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The goal of the Business Department is to provide our students with a curriculum that will give them with 21st century skills and the values necessary to be successful personally and within the career they choose.

  1. Be “business literate” in respect to necessary vocabulary, the basics of personal and business finance, and the reading and understanding of business news.
  2. Begin to develop values necessary for business and personal success including: conducting personal, academic and business practices in an honest and ethical manner, learning to respect others and appreciate the need to help others in the spirit of St. Joseph’s Academy.
  3. Be introduced to the skills necessary for business and personal success including: public speaking, professional relationship building, basic financial analysis and gathering and presenting relevant business information on the computer.
One half credit of business education is required for graduation. The class of 2021 will need one full credit of business education for graduation. The required credit may be taken during sophomore, junior, or senior year from any business content course electives available within the department.
Our Entrepreneurial Program was activated with the opening of Cup of Joe. The student-run coffee shop provides our girls with the knowledge to run a business through innovative leadership. Click here to learn more about Cup of Joe.

Courses Available for 2020-21

List of 10 items.

  • BUS Accounting I

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will be introduced to the language of business, which is foundational to the study of finance. Accounting topics and procedures in analyzing debits and credits, the general journal, the general ledger, special journals and ledgers, depreciation, interest topics and the distribution of dividends form the core of this course. Discussion and forums on careers in accounting, ethics, and opportunities in the financial world will enhance the curriculum.
    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Accounting II

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will expand upon basic accounting principles and procedures that were studied in Accounting I. The accounting cycle will be completed with the study of merchandising including payroll, taxes and ending a fiscal period with its reports and entries. Procedures used by businesses organized as corporations with specific attention to notes and interest, accrued 37 revenue and expenses and the distribution of dividends will give students a broadened foundation for further study.

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Accounting I
  • BUS Business Communications

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Cources, .5 credit

    Students will create a variety of documents (business documents, letters, brochures, newsletters, forms, business cards, etc.) in the traditional printed format, as well as 21st Century digital format. Students will use Microsoft Office products, Google Docs and the newer Web 2.0 tools as they create these documents. Students will work both individually and in groups. Students will also learn to be productive team members and team leaders.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Business Law and Ethics

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will develop an understanding of the legal framework of our society. The topics covered include the history, development, classification of laws, how our legal system and ethics relate to each other, personal and business law related to everyday life, contract law, the court system and courtroom procedures, legal terminology, constitutional rights, ethics, technology law, intellectual property, social responsibility, international law and consumer protection.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Computer Languages: Java

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Enginering credit, but not all.

    This course includes an introduction to structured programming and a basic understanding of Java syntax. Students will study the fundamental concepts of computer systems, procedures, functions, methods, repeat loops, logic statements, files and arrays. Emphasis will be on problem-solving skills and variable tracing in completing selected programming assignments. Students will use Oracle’s Java and NetBeans IDE software.

    Prerequisites: B+ in Geometry or B in Honors Geometry or teacher recommendation
  • BUS Computer Languages: Web Development

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    Students will create web pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will use a variety of web layouts, color and formatting components important in web design. Students will manipulate and embed images and video, and learn to validate their web pages to assure compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Entrepreneurship

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will use the Junior Achievement Company Program. During the JA Company Program experience, students start a real business, unlocking their innate ability to address problems with innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. This course is designed for natural leaders and self-starters. Students will use creativity and critical thinking to implement the following: a business plan, sales pitch, capitalization options, company structure model, launching the company, marketing plan, product development process, product and service evaluation, quality control, sales techniques, supply chain and SWOT analysis. Students are required to attend a field trip to a teen entrepreneurship conference at St. Louis University, where they will learn and network with successful teen inventors.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Foundations of Business

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will explore two areas of the business world: marketing and management. Topics include product planning, principles of marketing, the 4 p’s of marketing, distribution, design, management and managing, management types and situational management through interactive multimedia lessons and projects.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Personal Finance

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will learn the basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens and young adults. Students will analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the cost and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers, and apply the knowledge learned to future financial situations encountered in life. Students will explore money management, budgeting, banking, savings, credit and debt. Class discussions, projects, online interactive modules and collaboration will form the basis of evaluation. Students are required to attend a field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where they explore a hands-on interactive economy museum.

    Prerequisite: none
  • BUS Video Production

    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    This course introduces all three stages of creating a video: pre-production, production and shooting, and postproduction. Students in this applied computer science course will select and operate appropriate computer software and hardware to create the videos they envision. Students will break down the steps needed through planning their creations through writing scripts, developing shot lists and storyboards while also learning how to manipulate film and technology to achieve their expected outcomes. Everyone will have the opportunity to experiment with various filming and audio hardware, including cameras, gimbals, microphones, audio recorders and smartphones. Through using Adobe Premiere Pro, students will discover how to evaluate raw clips to create profession level video, both collaboratively and independently. Students will produce a music video, how-to video, and a final St. Joe video.

    Prerequisite: none

Co-Curricular Activities

The following co-curricular activities are available in this discipline. For more information, please click the link.


Business Department

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Veronica Washington

    Veronica Washington 

    Business - Department Chair, Diversity Coordinator
    (314) 394-4131
  • Photo of Megan Hackmann

    Ms. Megan Hackmann 

    Social Studies
    (314) 394-4070
  • Photo of Cori Sallaberry

    Mrs. Cori (Castellano) Sallaberry 96

    (314) 394-4124
  • Photo of Kathleen Siegel

    Mrs. Kathleen Siegel 

    Computer Science & Engineering
    (314) 394-4094
  • Photo of Amy Summers

    Mrs. Amy Summers 

    Computer Science & Engineering - Department Chair, English
    (314) 394-4079
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