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Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

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 & Robert N. Moore, Jr. '52 Center for Arts & 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.