Academically gifted students have many opportunities at Mount St. Mary. Advanced and honors level coursework is available in all subject areas. In addition, Academy Scholars participate in a hands-on entrepreneurship curriculum through which they create and run their own small businesses, allowing them to learn and engage in creativity in an exciting way. MSM student businesses include both real products and virtual businesses, and are affiliated with two international programs: Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) and Virtual Enterprises. Our entrepreneurs have competed successfully both nationally and internationally, experiences which have guided their college plans and offered them valuable life skills.
Beginning in their sophomore year, scholars create actual, real-life small businesses. Throughout the school year and over the summer, they sell goods or services. Each spring, teams compete in the regional championships to earn a berth to the national SAGE USA competition in California.
Our longest-running SAGE team, Sweet Fortunes, won the national championship in 2015 and 2016, and has represented the United States at the SAGE World Cup in Seoul, South Korea in 2015 and the Philippines in 2016.
Virtual Enterprises International is an in-school business simulation program which focuses on college and career readiness by providing students with an understanding of business and work place challenges. Through the Virtual Enterprises program students create a virtual product business and oversee everything from human resources to marketing.
As part of VEI, our students started a virtual company called EnviroScentals which sells an array of scent-based products. Since the company’s inception in 2013, EnviroScentals has received three gold awards, every year placing among the top 20 teams in the country at VEI’s international trade fair and business plan competition in New York City.