Educators are critical to the success of Junior Achievement!

Our comprehensive curriculum, developed in partnership with educators, reinforces and supplements national common core requirements from kindergarten through high school.educators

Correlations with Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards Correlation English/Language Arts and Mathematics Standards:

By inviting JA into your classroom, you gain access to programs that reinforce your class curricula, while empowering students to believe in themselves. Junior Achievement helps your students envision the possibilities of what they can be by helping them see the value of staying in school. Our interactive curriculum engages and excites students, leading to stronger critical thinking and decision-making skills and more confidence.

Educators consistently tell us that the JA programs are easy to integrate and have significant impact. Our programs are delivered at no cost to participating schools and students.

What Teachers are Saying about JA

The students are much more forward thinking now about careers and work. [The] outside prospective and engaging lessons and discussion were a much needed component to helping our students think about work and careers.
- Julie, special education teacher
It’s never too early to be exposed to future career opportunities and JA makes it fun.
- Al, 8th grade teacher
Our high school students have so enjoyed JA speakers who come with real world skills and experience to share.  In all the years of partnering with JA, we have never been disappointed with the quality of their presenters.
- Gilda, high school teacher
Students learned where taxes come from and how they impact their own communities and neighbors.  In the end, they all wanted to be entrepreneurs!
- Angel, 2nd grade teacher
I enjoyed the program as much as my students. It gives the students a chance to think beyond their own neighborhood.
- Beth, 6th grade teacher

Free Educational Apps

Assembling Your Career Screenshot

JA Assembling Your Career promotes the valuable involvement of teachers, corporate volunteers, and non-profit youth programs to engage middle and high school students in STEM Careers. The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers and the online tools provide practical information about STEM careers and ways for students to prepare for these high-demand careers while still in school.

Following participation in the supplement, students will be able to:

  • Articulate why STEM careers and STEM skills are important to their futures, regardless
    of where they live now or where they choose to live as an adult.
  • Identify two-three STEM fields that they wish to explore beyond these activities.
  • Chart a path to get them from where they are now to a STEM career.

Junior Achievement gratefully acknowledges the Alcoa Foundation for its dedication to the development and implementation of the digital supplement JA Assembling Your Career.                    

Junior Achievement appreciates its partnership with the Alcoa Foundation to help provide middle school and high school students with practical information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers and ways students can prepare for these careers while still in school.

Learn more about our apps geared toward students here.

Preparation for the Real World:

95% of teachers report that students who participate in Junior Achievement have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree or strongly agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world.

Educator-Respected and –Recommended:

96% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend.