Entrepreneurial Program Overview
The purpose of the program is to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, to teach critical and creative problem-solving processes, and to learn to take an idea and turn it into action. Within this project-based entrepreneurial program, students will be fully engaged in a Socratic class where asking and answering questions that stimulate critical thinking while processing ideas is routine. As a result, a learning environment is created where the interaction between students, teachers, and external partners/local entrepreneurs results in co-creative networks. Here students have the opportunity to participate in equal collaborative relationships. A classroom culture of innovation will grow as students begin to ask and discover the answers to questions such as what inspires me? What’s important to me? How can I make a difference?
There will be collaborative and independent work challenges created to develop confidence in planting ideas, taking action, growing a deeper knowledge of self, setting goals, problem-solving, and business development. An emphasis will be placed on character building skills such as resilience, leadership, teamwork, effective communication, citizenship readiness, and time management.
Through partnerships with businesses and entrepreneurs, including alumni and friends of Hill Top, students will acquire a real-world context for entrepreneurship and learn firsthand about developing an idea, venturing forth, and making a business. Students will also learn about branding, resume building, mock interviewing, developing a growth mindset, pitching ideas and self, persuasive writing, advertising, marketing, design thinking, prototyping, and so much more. In this program, students have the potential to create and, develop their very own BIZ.
CoHatch class podcast Echo&Wire:
Echo & Wire is a light, humorous, somewhat mysterious, scripted podcast telling stories and half-truths based on the daily happenings found in this unusual community on top of the hill. Link to Echo & Wire Podcast:
Is offered as an independent elective or the first level in a three-year entrepreneurial program. In this course, the focus is placed on acquiring the skills necessary to develop an idea and successfully communicate it. First semester students are given a problem and asked to find solutions to it as a group. In the second semester, students write independent project proposals, develop and work on their ideas, and present finished work in May. During this time, students develop mentoring relationships with external professional partners.
Creative Leadership-Teamwork-Confidence- Citizenship Readiness
Working in a team-centered environment, students will activate their entrepreneurial mindset through project-based learning and group discussion. Themes include: problem solving, the global community, team building, marketing, rapid prototyping, business economics, organization, and goal setting. Throughout the year students will participate in co-collaborative partnerships that provide experience-based learning opportunities.
In this advanced course, students deepen the development of their entrepreneurial mindset while creating original business models individually or with a partner. With supervision and mentorship, students can launch an idea, a business, a product, or a social initiative of their own; or they can learn about and take a role in the school podcast business.