The Village School Launches its Entrepreneurship Diploma with Bridges to Wealth at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Village School, the largest private school in Houston, announced
today it is offering its high school students a four-year
Entrepreneurship Diploma with Founding Partner Bridges
to Wealth
at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Village’s commitment to providing innovative methods of teaching to
prepare its student leaders for college and beyond closely aligns with
Bridges to Wealth’s mission to empower youth with business literacy
knowledge and 21st century life skills.

To help students develop critical thinking, professional, and leadership
skills, Village partnered with Bridges to Wealth, which sets the
standard for curricula and courses in business and entrepreneurship
education, to provide the unique Entrepreneurship Diploma. With
curricula created by Wharton Professor Dr. Keith Weigelt, the Diploma
positions students to develop the financial literacy, creative and
integrative-thinking, decision-making, collaborative, and strategy-based
skillset to launch their own business ideas and tackle global challenges
in the 21st century, global, and dynamic workplace.

“As educators, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our children are
on track for success beyond their academic careers,” said Gabriella
Rowe, Head of School at The Village School. “By providing our students
with opportunities to immerse themselves in the realities of the working
world, we’re helping them develop skills to thrive at jobs that don’t
even exist yet, and navigate the ever-changing, global economy.”

Incoming freshman at Village have the opportunity to enroll in the
Entrepreneurship Diploma, which focuses on teaching finance, leadership
development, negotiations, decision-making, marketing, strategy, private
equity and venture capital, money management, and more. Within the
Diploma, students can specialize in either the Engineering or
Social Enterprise track. Both tracks are taught by industry-leading
professionals and entrepreneurs, and expose students to the fundamentals
of entrepreneurship. Specifically:

• The Engineering Track focuses on “product-driven
entrepreneurship,” and teaches how to apply entrepreneurship
concepts to quantitative data analysis, engineering, and STEAM.

• The Social Enterprise Track focuses on “process-driven
entrepreneurship,” and participants learn how to create,
implement, and evaluate processes that drive social


Both tracks culminate in a Capstone experience in which students work
with a non-profit or business to identify a community or industry need.
With mentorship from entrepreneurs and professors, students must
research, create, execute, and evaluate a tangible solution
that addresses that need. These real-world learning experiences are
student-centered and problem-based, enable students to develop business
literacy and interpersonal skills, and are an integral part of the
Entrepreneurship Diploma.

“Our students are keenly aware of the challenges facing our local and
global communities, and bring new ideas to tackling these challenges.
With the Entrepreneurship Diploma now at Village, we’re preparing
students to think and act as entrepreneurs, and providing them with
opportunities to change their world, and change it now,” said Christine
Galib, Entrepreneurship Diploma Director, Entrepreneurship Instructor,
and Wellness Director at The Village School. Prior to Village, Galib
co-founded an investment management team on Wall Street, served as a
Teach For America Corps Member, and founded her own health and wellness
consulting company.

Village’s Entrepreneurship Diploma enables students to take coursework
across numerous disciplines, integrating cross-curricular content and
skills, and consists of the following modules:

Entrepreneurship: Students gain skills in lateral
thinking, sales and marketing, pricing strategies, operations and
HR management, cost analysis, budgeting and accounting,
decision-making, relationship management, and presentation skills.

Leadership Development: Students learn the traits of
strong leaders and develop written, verbal, presentation, and
collaboration skills.

Private Equity and Venture Capital: This course
introduces students to an understanding of PE and VC, and provides
a primer on investing, managing capital, and understanding risk.

Strategy and Marketing: This course teaches an
understanding of how marketing strategy applies to a business

Decision Making: Students learn the nuances of decision
making, and gain familiarity with frameworks and tools for doing

Financial Literacy: This course introduces students to
budgeting, managing credit, reducing debt, and thinking as an
owner of their finances. Students learn about the stock market,
checking, savings, and retirement accounts, compound interest, and
gain skills using Excel.

Negotiations: Students learn about the frameworks and
tools for rational and informed decisions, and strategies and
tactics for negotiating and bargaining.


For more information on Village’s Entrepreneurship Diploma or to enroll
your student, contact Christine Galib by email at
or by calling 281-496-7900.

About The Village School

The Village School, founded in 1966, has a tradition of rigorous and
highly personalized learning paired with hands-on innovative methods of
teaching. Located in the energy corridor of Houston, Village offers an
American educational experience to its diverse and international student
body who represent six continents and more than 60 countries. The
Village School is known for its excellence in math and science, and
recently announced a new collaboration with The Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT), which will enhance its widely-recognized STEAM

Of the top 15 engineering undergraduate programs as ranked by US News
and World Report, the Class of 2016 had 69 students admitted to 12 of
the top 15 schools, such as MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. In August 2016,
The Village School opened its French-English Bilingual Program. Limited
placements for Preschool 2’s through grade 12. An International
Baccalaureate School. For a private tour contact
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For The Village School
Taylor Trovillion