Simulated Learning Programs

JA Capstone Programs are the culmination of classroom study. They provide on-site or virtual experiential activities that allow students to apply knowledge they learned in classrooms to real world situations.


JA Dallas offers two JA Capstone Programs: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.


Grades 4-6

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. Through in-class lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in a simulated community, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills as they build the foundation in business, economics, and free enterprise. Students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy.

JA BizTown program details:

  • 12 in-class teacher-led sessions to prepare for the simulation
  • Participation in JA BizTown simulation

In-Person Simulation

4 ½ hour visit to the JA BizTown mini-city facility comprised of 15 life-sized Dallas businesses where students use the lessons learned in the classroom to run a business, earn paychecks, open bank accounts, pay taxes, vote, and are challenged to earn a profit in their business. Their experience is monumental and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and academic achievement.

Virtual Simulation

Our web-based JA BizTown simulation transports students into the world of e-commerce right from their computer or tablet. Students use the lessons learned in the classroom to run a virtual business, experience digital marketing, earn paychecks, open bank accounts, pay taxes, vote, all while being challenged to earn a profit in their virtual business.

  • 1 in-class session after the simulation for students to reflect on their experience



TEKS Alignment


Request a Program

To register your class or for more information, please contact Amanda Ramirez at aramirez@jadallas.org