JA Financial Capability 1

JA Financial Capability curriculum cover

High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
In JA Financial Capability 1, part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester teacher-led course in which high school students examine financial capabilities from a business perspective, focusing on banking, economics, business planning, and risk management. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that includes subject matter guest speaking and coaching or advising for case study and project course work.

Students will:

Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards.

Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world.

Synthesize elective concepts through cumulative, tangible deliverables (projects).

Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study.

Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success.

Program Concepts

Assessment of business needs, Balance sheets, Banking careers, Break even, Business banking, Business choices, Business ethics, Business loan, Capitalism, Company information, Crowdfunding, Customer life cycle, Demand, Expenses, Financial plan, Financial planning, For profit and nonprofit businesses, Funding sources, Graphs, Hard skills, Income statement, Insurance agencies, Insurance careers, Investing, Job source websites, Job trends, Law of supply and demand, Nonprofit funding, Personal banking, Pro forma, Resources, Risk, Risk management, Salaries, Scarcity, Small business pricing, Soft skills, Supply, The profit equation, Types of insurance

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze facts
  • Analyze information
  • Analyze situations
  • Analyze statistics
  • Calculate financial information
  • Compare and contrast information
  • Complete research
  • Draw conclusions
  • Discuss information
  • Evaluate information
  • Intrepret data
  • Manipulate data
  • Participate in discussions
  • Present information
  • Perform calculations
  • Research information
  • Review data
  • Role play a situation
  • Think creatively
  • Think critically
  • Work in groups
JA High School Experience Overview

Alignment with State and National Standards

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.

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

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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