choice can learn valuable information about the way companies are run. Students will be introduced to marketing, leadership, team-building, economic concepts, product development, social responsibility, and career research. Students will participate in a variety of different projects and real-world simulations to make the class as realistic as possible.

    (622) ACCOUNTING 1

    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 Accounting Textbook, workbook pages, projects, and computer software in order to learn about Accounting.


    (621) ACCOUNTING 2

    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.


    (22210PFS) MONEY MATTERS (Personal Finance)

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

    Know your rights. Debate. Think about deep questions as to what is right, what is wrong and what is legal. All legal issues arise out of life experiences. These issues affect consumers, employees, business owners, and ordinary citizens. This course introduces students 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. This course 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.

    Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business. Entrepreneurship is for creative people that aren’t afraid to take a few risks as long as the chance of a payoff is big. Many times this payoff is in the business world, but the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive in all areas of life. In this class, students will learn about different types of businesses, how to get them started, where to go for funding, how to reach customers and how to make advertisements and promotions. Students will get to create a service business and a product business from scratch, think it through by naming it, designing a logo, creating a business plan and learning all the steps necessary to launch the business. 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 2018-2019 School Year)

    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.


    1.0 credit

    This course focuses on the student production of the yearbook. Students will be required to take photos of school events and activities, write captions for photos, and interview school personnel and students for short messages on pages. Students will learn camera, interview, graphic design, as well as photo editing skills. Students will use basic or advanced features of Photoshop to adjust or crop photos. It is recommended that students enroll in Advanced Desktop Publishing for multiple years. Managing a yearbook project requires many skills, teamwork and fair amount of time outside the classroom. Our goal is to make it fun and rewarding for everyone involved.  If you want your yearbook to be the best ever, then enroll. We need creative students just like you!


    (651) COMPUTER APPLICATIONS:  (Word Processing, Presentation, Spreadsheets & 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 different software packages that are included in Microsoft Office. We will be spending most of the semester learning Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet software) and the remainder of the semester learning Microsoft Access (database management software) as well as other web software.

    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 Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and different web 2.0 tools that can help students in everyday life that are exciting and free to use online.



    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.



    1.0 credit

    Suggested Prerequisite: Successfully passed 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. Overall, each student should show mastery of advanced skills in both Word and Excel before taking the exam. Microsoft PowerPoint and Access will also be covered at a basic and intermediate level, so that students can use those platforms in their future. PowerPoint is a presentation software that is widely used for lectures and presentations in the classroom and in the corporate world. Many people use PowerPoint and other presentation software to aide their presentations. Access is a database software that tracks information for businesses or individuals. We use many databases in everyday life, and are part of many as well.

    You can also take this class for college credit through Seton Hill. Please contact a business teacher for more information.