At WHS, the business career pathway enables students to acquire skills for starting and running your own business, including finance, accounting, marketing and management. WHS students can earn college credit by enrolling in College Accounting and College Business. This pathway gives our students the necessary skills to succeed as a business major at the post-secondary level. In addition, while still at WHS students can participate in DECA, a business club that allows them to compete against students across the country and internationally.

Careers: Accounting, Finance, Tax Manager, Auditor, Management, Marketing, Sales, Entrepreneurship

Competitions and Activities: Harper Accounting Challenge, Entrepreneurship Day, DECA -- Make a Wish Foundation 

For more information about the industry, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website

Career Pathway Plan of Study

9th Grade

  • English/Language Arts: Written and Oral Communication
  • Math: Algebra
  • Science: Biology
  • Social Studies: Human Geography
  • Other required courses and recommended electives: Personal Finance, Information Processing, Foreign Language/ Fine Arts, PE
  • Career and Tech Ed courses: 05601/2-Intro Business

10th Grade Courses

  • English/Language Arts: World Literature and Composition
  • Math: Geometry
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Social Studies: World History
  • Other required courses and recommended electives: Electives as appropriate for career goals, Health/PE, Foreign Language/Fine Arts
  • Career and Tech Ed courses: 05601/2 Intro to Business; 056801/2-Entrepreneurship I; Computer Programming; 05720-Sports and Entertainment Marketing

11th Grade Courses: 

  • English/Language Arts: American Literature and Composition
  • Math: Advanced Algebra
  • Science: Physics
  • Social Studies: U.S. History
  • Other required courses and recommended electives: PE, foreign language
  • Career and Tech Ed courses: 05720-Sports and Entertainment Marketing; 05750-Entrepreneurship I or II; 05641/2 College Business; Computer Programming; AP Computer Programming; 05551/2-College Accounting

12th Grade Courses

  • English/Language Arts: AP English or Creative Writing
  • Math: AP Statistics or Functions/Trigonometry
  • Science: AP Environmental Science; Ecology
  • Other required courses and recommended electives: PE, foreign language
  • Career and Tech Ed courses: 05551/2-College Accounting; AP Computer Programming; 05750-Entrepreneurship II; 05641/2 College Business