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We are the first BET Middle School Magnet in LAUSD and offer an exciting option for students interested in the world of business, entrepreneurship, and technology:
 
  • In addition to a BET curriculum, we offer Career Technical Education (CTE). This high school and job readiness program has its own separate CTE standards and pathways in marketing, sales, and service.


  • We are also the first middle school in the U.S. to advance to the New York National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in the top 12 across the nation for the last 5 years and top 36 for 6 consecutive years (This level of competition has previously consisted of only high school students).


  • We are multinational Virtual Enterprise: Junior Ventures and Games for Change Challenge champions (5 in the last 7 years)


  • We are 4-time 1st place winners, with at least 3 BET students in the top 4 in the last 6 years at the Cal State University of Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch competition (middle school division 2018 to 2023).
 

U.S. National & Historic Accomplishments

2022-2023

New York NFTE National Finals: Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge  
 
 
    • 3 BET students to New York as part of the top 36 students competing for the best entrepreneurship and b

    • usiness plans in the nation
 
  • 13 BET students to New York national business finals in 8 years of BET’s existence
  • Top 12 in the nation the last 6 years 
  • 6 consecutive years with at least 2 BET students against the top 34 high school students across the U.S.
Damian Jimenez, Ashley Cruz Suarez, and Amy Wu at the NFTE West Regional in S.F. are Top 6 out of over 3000 make it to nationals (top 36) with their wins.
 
 

San Francisco NFTE West Regional Finals: Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge   

  • 2 BET students in top 3 vs. 3 high school students 
  • 3 BET regional finalists out of 3000 students
 

BET Middle School Students vs High Schools

NFTE Level of Competition Finalists High School Students BET Magnet Students
New York National 36 33 3
San Francisco Regional West  3 3
 

Games for Change Challenge: West Region (13 states) 

  • Five 1st Place Titles 2018-2023
  • 2023 Best Video Game: Climate Change, Zion Verceles.
 

Cal State University of Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch Competition

  • 5 consecutive titles, top 4 with at least 3 BET students in 5 of 10 years of CSU Titan Fast Business Pitch's existence
  • 3rd & 4th Place 2022-2023
  • 4 consecutive 1st Place titles 2018-2022
 

Polk Institute Business Pitch Competitions:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are BET students; 
  • 1st place for Fast Pitch competition also BET student
 
 

Virtual Enterprise: Junior Ventures National Pitch Competition: 

  • Top 25 Branding Award; 
  • 2 BET National Semi-finalists: 
  • Honorable Mention Fast Pitch 

2021-2022

  • 5-time New York National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Finals (5th consecutive year with at least 2 BET students against the top 34 high school students across the nation)
  • 18 BET students accepted (out of 20) to NFTE West Summer Program 
  • 2 BET NFTE West winners (2nd & 3rd place vs high school student) to New York to compete for $25,000.00
  • 1st Place National Business Pitch Division 1 Winner. Virtual Enterprise: Junior Ventures
  • 4-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 4-time West Region (13 states) Games for Change Challenge 1st place winner: Voice of a New Generation
  • 4 consecutive titles (1st, 2nd & 4th place) Cal State University of Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch competition
 

BET Middle School Students vs High Schools

NFTE Level of Competition Finalists High School Students BET Magnet Students
New York National Finals  36 
 
34

2
Regional Finals (L.A) 5 3 2
Semi Finals (L.A.) 15 3 12
 

2020-2021

  • Virtual Enterprise: Spring Western Trade Show Overall Best––Top 10 Firm
  • 4-time New York National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Finalists (4th consecutive year includes 3 BET students to compete in New York on October 2021)
  • 3-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 3 consecutive Cal State University of Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch titles (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place)
  • 2-time Games for Change Challenge 1st place winners for 2 different categories: Advocating for Animals & Universal Access
  • 3 Games for Change Challenge Finalists
  • 8 BET students accepted to NFTE-USC Summer Camp
Jubilee's 1st place win makes BET 4-time champions
 

BET Middle vs High Schools

NFTE Level of Competition Finalists High School Students BET Magnet Students
New York National Finals 36
 
33
 
3
Regional Finals 5 2 3
Semi Finals 17 8 9
Quarter Finals 48 36 12
 

2019-2020

  • Top 12 in the U.S. out of nearly 35,000 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) students
  • 3-time New York National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Finalists
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Mariela Cruz
  • L.A. Mayor’s Youth Council
  • 1st Place: Gold Pitch, Virtual Enterprise
  • 1st Place: Operation Hope: Business in a Box
  • 1st Place: L.A. Metro Regional NFTE Finals
  • 1st Place: Gold Pitch, Virtual Enterprise
  • 1st Place: Gold Booth Design, Virtual Enterprise
  • 1st Place: Cal State Fullerton Fast Business Pitch
 
  • 2nd place L.A. Metro Regional NFTE Finalist: Ying Jun Tan
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place: Cal State Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch 
  • 1st place Games for Change Challenge: Universal Access 
  • 1st place Games for Change Challenge: Politics & Elections & 10 Nightingale finalists
Mariela (center) dominates four major regional & national competitions

2018-2019

  • Top 3 in the nation: Operation Hope Global Forum (BET students to Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Top 12 in the U.S. (out of  34,840 NFTE students) 
  • 2-time-consecutive New York National Finalists
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the year

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place: Cal State University of Fullerton Titan Fast Business Pitch Competition
Sunny & Faye to New York

2017-2018

  • 1st middle school in the U.S. to advance to New York National Finals: Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • 1st place, Games for Change Challenge: #1 middle school video game in L.A.
  • 1st place/Best Expo; 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place: L.A. Metro Regional NFTE Finals
  • BET receives 2nd Global Enterprising Educator Award in New York (Mr. Vasquez)
 
Teresa & Phi Phi to New York

2016-2017

  • Computer Science Teachers Association and Code.org Inaugural Award for Computer Science and Innovation 
  • Out of 1,000 students across California, two BET students accepted the award from CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojciki
  • Featured in Math At Work & Shark Tank TV Show, Telemundo national & local news, front cover of LAOpinion, and laparent.com parent magazine
  • 1st BET Global Enterprising Educator Award accepted in New York (Ms. Chatzipantsios)
Angela & Crystal @ USC NFTE Regional Finals

2015-2016

  • In BET’s first year, team “F&M Foldable Skateboards” became the first founders of a middle school business to be L.A. Regional NFTE finalists." They competed against high school seniors. 
  • BET team, “Blob Dot” received the Audience Choice Award at the L.A. Regional NFTE Finals held at the Creative Artists Agency.
Freddie & Michael make history