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Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality 


In the Elevate Rapid City Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality, students will increase their knowledge and skills in areas including ethics, financial principles & money management, building professional working relationships, marketing & advertising, hotel & restaurant management, and proper techniques of food preparation, safety, and service.


The Business Management & Entrepreneurship pathway will allow students to explore business ownership, entrepreneurial endeavors, and gain the skills to confidently pursue their personal and professional career goals. This pathway will give students foundational business and workplace skills necessary to pursue a successful career in business management, marketing, and advertising.

The Finance & Accounting pathway will provide students with critical insights into key financial concepts including money management principles, accounting, financial planning and investing strategies. This pathway is under development.

The Hospitality & Culinary Arts pathway will allow students to increase their knowledge about career opportunities in hotel & restaurant management, culinary food preparation safety, and service skills.


Academy Coursework

Students selecting the Elevate Rapid City Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality will have access to course options that are selected and organized around a career theme and offered in a planned sequence of courses that moved from general knowledge to deeper skills. These courses meet the required RCAS Academies credits required for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond.

Academy Stack 22222222222Capstone or Pathway Specialized Course Options

  • Advanced Computer Applications
  • Job Shadow and Youth Internship
  • Service Learning

Pathway Foundational Course Options

  • Culinary Arts
  • Business Law
  • Marketing Principles
  • Nutrition and Wellness

Introduction to Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality


In addition to required coursework, students in this academy are encouraged to select supporting coursework and electives that will not only enhance their high school experience, but directly align to college and career opportunities.

Advanced Computer Applications

Business & Technical Writing


Math Elective

  • Probability and Statistics
  • AP Statistics
Language Arts Elective

  • AP or Dual Credit

Social Studies Elective

  • Economics
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Psychology (Regular, AP, or Dual Credit)


Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

CTSOs enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. For a complete listing of RCAS CTSOs, click here.


FBLA LogoThe Elevate Rapid City Academy of Business, Entrepreneurship, & Hospitality supports FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.


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The purpose of the RCAS Academies is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.


This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.


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21st Century Skills

The RCAS Academies will prepare students to graduate with the necessary skills and competencies that support the RCAS Profile of a Graduate.


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Each academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized industry certification.

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Earning College Credit

All academies will allow students the opportunity to earn college credit aligned their selected pathway.

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Business and community partnerships are an integral piece of the RCAS Academies model.

There are currently more than 215 partners working with our students grades K-12 in career-connected learning opportunities.

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Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning allows students to learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.


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Work-based Learning

Job Shadow, Internship, and Service Learning opportunities allow students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning.

Graduation Requirements

As part of the RCAS Academies, every RCAS high school student will take a one-semester Freshman Seminar course. This course will provide students’ important skills for high school, future workplace success, and introduce them to the RCAS Academies. Each student will take an Academy Introductory Course in one of the six academies housed at our two comprehensive high schools. This course is designed to guide exploration of their chosen academy and help students to select a pathway to enter in 11th grade. To learn more about the graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, click here.


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