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A business course is learning that is hands-on, relates academic subjects to the business world and provides a broad, comprehensive curriculum that is for and about business. Business courses at Hopewell Valley Central High School are designed to prepare students as viable competitors in the business world and for advanced educational opportunities.


business course classroom

Between grades 9 and 12, all students are required to take at least 5 credits in the area of business or practical arts and many take more as their interests and college pursuits dictate. There are many business courses, half-year and full-year, in which students may choose to enroll.  All of the courses in the Business Department make use of the computer labs on a full-time or part-time basis. Students use computer hardware and software that is current and compatible with what is being used today in colleges and businesses.  


Business Courses:  Business & Personal Law, Financial Accounting, Honors College Prep Accounting, Sports Marketing, Marketing I and II, Cooperative Work Experience, Entrepreneurship, Intro. Computer Science Using Java, Computer Science II, Personal Finance, Computer Graphics I and II, Computer Essentials for College & Business, Inside Microsoft Office. 



Practical Arts 



students at TV studio monitor bankThe courses in the Practical Arts Department provide skills in areas that are useful to all students. The skills that are taught and developed within the curriculum of the department not only serve as a sound academic background but also are very realistic and applicable for the students both today and in their future. The practical aspects of each course are emphasized in order to better prepare the students for everyday living. The role of industry in our society, collegiate and career opportunities, development of leisure time skills, and safe, efficient work habits are components of each area of study


Hands-on experiences in a number of technical areas are available to all students. All students must take at least 5 credits in the area of business or practical arts to graduate. A multi-year sequence of technical studies is available in:


  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering
  • Automotive Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • TV and Video Production
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