Students engage in real-world experiences in high-demand professional environments, including the Shark Tank competition and professional site visits.
They spend both semesters acting as consultants on partner-driven projects, researching and solving business problems. Students learn fundamental concepts of economics, research best practices, persuasive techniques, public speaking and effective communication. Students explore business principles and functions with an emphasis on technical innovation, operations management, marketing, human resource management and finance. This program is offered to juniors and seniors.
Year-long, three-credit course earns:
- AP Seminar (one 11th or 12th grade English credit)
- IB Business Management SL or HL (one elective credit)
- AP Microeconomics (one Social Studies credit)
Guest instructors provide expertise on topics aligned to the VANTAGE curriculum. Teachers use a content-first approach to learning, enabling you to master academic core content, and then see how it is implemented by business partners to provide solutions to real-world challenges.
Mentorship and Networking
All VANTAGE students have a 1:1 mentor, but the networking extends beyond one professional. Mentors often open doors and guest instructors freely share their contact information, some provide employment and extended site visits.