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Why We’re Teaching Middle and High School Entrepreneurship

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Apr 19, 2018 3:11:44 PM

Entrepreneurs are leaders, strategic thinkers and innovators. They see opportunities where others may see failure. They take risks because they dream big. They are visionaries.


Researchers often debate whether entrepreneurship can adequately be taught, or whether it must be caught. Some say it’s something you’re born with.

At Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, we’re hosting our inaugural four-week entrepreneurial studies program this summer for young women rising to grades 7-12 because we know it can be taught. We believe students who are exposed to less structured instruction tend to be more flexible, and more creative and responsive to changing circumstances in order to succeed in running an enterprise.

And that’s what Oak Knoll's Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Women is about. It’s a combination of structured and unstructured lessons and activities. Over the course of four weeks, students will be exposed to fundamental concepts for entrepreneurs, such as intellectual property rights, accounting and business plan writing during classroom time. These structured lessons will be supplemented by more experiential learning, such as practicums, field trips and guest speakers.

We teach entrepreneurship because it is important to overall student growth and development. Students learn to take responsibility for their own successes and failures. They learn about team work, adaptability and problem-solving. This program helps create leaders of tomorrow.

We are looking for the next top young entrepreneur! If you think you know who she is, please click here to nominate her for this wonderful program or tell her to apply!

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