Half Hollow Hills Business Academy

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Half Hollow Hills Business Academy is a new District sponsored diploma program consisting of academic, leadership and project-based components connected to the Business curriculum. The Academy will assist students in the development of 21st century skills: interactive communication, collaboration, global awareness, financial literacy, digital literacy, problem-solving, and critical thinking; and insure its graduates are prepared to begin an advanced degree in a competitive college environment. Students who choose to participate in the Business Academy will receive a strong foundation in business concepts, the skills necessary to be on the cutting edge of the business workforce. Successful completion of this program with either designation will entitle students to have this honor noted on their transcript.

Upon completion of the corresponding program requirements students will receive an Associate or Executive designation.

Program overview

Associate Designation:

  • 3 Business credits
  • Overall average: 85%
  • Active membership for a minimum of one full year in one business club - DECA, FBLA, Business Honor Society (must be present for at least 7 out of 10 meetings)

Executive Designation:

  • 4 Business credits
  • Overall average: 90%
  • Active membership for a minimum of one full year in two business clubs – DECA, FBLA, Business Honor Society (must be present for at least 7 out 10 meetings)
  • Participation in the "King of the Hills" competition.

Did you know?

  • Average salaries for students graduating college with a business degree remain strong despite the current economic situation.
  • Class of 2014 college graduates at the bachelor’s degree level commanded an average (mean) starting salary of $48,127, up 5.8 percent from the average starting salaries for the Class of 2013, according to an April 2015 report from the nonprofit National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which analyzed data through the end of 20s14.
  • Business was one of the top major as published in The Princeton Review.
  • Accounting is an important class to take in high school! Many students not only don’t know what accounting is, they also don’t know what accountants do or where they work. Students don’t realize that accountants work everywhere, at the local accounting firm, at law firms, at the FBI and as accountants within the sports and entertainment industry. In addition ALL students majoring in a college business program MUST take Accounting 1 and Accounting 2. We are doing our high school students a disservice by not making them aware of this requirement!
  • Business Law is another important class to take in high school if a student is planning on majoring in Business in college. As with Accounting, all college business majors MUST take a Business Law class.
Taking business classes in high school provides students the opportunity to explore topics and subjects that most of them do not normally come into contact with and gives the student an edge when they then take business classes in college.