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Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs at Battle Ground Academy

Entrepreneurial concepts and thinking are a schoolwide focus, and beginning in ninth grade, students may choose to be part of our four-year Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. It is the nation's first four-year, secondary school entrepreneurship program in the country, and courses include:

  • Speech I: Speech and Leadership 
  • Economics of Business: An introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Finance 
  • Marketing (for Entrepreneurs)
  • Civics: An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Models of Economics: Capstone 

All Upper School students may take EL classes as electives; however, a student must complete six credit hours and Applied Models of Economics: Capstone to graduate with an EL distinction.

Senior Capstone

The program’s four-year course progression culminates in the senior capstone class, Applied Models of Economics. Capstone students work with local entrepreneurs in the first semester to gain real-world experience and then create their own ventures in the second semester. At the end of the year, students compete in a shark-tank-like competition that is judged by a well-known panel of Nashville entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. 

Yarbrough Family Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Yarbrough Family Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, inside the new Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. '52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship, features board rooms designed for client meetings and pitches; multiple collaborative learning spaces, where student teams can work together to solve critical questions; office space for future entrepreneurs-in-residence; and a makerspace outfitted with state-of-the-art technology to engineer and produce student prototypes. 

BGA Hosts Symposium on Sustainability in Entrepreneurship: Public is Invited
As part of its growing Entrepreneurship Leadership (EL) Program, Battle Ground Academy is hosting a “Sustainability in Entrepreneurship” symposium on Tuesday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship on BGA’s Glen Echo campus. It is open to the public with required registration at
At the symposium, which is supported by the Yarbrough Family Foundation, a panel of entrepreneurial leaders will discuss the importance and current footprint of sustainability in entrepreneurship. Rod Berger, partner at Strategos Group, will serve as the moderator of an esteemed panel that includes:
•Sarah Kauss, Founder of S’well
•Raven Hernandez, CEO and Founder of EarthRides
•Lee Jestings, CEO and Founder of Enexor
•Mike Williams, Director of Manufacturing at Mars Petcare
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