New curriculum at Liberty High gets down to business

Peoria Unified School District’s Liberty High School has partnered with the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to provide students with a college preparatory program with a specialized business curriculum.

The College Prep Business Academy at Liberty High School will offer freshmen through seniors a comprehensive business program that mentors students and prepares them for college. Liberty students also will have the opportunity to take community-college courses at a discounted rate to get ahead in their university studies. The dual-enrollment courses will focus on classes most beneficial for eventual credit transfer to ASU.

“We surveyed our graduating seniors and found that many plan to major in business and eventually obtain a career within the business field,” says Liberty High School Principal Ali Bridgewater. “By partnering with the W. P. Carey School of Business, we believe we can provide specialized assistance to our students to prepare them for success after graduation.”

W. P. Carey School faculty members are consulting with Liberty teachers to assist in developing a comprehensive business curriculum. Students will focus on core business fields such as accounting, management and marketing. Students will also have access to seminars, guest speakers and student mentors from the business school, which is ranked among the Top 30 business schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“The students will be put on a path that gives them a great head start for business school in college,” says Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions. “In addition to the business-oriented courses offered at Liberty, students will also participate in a Capstone College Readiness Program offered by the W. P. Carey School at ASU’s West campus. This is a location near Liberty High that also may be ideal for these students to eventually attend college. By then, they will have met professors, advisers and W. P. Carey School students, and they will have a real advantage in adapting to college life.”

To learn more information about enrolling a student in the College Prep Business Academy at Liberty High School, call 623-773-6525or visit


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