BUSINESS
Students in the business pathway will become financially literate. Courses in entrepreneurship, finance, and economics will allow students to better understand the world around them and provide a cohesive framework for decision-making. From IPOs to insurance to exchange rates, students will acquire essential financial knowledge. Guest speakers and mentors from a wide array of business backgrounds such as start-ups and Fortune 500 corporations will provide guidance. Case studies will provide real examples to give students practical experience. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to utilize their skills with internships and other extracurricular opportunities such as the National Economics Challenge and Wharton’s annual high school investment competition.

 

 

Intro to Global Leadership

This course gives students the foundational tools used throughout the Institute of Global Leadership. Students will learn about the model of ethical servant-leadership. Additionally, students will become aware of their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Exposure to each of the two Global Leadership pathways (business and law) will allow students to explore which areas they are most interested in. Outstanding guest speakers will provide real-world leadership examples.

Entrepreneurship

This course explores the discipline of entrepreneurship with the goal of students launching their own group startups. Students will learn business model development, design thinking, customer discovery, product-market validation, in-depth industry and market analysis, product or service innovation, brand development and go-to-market strategies, financing, and legal considerations; while also acquiring soft skills in communication, leadership and character development.

AP Economics

AP Economics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The macroeconomics portion focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe and explain economic concepts. A high performance on the AP Exam may earn students college credit.

AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography introduces students to college-level introductory human geography or cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main sub-fields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

Capstone #1

The capstone course is a student-directed self-study project where students work with teachers and mentors in relevant fields on a learning experience, aimed at a SMART (specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound) goal. Students are challenged to design and create their own learning experience by pursuing an area of interest. Teachers provide student-centered guidance and support. At the conclusion of the experience, students will present their results in our signature OCS Global Leadership Summit.

Capstone #2

The capstone course is a student-directed self-study project where students work with teachers and mentors in relevant fields on a learning experience, aimed at a SMART (specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound) goal. Students are challenged to design and create their own learning experience by pursuing an area of interest. Teachers provide student-centered guidance and support. At the conclusion of the experience, students will present their results in our signature OCS Global Leadership Summit.

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students compare the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues by examining how different governments solve similar problems. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

Personal Finance

This course will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions leading to financial independence.

Corporate Finance

This course will allow students to gain more insight about financial markets. Topics explored include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, risk/reward. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret the essential financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, retained earnings, cash flow). Additionally, students will work to manage a portion of the school’s endowment portfolio.