Business

  • All Business courses will count for Practical Art credit. Students need 1.0 Practical Art credit to graduate.

    The following courses are offered each year:
    Marketing 1 and 2
    Personal Finance
    Personal Finance ONLINE
    Business Law
    Entrepreneurship
    Game Design 1 and 2
    Digital Art
    Graphic Design
    AP Computer Science with Java
    Computer Programming with Python
    Computer Networking
    Web Design
    Business Internship
    Thrive

    Courses offered on even years:
    A+Certification
    Accounting
    Android Development

    Courses offered on odd years:
    Automated Accounting
    Graphic Design 2
    Computer Applications ONLINE
    Advanced Web Design

    BUSINESS AND MARKETING COURSES

    2425 ACCOUNTING WITH PERSONAL FINANCE
    2430 ACCOUNTING WITH PERSONAL FINANCE ACC
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Accounting with personal finance introduces students to the core components of accounting. This course prepares students interested in majoring in a college business program, future entrepreneurs, or students seeking a better understanding of finances. Students will explore and/or master:
    • Ethical decision making and GAAP
    • Accounting cycle for sole proprietorships and corporations
    • Evaluation of a company’s financial statements
    • Careers in accounting and other areas
    • Money management for consumers and businesses
    • Saving and investing for consumers
    • Spending and credit for consumers
    Please note: This is a fast-paced course that covers accounting rules and procedures and personal finance curriculum in a semester. This course is open to grades 10-12, but in order for students to receive the Personal Finance credit, students must be sophomores or juniors, pass the class and receive a 60% or higher on the Personal Finance Exam. Note: Students may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    2420 AUTOMATED ACCOUNTING
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Accounting
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Have you ever wished you were “IN CHARGE” of a business? Automated Accounting starts with a review of accounting principles by putting you in charge of an accounting simulation, which means you do everything from starting the business to completing the business’ financial statements. Once you know the “HOWs” and “WHYs” of accounting, Automated Accounting lets the computers do the work! This course uses the Windows environment to apply accounting principles and is strongly recommended for future business and accounting majors. Note: An application for an Honors Grade may be requested for this course. Course articulated with St. Louis Community College.

    2530 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Enrolled in previous Business Department class & instructor’s approval
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This semester long internship class is intended to provide a way for students to apply their formal education from previous business, computer and/or marketing classes to a real life experience. This class will be student driven--meaning students will have a choice in the project based learning that will take place, in conjunction with the class instructor and the community sponsor. Students will work with a company or organization to design, develop, implement, assess, and reflect as they work on real world projects, issues and/or concerns. Examples of internships could include being a graphic designer, web page developer, computer networker, marketing specialist, data-entry clerk, or accounting apprentice. To be successful in this class, students must be self-motivated, responsible, and able to demonstrate initiative. Students must be actively involved in all phases of the internship process; willing to reflect deeply on their learning; willing to learn and use critical thinking and real world problem solving skills to analyze experiences, and use the new ideas gained to take their knowledge and skill-set to the next step. This is not a “sit and get” class. The more effort students put into this class, the more they will learn on many different levels; and the better their teacher and community sponsor evaluations will be. This class may be taken more than once as class content or experience will differ each semester and may be taken outside the normal school hours. Instructor’s approval required and students must provide their own transportation if internship placement is not local.

    2300 BUSINESS LAW
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Business Law focuses on both the substance and the process of our legal system and reflects on many social and ethical issues. Students will relate the law to their current life and see how laws may affect their future. The course covers the following areas: knowing about the law, the legalities in starting a business, and the impact law may have while planning for the future. Students will participate in a mock trial, review current trials online, watch relevant episodes of Court TV, Judge Judy, Legal Defense and other related law movies. The school resource officer will present and answer questions on due process and our ‘rights’ as civilians. A visit to St. Louis County and United States Federal court will take place, if time permits.

