JA BizTown®

JA BizTown curriculum cover

Elementary School
Middle School
Implementation:
Classroom Based
JA Capstone
Virtual

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- Discuss the roles they play as citizens, workers, and consumers in their community and relate those roles to the free enterprise system.
-- Discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities in a community.
-- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system.
-- Build money management skills through a practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices.
-- Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities.
-- Display the soft skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work.

JA BizTown is recommended for grades 4–6. The program is a JA Capstone program and is available for classroom-based, self- guided, or remote classroom implementation. It includes 12 teacher-led sessions prior to the simulation and 1 session following the simulation, with a culminating 4–5 hour visit to a hands-on simulated community or a virtual simulation.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Advertising, business management, careers, check register, circular flow, economics, financial institutions, financial transactions, free enterprise, goods and services, interests and skills, jobs, operating costs, payment methods, performance evaluation, personal finance, quality business, resources (natural, human, and capital), running a business, scarcity, soft skills, STEM careers

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Applying Information
  • Brainstorming
  • Calculation
  • Charting
  • Collaboration
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Computation
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Data collection and interpretation
  • Decision making
  • Definitions
  • Demonstration
  • Describing consequences
  • Determining cause and effect
  • Filling out forms
  • Following written and oral directions
  • Graphing
  • Identifying
  • Interview skills
  • Listening
  • Observing
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Price setting
  • Problem solving
  • Reading for information
  • Research
  • Resume preparation
  • Role-playing
  • Self-reflection
  • Showing responsibility
  • Soft skills (customer service
  • punctuality
  • and dressing appropriately)
  • Spending
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Writing.

Virtual Implementation

Remote live, virtual simulation, and self guided implementation options are available for JA BizTown.

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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