The Academy of Business and Law

Welcome to the Academy of Business and Law

The Academy of Business and Law puts a strong emphasis on Industry, Marketing, Law, and Public Speaking.  Students have an opportunity to explore the disciplines with likeminded classmates and supportive teachers.


6th Grade: Personal Finance

In the 6th grade, students in ABL will be introduced to key concepts around personal finance, focusing on the importance of budgeting. Students will discuss needs versus wants, and learn how to create a budget to track income and expenses. Class activities will allow students the opportunity to learn about allocation of funds for different categories and students will think about their future plans as they set financial goals.. 

Additional topics of interest include:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Credit and Debt Management

This work is supported through our partnership with Junior Achievement. The curriculum is aligned with JA Finance Park, Junior Achievement’s capstone program for career exploration and financial planning. The lessons lead to a field trip excursion to JA Finance Park, an onsite facility where students are mentored by volunteers from financial institutions who work with them on developing a personal budget. 

7th Grade: Investments & Portfolio-building

7th grade ABL students build upon their work in Business by focusing on portfolio-building; students learn about a variety of investment options, including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. These lessons are aligned to the 7th grade Next Generation math standards - for example, students work with compound interest and percent. As part of the portfolio-building curriculum, students learn about building a diversified investment portfolio while exploring the relationship between risk and return. 

Their work in this class is enhanced by their engagement with the Stock Market Game. Students work in teams to create a profitable stock portfolio and compete against teams from across the country and across grade-levels. Students strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills while researching stock options and collaborating with a team. Through Junior Achievement, students are also given an opportunity to visit the Federal Reserve to learn more about its role in our economy.

8th Grade: Marketing

8th grade Business students focus on the importance of marketing in the 21st century marketplace. A new initiative in this class will be the partnership between selected 8th grade classes and our school’s ACES program; our 8th grade students will work with the ACES students on creating a marketing plan for the Kids Cafe. 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Achievement Global Challenge, where teams are given a directive to create and market a product or service. Students must develop the product/service, create a marketing plan (such as a website or app), and present their work. Last year, a team from our school placed third globally.

 A class in a hallway with signs 

 Students at a table displaying club pamphlets 

Public Speaking

Students in classes 606, 706, and 806 will be taking a public speaking course aimed to improve their skills in oracy and debate. These skills directly complement their coursework in both business and law electives, which often require students to verbally present and discuss their ideas. Through this class, our students will be supported as future business leaders and legal minds while they transform into articulate and empowered speakers through practice and feedback. 

At the end of the year, the Public Speaking teacher would like to organize and present a showcase of student work where selected students would perform monologues, Soapbox speeches, and debates.

Boston 2023!

 Teacher and Students at Bunker Hill