    2015 ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Entrepreneurship is a semester-long business course designed to provide students the skills needed to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage their own business. This course is based upon the educational framework which includes topics such as introduction to business, management, economics, marketing, and finance. Additional topics to be addressed are assessment of personal skills, the components of the free enterprise system and its place in our global economy, human relations and interpersonal skills, the importance of business ethics, and the role quality and service play in business. Students will design, produce and sell a product by the end of the semester.

    2506 MARKETING 1 WITH PERSONAL FINANCE
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This is a two-semester course with an emphasis on marketing principles and financial responsibility. Topics covered include: marketing functions, promotion, selling, consumer markets, physical distribution, career planning, communications, savings and investing, money management, spending and credit, and income. Class time is devoted to a mixture of creative projects, professional presentations, guest speakers, and field trips for DECA members. In order for students to fulfill the Personal Finance graduation requirement for this course, students must be juniors, pass the coursework portion and receive a 60% or higher on the State Personal Finance Exam.

    2516 MARKETING 2 ACC
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Marketing I
    Open to Grade: 12
    The advanced marketing course focuses on marketing practices and principles, building upon students’ prior knowledge of the world of marketing and providing a professional atmosphere for students to showcase advanced talents. Coursework includes package design, product development, sports and entertainment marketing, human relations, management, entrepreneurship, and careers. During the second semester, these students will produce a philanthropic event to raise money for a charity and provide a practical application of all their marketing coursework. Note: Students may receive dual credit from Missouri State. This course counts as a weighted grade.

    2017 WG THRIVE INCUBATOR
    Credit: TBD
    Open to Grades: 11-12 with application process
    WG Thrive Incubator provides high school students with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world. To accomplish this task, the Webster Groves School District will actively engage and work collaboratively with business partners, community service and educational leaders to design and develop mutually beneficial learning experiences based on the interests of students and stakeholders. Thrive is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of the future, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.
    Why the WG Thrive Incubator? Industry states 51% of college graduates are lacking the skills essential for success in the professional workplace. Thrive Incubator provides a safe, challenging and innovative environment that exposes students to real entrepreneurial opportunities with the support of industry and community leaders designed to:
    ● Discover passions in an authentic experiential learning environment
    ● Develop critical thinking, leadership, communication, curiosity, grit, perseverance, creativity and
    time management skills
    ● Fostering a growth mindset
    ● Build confidence and emotional intelligence
    *Students can elect to fulfill their Personal Finance requirement in this course. In order to accomplish this, students pass the coursework portion and receive a 60% or higher on the State Personal Finance Exam.

    2010 PERSONAL FINANCE
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement.
    While focusing on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, students in this course will explore various financial responsibilities. This course will provide exposure in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. It will also provide opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in an ever changing society. Students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, and explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money.

    2013 PERSONAL FINANCE ACC
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 3.0
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement.
    While focusing on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, students in this course will explore various financial responsibilities. This course will provide exposure in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. It will also provide opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in an ever-changing society. Students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, and explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. Additional requirements for the course include: taking the Missouri State final. Note: Students may receive dual credit from Missouri State. This course counts as a weighted grade.

