Accounting Program Information for High School Students

Financial accounting is one of the most challenging courses in the business curriculum. Early exposure to accounting can help students successfully complete college coursework required for business and accounting majors. 

Opportunities for In-District High School Students

The Annual High School Accounting Contest is held each spring at Harper. Students from High School Districts 211, 214, and 220 are on campus for a day of exciting activities, including a rigorous examination, guest speakers that discuss career opportunities in the accounting, a campus tour and lunch. Awards are given for top scores. Spring 2017 contest information TBA.

Students participating in the Credit by Exam program can earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.

Students in Districts 214 and 220 can enroll in College Accounting at their high schools. This course is taught using the same curriculum and textbook as students taking Introduction to ACC 101 Financial Accounting at Harper College.

Students, accompanied by their high school accounting instructors, come to the Harper Campus on a prearranged date to take the ACC101 Proficiency Examination. Students that pass the examination are awarded “Credit by Examination” for ACC 101 on their transcripts. 

Students that are awarded credit are encouraged to complete ACC102 at Harper before transferring to a four-year college. Students that do not pass the examination are encouraged to complete ACC101 at Harper College, since this class aligns with the high school coursework, and the exposure will lend to better success. Students that are absent from the prearranged Harper examination day, or that would like to retest, may take the Proficiency Examination by following Harper’s Proficiency Examination Procedures.

Enroll in a Harper course and receive college credit while still in high school--either during the school year or summer. Learn more about Concurrent Enrollment.