The Academy of Entrepreneurship Honored as a National Distinguished Academy!
THE ACADEMY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT MOUNTAIN RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL IS A SIGNATURE PROGRAM. Fill out the application during the application time frame to join us.
Student Troy Borman was named Peoria Hometown Hero Entrepreneur of the year for his Baseball Bat business.
The window for accepting applications for the Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge is now closed -May 10th, 2023.
Welcome to The Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge High School. As part of the National Academy Foundation program, your student is about to embark on a career-focused journey. Embedded within the Career and Technical Education, CTE, course offerings, this Academy is creating our future business owners! In the first year, 16 students' businesses have been launched by high school students on campus! We now have 17 students that started a business WHILE in High School! If you are coming from outside the Mountain Ridge school boundaries, please be sure to go through the OPEN ENROLLMENT process with the district.
Your gateway into this academy is through the Marketing-Advanced Marketing-CTE Internship pathway. Marketing students can earn High School Economics Credit, 12 College Credits, 5 Honor Cords, DECA and NAF Scholarships, & Industry Certifications. There are other options to gain NAFTrack certification with Project Lead the Way, PTLW, courses on our campus. The school offers BioMedical and the Engineering options with PLTW.
Why the Academy of Entrepreneurship?
This is the program for those that might want to open their own business one day! The students write a business plan during class. They are connected with community leaders that can help advise them and prepare them to open a business. We have had 16 businesses opened by our students while they were still in high school. We have more in the pipeline. We also help develop your leadership skills. We are home to the International DECA President for 2020-2021, Ms. Catherine Horton. This academy can help you earn college credit, prepare you for your career, get you NAFTrack certified and network you with business leaders. Mountain Ridge means business!
Where we have been and what we have done!
Our students travel every year and we are often invited to presentations at National Conferences. Our students traveled to New York twice. Once, for winning a Shark Tank competition…and Yes we met a Shark from the show! And another time for our marketing and community service projects to Fortune 500 Business Leaders at a Gala hosted by Lenovo.
The Academy of Entrepreneurship is Innovative!
Welcome to The Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge High School. As part of the National Academy Foundation program, your student is about to embark on a career-focused journey. Embedded within the Career and Technical Education, CTE, course offerings, this Academy is creating our future business owners! In the first four years, 16 students businesses have been launched by high school students on campus! The NAFTrack Certification is only offered at three high schools in Arizona. Mountain Ridge is one of them! Come Join us! The Academy is a 4-year program that focuses on career and college readiness through a variety of courses, guest speakers, field trips, and internships. Our students are actively engaged in the life of the school through academics, activities and athletics. They perform community service, develop leadership, create in the Design Lab and focus on future career pathways. Students who are accepted into the Academy will take Mountain Ridge courses and can add Gifted, Advanced Placement or Honors Courses to their course load.
Your gateway into this academy is through the Marketing-Advanced Marketing-CTE Internship pathway. Marketing students can earn High School Economics Credit, 12 College Credits, DECA and NAF Scholarships, & Industry Certifications. There are other options to gain NAFTrack certification with Project Lead the Way, PTLW, courses on our campus. The school offers BioMedical and the Engineering options with PLTW. You can also work on your personal branding, which is a hot topic with the NCAA new NIL ruling. NCAA name, image and likeness FAQ - What the rule changes mean for the athletes, schools and more (espn.com)
The Academy of Entrepreneurship is your link to an exciting career in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Hospitality or Business Management. Students are encouraged to develop projects in areas of specialized interest--such as Fashion Merchandising, Advertising, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Travel and Tourism, Medical, Engineering, Innovative Apps, or International Business. Business plan competitions, internships, workshops, leadership opportunities, travel, and scholarships are all part of the experience. We offer curriculum using the National Academy Foundation and competitions with DECA within the Marketing strand. HOSA and SkillsUSA competitions are utilized in the PTLW courses. Find out more by signing up for Marketing at Mountain Ridge High School or contact Debbie.Moore@dvusd.org
The 4-Year Program of Study is as follows: to meet the student’s career interest with an internship requirement and opportunities for college credit with Dual Enrollment.
Credits towards NAFTrack Certification (need 4)
2 NAF credits
6 College Credits
*Advanced Marketing (Econ Credit)
2 NAF credits
Advanced Marketing (dual)
2 NAF credits
6 College Credits
College/Career Prep with Ethics
Financial Planning with Sports Marketing
One of these is required to complete the 4 NAF courses for NAFTrack
*CTE ONLINE Internship
The JR/SR and CTE Internship (1.0) - Learning is not limited to the classroom. Internship opportunities are a supervised work-based learning experience in a paid or unpaid position within the CTE program of study. The CTE internship provides on the job experience and valuable industry networking.
If you would like to apply for the Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge, please fill out an application and answer the short answer questions and how you plan to be involved in the school and community as part of the Academy.
You will upload all community service hours each year.
(you may use your National Honor Society hours or any community service hours. The Academy and DECA will provide many opportunities as well)
Networking and Experiencing your Career Pathway
DECA State Held at the Arizona Grand Hotel during Late February and Early March each year.
DECA Internationals (After Competitions there are Business site visits that have included the Georgia Tech Brain Lab, The Angels baseball organization marketing seminar and tour, Behind the scenes at DisneyWorld and Universal Studios, The Varsity, Chick-Fil-A headquarters, USA Volleyball tour, and more)
April 27-30, 2024
April 26-29, 2025
April 25-28, 2026
April 22-25, 2027
April 22-25, 2028
(Business site visits have included the Laying of a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, The University of Washington tour, Snoqualmie Falls Tourism group, The University of Texas Sports tour, Experience Music tour, Nordstrom tour, the Fish Market presentation, Starbucks presentation, and more)
November 17-19, 2023
Career and Volunteer Opportunities or Conferences:
(Opportunities for community service are constantly added and shared. We have a few annual events that we host. Career conferences provide learning about many components of the industry. Businesses include: Marriott, Hilton, Doubletree, AZ State Fair, NIKE, Columbia Sports, The Timbers, The Hops, The Timberwolves, The Shark Tank Panel, and more. )
TEDEx at GCU Phoenix, AZ TBD in January
Valley Hotel and Resort Association Career Days
TBD in November
AZ State Fair Volunteer Day
TBD in October
FIDM Fashion Show and Tour
(Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)
Los Angeles, CA