Leroy Greene Academy Prepares its Students for Their Futures Through Pathways

Career-focused pathways are emerging around the country for high school students who want to direct their focus of studies, and one of the common pathways is business and entrepreneurship. One school that is following suit with success is Leroy Greene Academy in Sacramento.

Leroy Greene is a dependent charter school open for 6th to 12th grades. The school consists of two innovative programs – Visual Arts & Technology and Business & Entrepreneurship.

Beginning in the 2016 school year, Leroy Greene introduced two new entrepreneurship courses: Entrepreneur Journey and INCubatoredu. These courses are additions to the school’s Entrepreneur Pathway, which prepares students for college and a career.

At Leroy Greene, Entrepreneur Journey gives 11th grade students with an understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. It builds knowledge and practical skills for students by applying the tools of the entrepreneur. The curricula also provides students with the methods to evaluate ideas for potential for success in the market.

Entrepreneur Journey prepares the student for the 12th grade INCubatoredu course where students launch a business. Both of these courses emphasize “Learn by Doing” and involve community and business leaders.

With its Business & Entrepreneur program (as well as Visual Arts & Technology), Leroy Greene uses “pathways” to lead students to their college and career goals. The pathway system is becoming more popular in schools across the nation, including the esteemed Academies of Nashville.

In the Academies of Nashville, the students choose what and how they want to learn in a field that interests them, ranging from engineering to healthcare. The goal is to prepare students for college and ultimately their dream jobs. The pathway system comes into play as they are on the path to their dream jobs, whether they’re in the Broadcasting pathway, Culinary Arts pathway, or Business Leadership pathway.

Leroy Greene principal Leslie Sargent got the opportunity to visit the Academies of Nashville to learn about how education was shaped in the different programs.

“It was great to visit the schools while they were in session and see what was going on,” Sargent said, “We visited three different schools to learn about the academy and see the nuances and how they were functioning.”

Through this experience, Sargent learned how to refine Leroy Greene’s business pathway and make it more viable through different courses and areas of studies. Most importantly, the opportunity helped her and other education leaders study the structure of the schools to help make their own schools the best places possible for kids.

“Our main goal is to make sure our kids graduate and are college and career ready,” Sargent said, “We want to make sure we’re setting students up for success for their future.”

Entrepreneur Pathways and INCubatoredu Courses Band Together for High School Students

The Philip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship opened over a year ago in August of 2015 to a class of 10th grade students excited to be part of a school environment based on technology and entrepreneurship. The school has now expanded to accepting 10th-12th grade students, partnering with several different programs, including Entrepreneur Pathways, Inc.

As an applied entrepreneurship high school, students at Patiño dedicate their high school careers to learning real-world business skills and creating their own companies. Class curriculums focus on project-based learning that fosters real world skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Students may choose college or career after graduation – either way, they get to direct their high school education based on their passion.

Patiño has partnered with Entrepreneur Pathways to develop the best mindsets, skills, and tools of an entrepreneur. Instructors at Patiño have experienced the training for The Entrepreneur Journey, an Entrepreneur Pathways program for 10th grade students.

The Entrepreneur Journey answers important questions students need to consider before taking action toward their business goals:

  • How are entrepreneurs created?
  • How do entrepreneurs come up with ideas and decide if those ideas are worth investing in?
  • With a certain idea, how should an entrepreneur capture revenue and begin building their business?

At Patiño, The Entrepreneur Journey and the questions it analyzes is designed to proceed another program where students then begin taking action toward their business goals: INCubatoredu.

With INCubatoredu, 11th and 12th grade students demonstrate their learning through action. They work with a team of visiting coaches and mentors and monetize their passions.

The Entrepreneur Journey and INCubatoredu have been brought together for programs like Patiño to build off each other and make the most out of both curricula, giving students the best education and resources possible. With the mindset and answers brought by The Entrepreneur Journey, and the action taken through INCubatoredu, these students are on the right track to building the best future as an entrepreneur possible.