    2008 PERSONAL FINANCE ONLINE
    2009 PERSONAL FINANCE ONLINE ACC
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement.
    While focusing on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, students in this course will explore various financial responsibilities. This course will provide exposure in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. It will also provide opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in an ever-changing society. Students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, and explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. Please note: This course is online but attendance in class on the first day of the semester is required. Students must have email and access to the internet. This course is intended for self-motivated, independent learners who can follow directions, problem-solve and complete assignments by the due date. Note: Students may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    COMPUTER COURSES
    2525 A+ CERTIFICATION COURSE
    Credit: 1 unit
    Recommendation: Students who earned a “B” in Introduction to Computers have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This year-long course and additional outside studying prepares the student for completion of the COMPTIA A+ certification exam. It is the foundation course for all computer technicians. The student will gain knowledge and experience that will allow them to install, upgrade, and repair personal computers and peripherals (printers, scanners, and modems) through a series of hands-on lab experiments. Note: Strong knowledge of computer architecture & operations needed. Students in grades 10-12 may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    H2901 ANDROID APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAMMING 1
    Credit: ½ unit
    Recommendation: Students who earned a C or better in Algebra I have experienced an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to grades: 9-12
    This course introduces students with little or no programming experience to the fundamental features and essentials necessary to create functional Android mobile applications! Students will be introduced to the multiple stages a programmer works through to take a mobile application concept and produce a usable application that can be bought and sold in the Google App Store. Through classroom instruction and laboratory experience students will develop skills and knowledge in programming including using mathematical operators; order of operations and error handling, data types and variables; using “if” statements, loops, and arrays; creating menus; and drawing lines and shapes and learning to use the Android Development Kit to create real Android applications! With the beginning programmer in mind, this course will introduce students into the world of mobile application development! Prior programming background or completion of Computer Programming with Java course is strongly recommended for this course.

    20201 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ONLINE
    20202 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ONLINE ACC
    Credit: 1/2 unit of Practical Art or Elective Credit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Computer Applications is a course aimed to help students learn how to efficiently use the computer and get “hands on” computer experience with Microsoft Office 2016. Student will have an opportunity to learn word processing concepts, spreadsheet analysis, and presentation usage, which they will find useful now and later in life. Please note: This course is online but attendance in class on the first day of the semester is required. Students must have email and internet access at home for communication purposes and submittal of assignments. Microsoft Office 2016 software will be used for this course. This online course is intended for self-motivated, independent learners who can follow directions, problem-solve and complete assignments by the due dates. Note: Students in grades 10-12 may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    2081 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH JAVA
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Students who earned a “C” or better in Algebra have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Reach higher, learn differently, find your passion, imagine and succeed, and challenge yourself with this year-long course in advanced Java programming. This course advances a student’s previous object-oriented programming experience to the more structured world of computer science and programming using the Java programming language. This Advanced Placement course emphasizes programming methodology, procedural abstractions, as well as a detailed examination of a large case study program. Students will use in-class lessons to create Java-based computer programs in preparation for taking the AP A Exam. Students will take the Computer Science A Exam® at the conclusion of the course. A successful grade on the AP is a widely recognized sign of college-level achievement. This course provides a one semester opportunity to earn from 3-6 hours of college credit from universities accepting AP credit. Note: Students in grades 9-12 may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    2079 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WITH PYTHON
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Students who earned a “C” or better in Algebra have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course introduces students with little or no programming experience to the fundamental features and essentials of computer science and object-oriented programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will be introduced to the multiple stages a programmer works through to take a programming concept and produce a usable Python application. Through engaging activities and graphical programming exercises students will develop skills and knowledge in programming including using mathematical operators; order of operations and error handling, data types and variables; using “if” statements, loops, and arrays; creating menus; and drawing lines and shapes. With the beginning programmer in mind, this course will introduce you to a new career, maybe your own! Note: Students in grades 9-12 may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    2077 GAME DESIGN 2 AND C# PROGRAMMING
    Credit: 1 unit
    Recommendation: Game Design 1 with a C or better
    Open to grades: 10-12
    This course advances students’ game development skills to the fundamental features and essential skills necessary to create exciting 3D games! Students will be advance their C# language programming skills; examine 3D modeling using AutoDesk Maya 2016 and learn to develop 3D game characters and game terrain; learn how to gather user input; and learn to build 3D games using the Unity game engine. Through classroom instruction and laboratory experience students will continue to develop skills and knowledge in programming including using mathematical operators and control statements; creating custom classes with reusable methods; implementing polymorphism and using arrays to hold game data; drawing unique game characters to match a student-generated storyline, and using Visual Studio and C# to collect data and output sound. This course is designed for those students looking to advance their game development skills from our 2D Game Design course and take their skills to a whole new dimension!

