The Business and Information Technology is an extensive and comprehensive program that provides relevant, authentic, and real-life learning experiences. The program models excellence in support of the school’s Vision and Mission statements.
Our mission is to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education and entry into the workplace, by providing a rigorous integrated system of academic and applied learning.
The program focuses on a vigorous and continuous quality education that offers students the opportunities to master the knowledge, applications, and attitudes to succeed in school, in life and in the workplace.
The program adds new dimensions to life-long learning. Curriculum is enriched with technology integration and hands-on experiences that involve higher-level thinking skills. Instructions in current and emerging information technology applications promote problem solving skills and efficient task management. Project-oriented applications enhance student creatively and develop personal responsibility. Authentic simulations develop teamwork, decision-making, and communication skills.
To participate in today's society as prepared citizens, informed consumers and effective workers, Business Education becomes increasingly important for all students.
Students enrolled in the Business and Information Technology program learn up-to-date business skills and techniques needed for employment, college pursuits in the field of business, or preparation for later employment. Students also develop career awareness through exploration and build an understanding of business principles needed to become productive workers, informed consumers, and business leaders.
- Business Law
- Study the legal rights and responsibilities of adults and minors in civil and criminal actions. Learn laws as applied to ethics, contracts, sales, court systems, employment, and personal business transactions. The concepts and skills will be useful in future business and personal situations. Topics and Activities include: Law Foundations, Court Systems, Criminal/Civil Procedures, Torts/Contracts, Fairfax County Courthouse Field Trip, Guest Speakers (Police, Lawyers, Paralegal)
- Business Management
- Basic principles of organization, management and entrepreneurship are covered with concentration in specific managerial areas such as business goals and objectives, economics, finance, marketing, human resources, and global competitiveness. Students will demonstrate knowledge of entrepreneurship by establishing a business through the development of a business plan and application of a business reality software program - Virtual Knowledge
- Desktop Multimedia Presentation
- Develop comprehensive skills in multimedia presentations, visual communication, and desktop publishing. Software includes PageMaker, PhotoShop, Image Composer, GIF Animator, and PowerPoint. Create interactive presentations that sing and dance with your own creativity and animation! Experiment with downloaded animation, movies, graphics, and sounds to make your presentations come to life!
- The accounting program is enriched with computer technology experiences, group projects, problem-solving activities, authentic assessments, job simulations, interdisciplinary projects, and Internet access and research. Learn basic accounting principles, concepts, and practices. Analysis and interpretation of information is mastered through a variety of source documents, simulations, and computer activities. Topics include forms of ownership, the accounting cycle, payroll, and banking activities. Mastery of topics is achieved through simulations, case studies, and teams projects.
- Web Page Development
- Designing a web site incorporating pictures, sounds, and animation using FLASH, and DREAMWEAVER software. Develop and design sophisticated web pages in HTML, DHTML, scripting, popular editors, advanced design techniques, and website management. Maintain and update OHS web site.
- Business Internship
- COOPERATIVE OFFICE EDUCATION --COE combines an advanced business course with work experience in a business-related field that reflects the student's current career interests. This course taken in conjunction with another business course could result in three units of credit.
- Information Systems
- Create a variety of word processing documents; master basic spreadsheet functions and charting; use databases to create, sort, query, and design reports. Instruction will include operating systems and use of the Internet.