Business & Technology Program at Reed Middle School

The Business & Technology Program at Reed Middle School is for students that are interested in learning more about careers in Business & Technology.  Students in the program will be cohorted through their CTE courses student experiences will be provided such as labs, field trips, competitions, related to Business & Technology college and careers.  This program leads into the Business & Industry Pathway at Duncanville High School, and by participating in this program, students will be prepared for success in the high school program.  The following programs of study are offered at DHS and align with the Business & Technology Program.  For more information about the High School programs and college and career opportunities within the areas of Business & Technology, see below: 

Arts/AV, Technology and Communication:  DHS Program of StudyCollege & Career Planning Guide

Information Technology:  DHS Program of StudyCollege & Career Planning Guide

Business Management & Administration:  DHS Program of StudyCollege & Career Planning Guide

Marketing:  DHS Program of StudyCollege & Career Planning Guide

Finance:  DHS Program of StudyCollege & Career Planning Guide


Business & Technology Student Course Schedules:

Students will take the core classes (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) like all students on the campus.  Students in the Business & Technology Program at Reed MS will take two CTE courses during their 7th-grade year and up to 2 CTE courses during their 8th-grade year.  Please note: students in band or choir in grade 7 will only take one CTE course and students in band/choir and athletics in grade 8 will only take 1 CTE course.  The CTE courses will be for students in the Choice Program only. 

Click here to see examples of a student's course schedule.

Students will have the opportunity to earn high school credit while in middle school.  Students will also have the opportunity to compete at the local, state, and national level in CTE clubs.

Business & Technology Program students will take the following CTE courses next year:

In grade 7, students in the program will take two semester-long Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses that will earn the 7th grader .5 high school credits. The two PLTW courses that all students in the Business & Technology Program will take are the following:

App Creators: (one semester)

This course exposes students to computer science by computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.  Students will choose a problem that interests them from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture and develop a mobile app to solve the problem.

Computer Science for Innovators & Makers: (one semester)

This course allows students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications. 

The other CTE course that students will take in grade 7 is Career Investigations with a focus on Business & Technology.  Students will be exposed to Business & Technology Colleges & Careers through field trips, guest speakers, and clubs.  

Students will participate in CTE Clubs and competitions in the area of Business & Technology.