The course teaches students the fundamentals, tools, and frameworks of strategy within multiple critical disciplines, and more importantly, apply those skills to real world Fortune 1000 level case studies, including ones from Harvard Business School.
Become more competitive on the college app
Leave the class having developed strategies for Fortune 1000 level problems by practicing on real world case studies including ones from Harvard Business School (Learn More)
Gain experience in strategy (Learn More)
Who is this for
- Students who are interested in majoring and/or applying for economics/management majors
- Students who want to stand out on the college application
- Students who want to be managers, VPs, or CEOs later on in life
- Students who want to learn something practical and useful
- Students who are planning on focusing on other majors (Engineering / Medical / Law), but want to be an all-around intellectual athlete
Curriculum Highlights / Benefits
“Academic criteria are important to Yale’s selective admissions process, but we look at far more than test scores and grades”
“Every applicant brings something unique to the admissions committee table. Perhaps one application stands out because of sparkling recommendations, while another presents outstanding extracurricular talent; maybe your personality shines through a powerful written voice”
“Even perfect test scores don't guarantee admission. Far from it: 69 percent of Stanford's applicants over the past five years with SATs of 2400 — the highest score possible — didn't get in”
“Of course academic credentials are important, but we're also looking for evidence that this young person has a passion, that he or she will bring something to our community that is unique.”
Become more competitive on the college app
1. Differentiate yourself in the Extracurricular section of the application
All Universities, especially the top ones, are looking very closely at the extracurricular section of the application to differentiate candidates. In many cases, as publicly stated by Yale and Stanford, students can beat students with higher GPAs/SAT scores by demonstrating outstanding extracurricular abilities. Admissions officers want applicants that can demonstrate their real world talents and ability to grow beyond the school classroom. This is what our Mini MBA (strategy) class does. There’s no other better way to demonstrate a student’s outstanding extracurricular talent then by being able to take Fortune 1000 level problems and be able to architect the optimal strategies to solving those problems.
2. Write an essay that stands out to a college admissions officer
Almost every student writes about the same things for their college admissions essays: volunteering, leadership, family experiences…To stand out, an admissions officer must be able to envision what a student can achieve after graduating from the University, and that means students must write about their proven ability to achieve into the future. This is why we focus on having students solve real world Fortune 1000 level problems and practicing their skills on case studies including ones from Harvard Business School. This is the foundation to gaining more achievements, doing better in competitions, and landing an internship at a young age, which means more meaningful experiences to draw from on their essays.
3. Stand out on the college app by landing internships
There is nothing more impressive on a college app than landing a real internship at a real company doing real work – not filing papers and getting coffee. The problem is that it’s very difficult to land internships doing actual work, especially in high school when students haven’t had the right training. We provide that exact training. This is why it’s important that we not only teach the tools to optimally strategize in multiple disciplines, but more importantly, apply them to solving real world Fortune 1000 level problems and case studies. This way, companies will want to give them an internship since they’ve already been trained. This in turn will show that they can be outstanding in the real world and not just in the classroom, which is very important to Universities.
4. Gain outstanding recommendation letters from highly credible people
Recommendation letters are one of the most important differentiating factors to being accepted into a University. A good one can help a student stand out and a mediocre one is just as unhelpful as a bad one. This course is a safe and fast-paced learning environment where students are learning very intense material and more importantly, making their mistakes with us. This way when they are in moments where it counts (internships, other extracurricular, competitions, in front of coaches) they aren’t learning, but instead are focused on impressing.
5. Win more competitions, scholarships, and grants to increase your credibility with admissions officers
Doing well in DECA, FBLA, and other business/strategy competitions or winning highly coveted scholarships or grants, are important in the eyes of a college admissions officer because it gives a student’s application credibility. Credibility is one of the best ways to stand out and give them an edge. Our programs are designed to sharpen their thinking skills and also provide them with valuable information that they can use in turn to win more competitions, scholarships, and grants – and ultimately help bring more credibility to their college application.
6. Show Universities you can pass a rigorous course
The whole point of AP and Honors classes is that a student can show Universities they are capable of material above and beyond their current age group. This is no different. This course is based on solving real world Fortune 1000 level problems and practicing their skills on case studies including ones from Harvard Business School. This means solving real problems, and working on real solutions. This is beyond college level material. This truly involves pushing their thinking skills, learning skills, and intelligence to a higher level. When a student passes, they will be able to demonstrate to Universities that they have the ability to think and work at a much higher level than other applicants. This in turn helps them stand out where it matters most – in the eyes of the admissions officer.
