• The Business Education Department of Columbia Public Schools seeks to offer institutional programs for and about business for all students according to their needs and interests. Instruction has a primary goal for the development of the economic literacy of our students. Recognizing that the around 30% of our students choose some form of business/computers or hospitality related career and,  where an increasing number of our graduates major in a business curriculum in college, our instruction is aimed at students who plan to pursue programs requiring post-secondary and higher education in the field of business.

    This department endeavors to accept all students into the business education department at their individual level of skill and stimulate them to achieve business skills with personal economic competence and to provide courses and experiences which will equip students with the foundational knowledge about business enterprise, personal economics, money and banking, law, etc. while at the same time, strengthening their basic reading, writing, mathematical, and interpersonal skills.


    1. To prepare students with basic business skills which will enable them to succeed in business curriculum courses in college.
    2. To graduate students who are able to interpret economic issues which effect them and to manage their economic affairs efficiently and wisely.
    3. To develop in our students an economic understanding of how the business system operates and of the importance of wise consumerism.
    4. To assist in establishing in students an awareness of personal interest and capabilities for purposes of career planning.
    5. To develop skills of critical thinking: the ability to think logically, to organize knowledge, to analyze and to correlate information, and to apply concepts to new situations.
    6. To create and expand new and updated course offerings so that our business curriculum will be flexible and sensitive to change and reflect the needs of our students.
    7. To provide an atmosphere of learning and example that will encourage each student to learn and to perform to the students’ fullest potential.

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