Junior Achievement BizTown® Program

Garland ISD has partnered with Junior Achievement® of Dallas to bring the popular JA BizTown program to the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town where sixth graders will learn how to be responsible consumers, workers, and citizens. Through participating in activities that develop financial skills, managerial expertise, and civic responsibility, students will connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.


The JA BizTown curriculum supports Common Core and State Academic Standards by introducing basic business and economic concepts. Prior to attending, students will progress through 12 required teacher-taught classroom lessons covering these concepts:

  • Bank services and practices
  • Role of government in an economy
  • The role of money in a free market economy
  • Goods and services
  • Taxes and payroll
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Applying for a job
  • Understanding price, profits and production
  • Exploring different careers (including STEM)
  • Philanthropy

Attending BizTown

After completing the pre-coursework, sixth graders will travel to the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center to participate in the day-long JA BizTown simulation. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to participate in these real-world, experiential activities:

  • Managing a business
  • Taking out a loan
  • Using a debit card
  • Earning a paycheck
  • Opening a savings account
  • Paying taxes
  • Buying goods, services, and health insurance
  • Voting
  • Recycling
  • Donating to a nonprofit
  • Utilizing technology and STEM skills
  • Conducting science experiments
  • Working as a team
  • Setting goals
  • Solving problems

After the visit, students will participate in a final debriefing lesson where they reflect on their experience and further identify the relevance of classroom learning to their future goals.

2017-18 GISD attendance

All GISD sixth graders will have the opportunity to attend BizTown. Trip details and volunteer information will be sent home by each campus.

See 2017-18 BizTown Attendance Dates.

Attending from outside the district

If you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to the program, please contact Kishawna Wiggins at KWiggins@jadallas.org.


To help bring JA BizTown to life, we are partnering with several businesses and community groups. Current partnerships include American Airlines, Atmos, Wells Fargo, and Fidelity Investments, just to name a few. If your enterprise, nonprofit, or government entity is interested in partnering with the program, please contact Kishawna Wiggins at KWiggins@jadallas.org.

Volunteer opportunities

Junior Achievement of Dallas relies on local volunteers to help make their programs successful. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer interest form.

More information

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the JA Biztown program, please contact Kishawna Wiggins at KWiggins@jadallas.org.