1. Sharpen and highlight your problem solving, critical thinking, and strategy skills
No matter what a student does in life, it will for sure involve problem solving and critical thinking. These are skills that need to be practiced, honed, and challenged in order to grow. Our classes exercise that part of the brain heavily. Students leave our class better problem solvers and more creative critical thinkers based on the fact that they solve real Fortune 1000 level problems and in doing so, they’re able to think through any problem/situation, develop the decision-tree, and figure out the optimal outcome for any problems they may encounter.
2. Full learning experience – Learn more than just the definition. Practice thinking through the strategy of multiple critical disciplines
Being able to recall the definition of certain items is not helpful in a student’s ability to solve problems better, their journey to become self-sufficient, their internships, or anything else for that matter. No problem has ever been solved by purely knowing the definition. This course focuses on not only teaching the students the fundamental knowledge they need to know, but more importantly, how to exercise that specific part of the brain that allows them to use that information to create solutions where others only see problems.
3. Learn to speak like an executive – articulate, concise, coherent, and persuasive
Thinking and solving problems is always a great trait to have. But the problem is that if a student cannot have others understand the solutions they’ve developed, it is as unhelpful as never coming up with the solution at all. The world, no matter if they’re a programmer, scientist, architect, doctor, or a CEO, it all involves people and being able to effectively communicate their logic, their thoughts, how they’re perceiving the problem, and more importantly, how they arrived at the optimal solution which is a skillset that separates the good from the leaders.
4. Go through the same type of mental exercises that managers, directors, vice presidents, and CEOs go through
What separates somebody from staying low level versus becoming a manager and beyond is their ability to think through a problem that others are not trained to think through and be able to articulate that strategy to individuals who need guidance. This course teaches students how to think at that level. Instead of maybe getting lucky and finding a good mentor who will show them the answers, they go through a 3-month course where they learn all the specific essentials to think through all the same problems that everyone from managers to CEOs think through.
5. Be able to think on your feet and process information faster
Like any master of a topic, it always starts with ruthless practice. Strategy, problem solving, and critical thinking are no different. In order to think faster on their feet and process information faster, just like playing the piano at a master level, they need to free their mind of focusing on the basics and focus on what matters, the performance, and in this case, the solution. This course not only gives students the tools, but allows them the ability to practice not only in the class, but beyond the class so that when they’re in a moment when it matters most in their life, they’re able to solve the problem efficiently and effectively.
Leave the class having developed strategies for Fortune 1000 level problems by practicing on real world case studies including ones from Harvard Business School
Our class is designed to not only give a student the tools to strategize through multiple disciplines, but actually apply it to real situations. By being able to take Fortune 1000 level problems and architecting the optimal strategies to solving these problems, they are able to see and understand how and why certain tools are used and at which time to use them.
Gain experience in strategy
Have an experience that is personally useful that a student can have underneath their belt and rely on. Since the students focus on solving real Fortune 1000 level problems, they leave the class with truly valuable and marketable skills that they can rely on for the rest of their life. It’s not something like memorizing a date- they actually leave with tangible skills.
Week 1 - Introduction / Organization Structure Overview
Week 2 - Persuasion / Leadership / Psychology Strategy
Week 3 - Negotiation Strategy
Week 4 - Corporate Strategy
Week 5 - Growth & Sales Strategy
Week 6 - Product Development / Compensation Strategy
Week 7 - Supply Chain Management Strategy
Week 8 - Digital Marketing Strategy
Week 9 - Legal Strategy
Week 10 - Venture Capital / Entrepreneurship Strategy
We encourage parents to enroll their students early as we are fully booked quickly. Once you click Enroll Now, you will given exact instructions on how to become enrolled in this class.
Class Times & Locations
Both online & in-person class options available (based on availability)
*There are 10 classes total, each class is 3 hours long.
School Year Classes (Fall/Winter/Spring) are held on Saturday &
Sunday 1x/week for 10 weeks.
Summer Classes are held Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and are
2x/week for 5 weeks.
Please be aware, we do our best to fit as many students in a class, however, due to demand we are first come first serve.
(meets 1x per week)
Last day to register: Saturday, October 5th
Instruction begin week of: Saturday, October 12th
Instruction ends week of: Saturday, December 14th
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Last day to register: Saturday, January 4th
Instruction begin week of: Saturday, January 11th
Instruction ends week of: Saturday, March 14th
(meets 1x per week)
Last day to register: Saturday, March 14th
Instruction begin week of: Saturday, March 21st
Instruction ends week of: Saturday, May 23rd
Best Friends Learning Center
42080 Osgood Rd #1
Fremont, CA 94539
Class time options
Classes are held 9am-9pm. Specific class blocks are based on availability. Call in to find times convenient to your schedule.
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2. Tell us what class, location and times you would like to try to enroll for
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After that, consider your child enrolled!
*Please be aware, we do our best to fit as many students in a class, however, due to demand we are first come first serve.