The Terry Harvey Entrepreneur School’s (TH.E. School) goal is to enable young men traditionally at risk for gang involvement and other criminality to access a complete and holistic educational program including access to social, relational, and academic resources allowing them the advantage of a rigorous academic program focused on entrepreneurship.  This Private 5-12 educational experience provides wrap around social, academic, and economic services to maximize the potential of these youths and minimize distractions in a family type environment.  The curriculum is structured in the method aligned with the State’s Core Curriculum, with emphasis on students developing the ability to easily assess, organize, and manage voluminous and complex information, allowing timely and ethical decision making and management in the dynamic situations created by individual business ownership.  TH.E. School provides specialized learning and life skills in an attempt to compensate for what may be structural deficiencies in the home lives of these young scholars.  This provides for a fuller and more effective education through a learning environment that stimulates critical thought and growth creating well rounded, capable, positive, professional, ethical young business owners.

Mission Statement

 TH.E. School begins from the idea that success derives from receiving the right tools to succeed thru entrepreneurship. We foster a safe learning environment that stimulates ambition and professionalism as a means of encouraging each student to reach his full potential as a contributing member of society.

Key Design Elements for the Terry Harvey Entrepreneur School

THE School will provide a differentiated, academically rigorous curriculum to 5th through 12th grade students.  The young men will begin to live on campus beginning their 5th grade year.  The students will remain with a single primary instructor from 5-12th grades, allowing for continuity and consistency while allowing this instructor to serve as a mentor/father figure for those who may not have a stable home environment.  Young men will attend a class size of 15 students in order to establish a core bond of long lasting relationships.  The primary instructor will teach the core subjects while all other instruction will be provided by a specialist of the particular field of study.  TH.E. School is a private boarding School. TH.E. School will use a mock monetary system with “income” granted based on such things like community service, and academic achievement, to instill a value for these items as well as inculcating fundamental budgeting and scarce resource management skills. Students will have physical training every morning as a group to help promote strength of mind and body, a healthy spirit of competition, general wellbeing, and a sense of community.

At TH.E. School, we believe that entrepreneurial education offers the best possibility for this population to construct more just and democratic society in our globalized and intercultural world; as an alternative to the current intolerable outcomes that are statistically normal for this population.  This type of education fosters entrepreneurship and also a general understanding of commerce, business and the profit motive that all citizens increasingly need to have in today’s society, regardless of career choice.  Creating new businesses and business ideas is at the core of creating value, capitol, and wealth in this market economy driven by the fundamental economic principles of supply and demand.

There are striking similarities between many entrepreneurial competencies and “non-cognitive factors”, such as perseverance, self-efficacy, learning skills, and social skills.  Teaching these non-cognitive competencies creates a significant increase in the likelihood of success. Besides the common economic development and job creation related reasons to promote entrepreneurial education, there is also a less common but increasing emphasis on the effects entrepreneurial activities can have on students perceived relevancy, engagement, and motivation in both education and in work life. In addition, the role entrepreneurship can play in taking on important societal challenges has positioned entrepreneurial education as a means to empower people and organizations to create social value for the public good.  All of these competencies and effects work together to create a core of competent, politically, and socially relevant men to lead and guide their peers into greater prosperity and satisfaction, and away from criminality and generalized feelings malaise and hopelessness often experienced by this population.

TH.E. School’s core philosophy is outlined in key entrepreneurial competencies and their relation to cognitive and non- cognitive competencies.  Entrepreneurial competencies are defined as knowledge, skills, and attitudes that affect the willingness and ability to perform the entrepreneurial job of new value creation. For example, marketing skills can be necessary for a start-up organization to market its newly developed products, but also for a student wanting to get class-mates excited about an entrepreneurial project in order to get them to contribute to its development.  Entrepreneurship is as much about the change and learning that the individual entrepreneur experience by interacting with the environment, as it is about the change and value creation the entrepreneur causes through his/her actions. Learning and value creation are thus seen as two main aspects of entrepreneurship.  This forms the basis of a resulting definition of entrepreneurial education leaning on value creation as a main goal for students.              

Target Populations

TH.E. School intends to target the lowest ranked income districts in the city.  Our target population will be the son’s of the fatherless and the incarcerated.  Also young men in foster homes.   Academic performance is affected by factors associated with marginal poverty, lack of parental involvement, insufficient academic intervention programs, and lack of academic support.  TH.E. School plans to forge a network with grade schools throughout the district to provide impoverished boys an alternative School option.  Students will be accepted based on certain aptitude test and then are groomed and nurtured to become franchise/business owners upon 12th grade graduation.