Business Courses

Students earning a standard or advanced diploma complete economics and personal finance

Business Course for Graduation

Economics and Personal Finance

Prerequisite: None

Students learn how to make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles help provide the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. In addition to developing personal finance skills, students in the 36-week course study basic occupational skills and concepts in preparation for entry-level employment in the field of finance. The course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B. Students must successfully complete the online curriculum in order to satisfy a graduation requirement.

Business and Marketing Courses

Principles Of Business And Marketing

Prerequisite: None

Students discover the roles of business and marketing in the free enterprise system and the global economy. Basic financial concepts of banking, insurance, credit, inheritance, taxation, and investments are investigated to provide a strong background as students prepare to make sound decisions as consumers, wage earners, and citizens. The real-world impact of technology, effective communication, and interpersonal skills are evident throughout the course. This course also supports career development skills and explores career options.

Digital Applications

Prerequisite: None

Students develop intermediate to advanced level word processing skills using a variety of software functions, including graphics, desktop publishing, and telecommunications. Students gain competence integrating other applications such as database and spreadsheet into word processing activities. Classroom experiences also provide for skill development in communication.

Computer Information System

Prerequisite: None

Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia presentations, and integrated software activities. Students work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, networks, telecommunications, and emerging technologies.

Adv. Computer Information Systems

Prerequisite: Computer Information Systems

Students apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through advanced integrated software applications, including multimedia presentations, printed, electronic, and Web publications. Students work individually and in groups to explore advanced computer maintenance activities, Web site development, programming, networking, emerging technology, and employability skills.

Information Technology Fundamentals

Prerequisite: None

Information Technology Fundamentals introduces the essential technical and professional skills required for students to pursue programs leading to professional careers and information technology certifications. The course introduces skills related to digital technology, digital applications, maintenance/upgrading/troubleshooting, and networking fundamentals. Students also explore ethical issues related to computers and Internet technology and examine web page and game design.

Target students would be 9-12 who are interested in Cybersecurity.



Prerequisite: None

Students study the basic principles, concepts, and practices of the accounting cycle for a service business and a merchandising business. Topics covered include analyzing transactions, journalizing and posting entries, preparing payroll records and financial statements, and managing cash systems. Ethics and professional conduct are emphasized. Students learn fundamental accounting procedures using both manual and electronic systems.

Programming and Design Courses


Prerequisite: None

Students explore computer concepts, apply logic procedures, and implement programming procedures with one or more languages, such as Visual Basic.Net, Java, C#, and C++. Graphical User Interfaces, such as Alice, Game Maker, and Flash, may be used as students design and develop interactive multimedia applications. In addition, HTML or JavaScript may be employed to create Web pages


Adv. Progamming

Prerequisite: Programming

Building on a foundation of programming skills, students will use object-oriented programming to develop applications for Windows, database, multimedia, games, mobile, and/or Web environments. Students will have the opportunity to explore and create applications related to the information technology and game design industries.

Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies

Prerequisite: None

Students develop proficiency in creating desktop publications, multimedia presentations/projects, and Web sites using industry standard application software. Students incorporate principles of layout and design in completing publications and projects. Students design portfolios that may include business cards, newsletters, mini-pages, Web pages, multimedia presentation/ projects, calendars, and graphics.

Marketing, Law, and Entrepreneurship Courses

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Prerequisite: None

This introductory course helps students develop a thorough understanding of fundamental marketing concepts and theories as they relate to the sports, entertainment, and recreation industries. Students will investigate the components of branding, sponsorships, and endorsements, as well as promotion plans needed for sports, entertainment and recreation events. The course also supports career development skills and explores career options.

Adv. Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Prerequisite: Sports Marketing

Students will build on prior knowledge of sports, entertainment, and recreation marketing. This course focuses on the principles of management and planning supported by research, financial, and legal concepts. Students will be able to plan and execute an event; develop a career plan, and establish a sports, entertainment, and recreation product/business. Academic skills (mathematics, science, English, and history/social science) related to the content are a part of this course. Computer/ technology applications supporting this course are studied.

Fashion Marketing

Prerequisite: None

In this specialized course, students gain basic knowledge of the apparel and accessories industry and skills necessary for successful employment in apparel businesses. Students will develop general marketing skills necessary for successful employment in fashion marketing, general marketing skills applicable to the apparel and accessories industry, and specialized skills unique to fashion marketing. Personal selling, sales promotion, purchasing, physical distribution, marketing planning, and product/service technology are part of this course.

Business Law

Prerequisite: None

Students examine the foundations of the American legal system. Students explore economic and social concepts as they relate to legal principles and to business and personal laws.


Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to the exciting world of creating, owning, and launching their own business. Students learn concepts and techniques for planning an innovative business and living the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Entrepreneurship Dual Enrollment

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to the exciting world of creating, owning, and launching their own business. Students learn concepts and techniques for planning an innovative business and living the entrepreneurial lifestyle. The course is in partnership with NOVA.