High School Programs

Real life is not always as we expect it to be. Especially for a high school student, visions of the future can be distorted by lack of life experience. As teens come of age, it’s critical that they begin to see the reality of their money, work, and role in our economy.

JA’s high school programs are Common Core-aligned curriculum that encourage a lifetime of learning about college preparation, career success, financial responsibility and entrepreneurship. The variety of our offerings allows educators to select the content that supports their student learning objectives. Optional pre- and post-tests are available to track student learning and attitudes.

JA’s high school programs enable educators and community volunteers to bring the JA curriculum to a single class over the course of five to eight weeks.

JA High School Curriculum

JA’s high school programs teach concepts relating to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and college and career readiness. There are five in-school offerings.

  • JA Be Entrepreneurial - Understanding what it takes to start your own business. Challenge students to start an entrepreneurial venture by developing the essential components of a business plan.
  • JA Personal Finance - Applying financial wisdom. Introduce students to the importance of making wise financial choices.
  • JA Career Success - Learning critical thinking, communication, collaboration & creativity. Arm students with skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
  • JA Economics - An introduction of the forces that shape our economy. Examine the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics.
  • JA Exploring Economics - Applying economic concepts for personal success. Foster lifelong skills and knowledge about how the economy works.
  • JA Titan - Students operate virtual company whether that means running it into the ground or earning big profits

JA High School Volunteer Experience

JA high school programs are a wonderful way to foster a mentoring relationship with students over the course of several weeks. Course materials and lessons are provided in a pre-packaged kit that contains all the information and resources a volunteer needs to teach a series of 45-minute lessons.

JA staff will coordinate with the classroom teacher to schedule your visits based on your availability. In-person training is provided prior to the start of the course. While you have autonomy to lead the JA lessons in the classroom, the teacher is always present to assist.

What to Expect

  • In high school, students have become independent and can start to relate their own experiences with yours. Expect to field meaningful and sometimes challenging questions.
  • JA curriculum is “plug and play.” Simply show up, open the kit, follow the prompts, and inject your own personality and experience.

Sample Schedule

Volunteers typically report to the school once a week for five to eight weeks and lead one 45-minute lesson per visit.

Sponsor a JA High School Program

Your company can bring the JA high school curriculum to a school in your community. To sponsor a class, a grade level, or an entire school, contact Ryan Moore at 206-296-2608 or ryanm@jawashington.org.