High School

High Schools

JA Economics™ examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics.

JA Economics is a one-semester course, and is recommended for students in grades 11 and 12. Instructional materials include Textbooks, Study Guides, Student Company Kit and a Computerized Management Simulation (MESE).

  • Topic: Pillars of the U.S. Economic System: Chapters 1 and 2 describe the basic economic problems and the nature of the free enterprise system.
  • Topic: Supply, Demand, Market Prices and the Consumer: Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 describe the price system, illustrate how supply and demand interact to establish market prices and allocate resources, and explore consumer related issues.
  • Topic: Theory and Operations of the Business Firm: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 examine the role of entrepreneurs, and how businesses are organized and financed, explore production, productivity, market structure and marketing strategies.
  • Topic: Economic Institutions: Chapters 12, 13 and 14 examine the role of labor, governments and the federal reserve banking system in the United States.
  • Topic: The Global Economy: Chapters 15 and 16 explore the costs and benefits of international trade, economic growth, and global economic issues for the 21st century.

Concepts – Absolute advantage, Comparative advantage, Deflation, Demand, Economic incentives, Economic institutions, Economic systems, Exchange rates, Fiscal policy, Government, GDP, Income distribution, Inflation, Investing, Labor, Markets, Market structure, Monetary policy, Money, Opportunity costs, Productivity, Saving, Scarcity, Supply, Trade, Unemployment.

JA Success Skills™ focuses on developing students’ interpersonal effectiveness. Through an assessment, the students identify the strengths and unique potentials of their interpersonal skills. They examine how their interpersonal skills match careers of interest to them, develop resumes, and practice their skills in mock job interviews. They begin work on a skills portfolio that they can carry with them into the work force when seeking employment.

JA Leadership™ challenges students to become community leaders. Students identify the characteristics of leaders, study local economic development, work in community service, and practice leadership skills.

JA Leadership requires a minimum of six sessions and is recommended for students in grades 9 through 12. Instructional materials are packaged for 30 students and include six detailed activity plans for the volunteer and workbooks for students.

  • Activity One: Nature of Leadership: The students discover what leadership is, and why it is important. They recognize how the development of leadership skills may impact their lives.
  • Activity Two: The Leadership Project: The students research issues surrounding topics for leadership projects that they will conduct in the school or community.
  • Activity Three: Model Leadership: The students are introduced to a leadership model and explore how the model applies to a leadership situation.
  • Activity Four: Lakeside, A Case Study: The students analyze a case study of a reform effort to improve the quality of life in a city. They identify how the business, community, and civic leadership collaborated to achieve social, political, and economic change.
  • Activity Five: Local Leadership: The students will develop their own case study based on options that would promote economic development in their local community. They will analyze the potential effects of alternative actions on the quality of life in their community, and decide upon the desirable course.
  • Activity Six: Proven Leadership: The students demonstrate their leadership abilities by giving oral and written reports about their leadership projects.

Concepts- Business, Choices, Citizenship, Economic development, Ethics, Incentive, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Public service, Quality, Social benefit, Workforce readiness.

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