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Curriculum Overview

How we equip future entrepreneurs with "book smarts" along with  practical savvy

US 9-12 students earn academic credit for courses specific to entrepreneurship, with the opportunity to be awarded a "CHCA Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Certificate" (shown on a CHCA transcript) upon completion of a capstone project. 

Like other upper level academic and arts courses, enrollment in a Business Internship course requires an application and interview.  Due to high demand, enrollment in that course is currently limited to two years. 

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Certificate

CHCA offers an innovative approach to the entrepreneurship course of study. Because of the nature of the program, hands-on, active participation is not only encouraged, but required. Through this immersion into the course experience and on-campus internships, students emerge with real-world knowledge gained through their problem-based learning. This leads directly to a mastery which has tangible benefits not only in college and graduate school, but in life application.

Due to this mastery, CHCA students who complete the prescribed course of study for the entrepreneurship certificate program will be awarded the CHCA Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Certificate upon graduation. It indicates the student’s mastery over the program’s content and will pave the way for future work in a variety of related fields. In addition to a physical certificate, the student’s transcript will include an indication of the certificate award.

Requirements (starting 2021-2022)

    One semester of Perspectives on Entrepreneurship course
  1. E&S Business Internship
    • Four semesters in student businesses (can be two different businesses) - detailed above
    • Internships can be completed any time during Gr 9-12
  2. Two semesters of another qualifying elective - detailed above
  3. Complete Capstone Project
“The entrepreneurship program and the people I worked with were the highlight of my senior year.”Connor Sheehy '16 

Capstone Overview

Students seeking the Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Certificate upon graduation must complete a capstone project. Approved by the Program Director prior to senior year, this project is a product of thorough research and documentation and must be completed by late spring of the graduation year. 

Capstone projects are meant to give a visual representation to the concept mastery the student has achieved during the business internships. While students may elicit the help of others in building or constructing the project, they must exhibit clear direction of the overall scope.

If your business or organization has a project that may qualify as a capstone opportunity for one of our students, please contact