BUSINESS & STEM EDUCATION
The Business and STEM courses are designed to challenge students to develop the essential soft skills
necessary to be productive and valued members of the 21st Century workforce. We offer a variety of
technology and computer science classes focused on programming in a variety of languages, creative
applications like 3D animation/modeling and designing, and building games. We also offer courses in
Business where students gain exposure to many fields of business, such as Personal Finance and Marketing.
In both areas students gain skills that will help them succeed in any field they decide to pursue. The infusion
of technology goes beyond the labs and is integral in all classrooms as a tool to help students use information
which is abundantly available to create and build new knowledge. Students work through significant problem
based learning experiences where they are not simply acquiring new information, rather students work
collaboratively to solve real-world problems in real-world contexts.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
Duration: 1 semester
Credit: 0.5 credits
This introduction course teaches the fundamentals of computer programming as well as some advanced
features of the Python language. Students will develop an appreciation for how computers store and
manipulate information by building simple console-based games and programs. The curriculum teaches the
foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop
logical thinking and problem solving skills.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (AP CSP)
Grade: 10 - 12
Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: concurrent with Algebra II or higher; NO PRIOR CODING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
AP Computer Science Principles is the newest AP® course from the College Board.
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores
the impact computing and technology have on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem
solving and real-world applications, the AP Computer Science Principles course gives students the
opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use
the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value, and develop an interest in
computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE A (AP CS A)
Grade: 11 - 12
Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: Concurrent with Algebra II or higher (AP CSP recommended); It is recommended that
students have a strong foundation in mathematics and computer usage
AP Computer Science A introduces students to computer science through programming in Java. Fundamental topics in this course
include the design of solutions to problems, the use of data structures to organize large sets of data, the development and
implementation of algorithms to process data and discover new information, the analysis of potential solutions, and the
ethical and social implications of computing systems.The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving
and design using Java language.
These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large,
complex problems. Students will learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society,
including art, media, and engineering. They will also learn to apply programming tools and solve complex problems through hands-on
experiences and examples. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS 101 courses in colleges and universities.
BUSINESS PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES
Grades: 9 - 12
Duration: 1 Semester
Combining elements of personal finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and business law, Business Principles
and Practices provides a foundation in the core understandings of and skills required in today’s business
world. Students will learn how to make appropriate personal economic choices, investigate career options and
make employment decisions, how to apply for a job and fill out a hiring packet, how business and employment
laws affect them, how to write a marketing plan, and other various topics.
Topics explored in this one-semester prerequisite course may include personal financial planning, career
exploration, small business management and finance, business and employment law, marketing, and
Coursework will focus on the application of principles through analytical approaches and tools utilized in
today’s business world and will be assessed through individual and collaborative projects and performance
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS I, II, III
Grades: 10 - 12
Duration: 1 Semester
Prerequisite: Business Principles & Practices
(Students can repeat this course for advanced credit once or twice. For each level, a different course will appear on
a student’s transcript.)
Please note: This half-year course involves working in the NCHS school store. Students will need to fulfill working hours in
the school store during class time as well as sometimes outside of class time during part of a free period.
This course gives students real world, hands-on business experience. Students will use the information
learned in Business Principles to run an actual business (the NCHS school store “Ramazon”). Students will be
responsible for: creating a business plan, ordering supplies, tracking inventory, scheduling employees,
maintaining financial records, utilizing software for maintaining inventory, advertising and marketing their
business, sales and everything involved in running a business. Students will be able to take the practical
applications of what they learn in the classroom and apply it to an existing, real business. All students at
NCHS can benefit from this course, especially students who want to major in Business in college and those
who will be entering the workforce directly from high school.
Students will work in the business as “employees” during the first level of this course. Additionally, students
explore the stock market and its impact on local businesses and the economy as a whole. They also debate
current, crucial business issues and solutions.
During the second level of this course, students will be the “managers” of this school-based business, the
NCHS school store. The “managers”/students will conduct peer training. Students in the second level of this
course will learn responsibility, teamwork, business ethics, communication and customer-service skills, and
the dedication/loyalty essential to managing a successful business.
Each student will learn how to utilize software for maintaining inventory and financial records, research new
product ideas, and maintain a business relationship with local vendors. Social media and its role in increasing
business for our school store will also be addressed. Students in this second-level class will be responsible for
the weekly inventory records and the monthly income statements for the school store.
Students in the third level of this course are the “executives” in charge of running the school store. These
students are responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school store; including overseeing the
second-year/ “managers” who are training and mentoring the first-year students, ensuring that all inventory,
financial and human resource records are accurate and up to date; as well as working as liaisons with our
vendors, the school financial administrative assistant and parent volunteers. They help train the new parent
volunteers on the process and administrative duties involved in running the store, as well as provide ideas for
improving the school store. They are responsible for ensuring that the daily business forms are properly filled
out and the proper operating procedures are carried out, whenever the store is open, as well as overseeing
our weekly and monthly business records and comparing the month-to-month progress of this school-based