    2344 GRAPHIC DESIGN
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    CREATIVITY, CREATIVITY, CREATIVITY Create a calendar with your own personal pictures, design and illustrate your own magazine and children’s storybook, develop personal business cards and cartoon scripts. With your creativity and the computer, you will produce masterpieces! These assignments will be done in Microsoft Publisher 2016 and Adobe InDesign CS5. Scanners and digital cameras will be used to make projects more personal. Designing, planning, and producing these assignments will allow students to utilize their creativity.

    2346 GRAPHIC DESIGN 2
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Desktop Publishing or Introduction to Graphic Design
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Graphic Design 2 is a semester course that will focus on Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5 and InDesign CS5. Students will be able to manipulate and alter images in Photoshop, draw items using Adobe Illustrator and apply them into their layouts using InDesign; projects will include a newspaper, personalized yearbook, a community service project and much more. Having the opportunity to learn how to integrate text, graphics, and photographs by applying principles of layout and design will result in professional quality publications for practical and business use. If you have ever thought about majoring in graphic design then this is the course for you!

    2316 DIGITAL ART
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Do you want to know how to remove someone from an image? Do you want to create a movie poster that looks like the real deal? Do you want to make yourself look 80? Do you want to use a drawing tablet to digitize your work of art? Do you want to see your artwork animated? If so, this is the course for you! With the combination of studio art methods and the use of application software, this will happen. Manipulating images using Photoshop, creating original drawings using Illustrator and making 3D animations using Blender will be accomplished in this course. Scanners, digitizing tablets and digital cameras will be used to add a personal touch to projects. Students should have a good drawing background and computer skills for this course.

    2075 GAME DESIGN AND C#
    2076 GAME DESIGN AND C# ACC
    Credit: 1 unit
    Recommendation: Students who earned a “C” or better in Algebra have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course introduces students with little or no programming experience to the fundamental features and essential skills necessary to create exciting 2D games! Students will be introduced to the C# language; examine interfaces, exceptions, file access, and random numbers; learn how to gather user input; learn to draw custom game characters using Adobe Illustrator Piskel App; and learn to build 2D games using the Unity game engine. Through classroom instruction and laboratory experience students will develop skills and knowledge in programming including using mathematical operators and control statements; creating custom classes with reusable methods; implementing polymorphism and using arrays to hold game data; drawing unique game characters to match a student-generated storyline, and using Visual Studio and C# to collect data and output sound. If you love playing games, then this course will take your game playing to a whole new level, and maybe to a new career! Prior programming background or completion of Computer Programming with Java course is strongly recommended for this course. Note: Students in grades 10-12 may receive dual credit from Missouri State University.

    2030 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS & NETWORKING
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will expand their understanding of basic computer architecture and operation (how computers work), common software packages and usage (what computers can do for you) and consumer maintenance practices (how to keep computers running). The student will gain knowledge and experience through a series of daily hands-on lab experiments that will help them to build their own computer.

    2095 WEB DESIGN
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Have you ever wanted to create your OWN WEB PAGE, but just don’t know how? If so, this is the course for you! This class will provide students with classroom & laboratory experience in web design focusing on the overall production process with emphasis on design elements involving layout, navigation, & interactivity. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript, and HTML will be used to create fabulous web pages. Scanners and digital cameras will be implemented to add those finishing touches to your pages.

    2096 ADVANCED WEB DESIGN
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Web Design
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This class will provide students with PHP classroom and laboratory experience with advanced web design topics focusing on the overall production process of a website with emphasis on commercial layout techniques, advanced site functionality with JavaScript and PHP. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Cascading Style Sheets and HTML will be used to create fabulous web pages that serve the need of profit and nonprofit companies. Video cameras, scanners, and digital cameras will be implemented to add those finishing touches to your pages. This course is designed to build upon introductory design techniques learned in the Web Design course while introducing advanced web interactivity techniques and programming languages demanded by web-based companies.