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ACHIEVE! Christian Academy

Where critical thinking happens

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Location:  St. Cloud, MN


Course Descriptions


American History I & II - 2 Semesters
1 hour
Exploring America by Ray Notgrass is an American History high school curriculum. It provides one full-year of credit in American History, English (literature and composition), and Bible.
Your high school student will gain a rich understanding of our nation's past by reading the history narrative and primary source documents of the founding of America, reading classic American literature, completing writing assignments and hands-on projects, and studying what the Bible says about issues and ideas in history. Students will be guided through the story of our country from the first European explorers to the present.  Great emphasis is placed on original documents and speeches.  First semester begins with Columbus through the Reconstruction.  Second semester begins with the late 1800s through the present.  Students will write 2 research papers on a historical event of their choosing (one each semester).  
American Literature & Composition - 2 Semesters
1 hour
With the Notgrass Exploring America curriculum, your high school student will gain a rich understanding of our nation's past by reading classic American literature and completing writing assignments, including two research papers. Classics students will read throughout the academic school year include: The Scarlet Letter, Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Co. Aytch, Humorous Stories and Sketches, In His Steps, Up From Slavery, Mama's Bank Account, Miracle in the Hills, To Kill a Mockingbird & The Giver. In addition, students will read memoirs, short stories, essays, autobiographies, poems and other great literature Americans have produced.
Bible Studies - 2 Semesters
Through the Notgrass Explore America curriculum and the Bible, students dig into spiritual trends and issues in American history and explore the significance of faith with regard to history. Faith is connected with history in two ways. First, people have often been motivated to act because of their faith in God. Second, students are encouraged to think about faith lessons that they can learn from people and events in history. A study of history can inform, challenge, and strengthen our own faith. In addition, students will memorize select Bible passages.  The Bible studies will be interspersed between the American History and American Literature courses and although students will receive a full credit on their transcript, it does not have its own one hour of classroom time in community. 
Personal Finance - 2 Semesters
1 hour
When students graduate school and leave home, they will need to make financial decisions for themselves. This textbook focuses primarily on personal finances, including understanding checking accounts & savings accounts, bank reconciliation , calculating hours worked and payroll taxes, buying and selling stocks & bonds, understanding credit card charges, filling out income taxes, calculating transportation, food, clothing & housing costs, calculating interest, budgeting & more. Each topic helps prepare students to think practically and wisely about their financial decisions.
American Government - 1 Semester (Fall)
1 hour
Your child will get a firm Christian foundation that the United States was founded upon through the one-semester study of American Government. With a detailed presentation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, your child will be able to see the emphasis on limited government that was intended by the Founding Fathers. Clearly display the 3 branches of government along with the responsibilities that citizens have to the government. Complete with section and chapter reviews, quizzes and tests, profiles on great Americans, and over 150 pictures and graphs to explain government processes and procedures, your child will see how the United States' government allows her citizens the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Studies also include memory work, such as select Bible verses, "The Star Spangled Banner," the Preamble to the Constitution and essays.  
Intro to Economics - 1 Semester (Spring)
1 hour
Intro to Economics teaches economic principals from a conservative approach. Students will study the biographies of 15 influential economists, comparative economic systems, business & competition, money & banking, national economic concerns such as productivity, unemployment and inflation, supply & demand, the circular flow of income and products, and analysis of personal economic concerns such as budgeting, managing credit, saving & financial planning. This course promotes critically thinking and free-market ideals. Scriptural principals are applied to all areas of economics.
Introductory Logic - 1 Semester (Fall)
1 hour
Logic is the art of reasoning well--of learning to think God's thoughts after him.


Students will be introduced to the basic terms and definitions used in logic; statements and their relationships, including the Square of Opposition; syllogisms and their validity; arguments in normal English; and informal fallacies. Organized into five units, each lesson is followed by one or two exercises; units conclude with a set of review questions and review exercises. NKJV Scripture used.
Intermediate Logic - 1 Semester (Spring)
1 hour
Logic is the art of reasoning well--of learning to think God's thoughts after him. In this book, students builds on the foundation of Introductory Logic to explore the more challenging terrain of formal, propositional logic.
Students are introduced to the basics of propositional arguments; how to determine the validity of propositional arguments; how to write formal proofs; how to use the technique of "truth trees" to determine consistency, self-contradiction, tautology, equivalence, and validity; how to apply such tools to arguments found in real life; and digital logic. NKJV Scripture used.
Career Exploration - 1 Semester (Fall)
1 hour
This course will help your student determine the best career path for them based on their personal traits and interests by using free online self-assessments and by researching different careers. Lessons help students to better understand themselves, identify their vocational interests, explore careers, and confirm their career interests by connecting with professionals in the community. Career research includes investigating job responsibilities, educational requirements and earning potential.
Career Preparation - 1 Semester (Spring)
1 hour
Students are guided through the process of completing a capstone project in their career area of interest, build a resume, and identify transferable job skills that are valuable to any career they choose. Internships, volunteering, or starting a micro-business provides students real-world, hands-on experience while cultivating valuable employment skills.