The Business Department offers a range of courses from the grade 9 Business Technology course and grade 10 Introduction to Business course, to advanced grade 12 courses that offer a more specific and in-depth focus in certain areas of business to prepare for a variety of post-secondary pathways with a focus on business studies. Students taking business classes have an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of business, apply and experience the curriculum through simulations, experiential learning opportunities and differentiated tasks. Students will also develop their communication skills, with a focus on speaking within a business context to a professional audience. Students will be challenged to apply higher-order thinking skills to solve real business problems.
The Business department supports a variety of initiatives and activities to complement the core business curriculum.
DECA is a business case-based club that gives students an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the business world. The club allows all students in grades 9 through 12 (whether they are in the business SHSM or not) to gain hands-on business experience outside of the classroom.
The Investment Club
Each of the members of the Investment Club manages one million dollar portfolios in hopes of maximizing returns, learning & fun. Club members learn about managing trading risks, buying and shorting stocks as well as how to use derivatives. The derivatives the students use include call options and put options. The students soon learn that the leverage provided by using options could provide opportunities for extreme changes in portfolio value in very short time frames. We look forward to welcoming more students to the club.
The trip to either the Eaton Centre or Sherway Gardens and gives the students an ability to analyze the distribution, pricing and promotional strategies of various organizations.
The trip to Planet Laser allows students to experience a team-building activity as a method of building corporate culture and teamwork within an organization.
Offered to a limited number of students, the No Limits Conference is a unique opportunity to network with and learn from Chartered Accountants in a business setting.
The grade 11 law field trip is to the Brampton Courthouse on 7755 Hurontario Street. This field trip gives the students a chance to observe many Ontario Courts of Justice in action. They also meet with a judge in a question and answer session.
CA and CMA are invited to speak to the class regarding the professional designations available within accounting.
The grade 12 law trip is to the Toronto Courthouse, 361 University Avenue. This field trip gives the students a chance to observe an Ontario Superior Court in action. This trip focuses mainly on more serious criminal trials.
The International Business field Trip is an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for culture in a business context. Students will enjoy ethnic food while learning about business etiquette and the impact of cultural and customs on business.
The Business CertificateStudents who earn 6 or more Business Studies credits, including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Information & Communication Technology, International Business, Marketing and Business Leadership, Law and Economics or Business Co-op, qualify for a Halton Business Education Certificate.
At OTHS we offer a Business SHSM program.
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. A SHSM program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments and helps them focus on graduation and on pursuing their postsecondary goals.
If you are interested in any of these business-related contests, please see Ms.Dolan for details!
The Prosperity One award goes to a graduating student who has focused on Business Studies, has achieved high academically and contributed to school life while being a student at OTHS.
Please do not hesitate to ask any one of the business teachers about post-secondary planning and information.