Elementary school students are not old enough to drive, work, vote, or be the boss. But that doesn’t stop them from operating banks, managing restaurants, writing checks, and using teamwork and problem solving at JA BizTown®!
Created in 2001 JA Biztown is a program for elementary school students.
The program combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated town facility.
The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated community designed to support differentiated learning styles, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy.
JA BizTown experience is a balance between class room instruction and a one day hands on experiential learn experience in a replica small town.
Students participate in the visit with follow-up lessons that allow for a more well-rounded learning experience. These lessons provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their experience and further identify the relevance of classroom learning to their future plans and goals.
JA BizTown’s curriculum aligns with both North and South Carolina’s Essential Education Standards and the National Common Core Education Standards
Charlotte Rotary provides more than a dozen Rotarians to participate and mentor the businesses during a JA Biz day.
In addition, Charlotte Rotary has provided more than $43,000 worth of funding since its inception.