Business Department


Chair: Mr. Andy Listerman
Faculty: Mr. Joe Schoenfeld '77

Business Program Philosophy
The Business Department seeks to integrate the reality of the world of business and the values of the Catholic high school.

Business Program Goals
The Business Program prepares young men to be confident and competent in communicating and collaborating with others in finding solutions to personal and business financial problems.  Accounting students attain a basic understanding of accounting as the language of business through generally accepted accounting principles from progressing through the accounting period cycle.  Students will have a foundation to continue studying business and accounting at the collegiate level.  Personal Finance students are empowered and equipped with money management skills to avoid debt, budget with intention, build wealth, and share that wealth with others in a truly Christian manner.

During junior and senior years, students have the opportunity of enrolling in several business courses.

Accounting I – Students learn the basics of financial accounting for proprietorships and corporations by preparing journals, ledgers, worksheets, and financial statements.

Advanced Accounting
– Advanced accounting students are given more analytical and theoretical knowledge of accounting to help prepare them for college accounting and work experience in the field.

Personal Finance
 – Students build a foundation of skills for success in their personal lives and business world by studying the principals of money management and financial responsibility. They learn how to prepare budgets, read cash flow statements, and understand the proper use of credit. They examine the fundamentals of banking, savings, and investing. Career exploration, resume writing, and interviewing are also included in this course.

Financial Literacy for CP2 Students -
The goal of this course is to help students build a foundation of personal finance skills for success in their personal lives and for the business world.  The content areas are as follows:  

  • Saving and Investing - Implement a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal goals; 
  • Credit and Debt - Maintain credit-worthiness, borrow at favorable terms, and manage debt; 
  • Financial Responsibility and Decision Making- Apply reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions; 
  • Risk Management and Insurance - Use appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies; 
  • Income and Careers - Use a career plan to develop personal income potential; and 
  • Consumer Awareness, Rights and Responsibilities - Understand the power of marketing on buying decisions, including "0% APR" and "no interest" deals and ways companies compete for our money, including product positioning, advertising, brand recognition and personal selling. Examples of specific items are preparing budgets, net worth, cash flows, checks, checkbook registers, compound interest, reading stock information, 401k, IRA’s, mutual funds, resumes, and interviewing.