High School Business Curriculum & Program
Core business operations and functions
Whether your child is looking at a career in accounting, sharpening design skills for marketing, or embarking on their own journey as an entrepreneur—Stride Career Prep has a path to suit them. Students learn the core foundations of business operations and functions while building a variety of leadership and management skills in this pathway as they go.
Career pathways include:
Administrative Support Pathway
All organizations, not just businesses, require administrative support, making this a versatile career. In this pathway, students gain the knowledge of how to efficiently manage tasks and communications so organizations can thrive.
Explore career opportunities through administrative skills
Develop the computer skills needed for administrative tasks
Learn basic accounting to support businesses
Business Finance Pathway
Your child could help business reach new heights with a career in business finance. This pathway guides students through the fundamentals of finance, accounting, and useful computer programs. They discover what it means to manage finances for businesses and how to play an important part in their financial success. This pathway is a great way to get a head start on becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) or start a career in basic accounting.
Explore financial best practices for successful businesses
Learn accounting skills and see how they relate to running a business
Develop the computer skills needed to complete finance projects
Does your child dream of owning a successful business? In this pathway, students learn the process of starting a business—from drawing up financial plans to marketing their product.
Explore what makes a business successful
Learn how to promote a business and attract investors
Discover what it takes to launch and grow a business
General Management Pathway
Students in this pathway discover how to manage a team and how to help a business become more profitable and efficient. Courses include project-based learning to give a hands-on experience in developing skills for the 21st century—leadership, communication, teamwork, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
Discover how teamwork contributes to the success of businesses
Develop leadership skills to build and manage productive teams
Learn the computer skills necessary to complete business goals
Hospitality: Food & Beverage Pathway
If food and travel are your child’s passion, they’ll learn how to turn it into a career with this pathway. Students explore the business side of hotels, restaurants, and food service. They gain the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in the hospitality industry.
Explore food culture, history, and trends
Build their knowledge of the responsibilities of running a restaurant
Learn relevant computer skills needed to thrive in hospitality
From social media to billboards, marketing is all around us. Students learn how to apply and grow their creativity in this pathway. Courses dive into the art and science of advertising and brand building for businesses.
Explore the inner workings of successful ad campaigns
Expand their knowledge with introductory marketing courses
Learn relevant computer skills needed for marketing communications
What could my future look like in this career field?*
*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.
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Connect with Industry Professionals
Students virtually connect with industry professionals and see how lessons in the classroom apply to the real world.
Gain Real-World Experience
See how project-based learning helps students tackle real business challenges.
Learn more about course offerings in the other Stride Career Prep career fields.
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*Stride Career Prep is a program for students in grades 9–12. At some schools, career exploration is offered in middle school. Opportunities vary by school. Please visit your school page or check with your school counselor to find out what's available in your area.