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Academic Achievement

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Leah Blonigen

Titles: Teacher
Locations: CSE

Darcie Erie

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RMS

Amy Pirkl

Titles: Media Specialist
Locations: JCE, CSE, RHMD


What is the purpose Academic Achievement?

To assess the needs of higher level learners and provide them with opportunities for challenges in the form of 21st‚Äč Century learning styles.

To develop a holistic approach to project-based learning by incorporating depth of knowledge (DOK) strategies found with in the framework of Bloom's Taxonomy: Thinking (cognitive), Feeling (affective), and Doing (psychomotor).

Who Qualifies for Academic Achievement?

In order for students to enroll in Academic Achievement they must be in grades 3-6 and meet minimum requirements on standardized testing from three different data points. The data points for the 2016-17 school year include the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA's), FastBridge Learning (FAST), and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 

See below for details about our programs: Power Hour and Math Masters


Power Hour

Power Hour is an Academic Achievement program offered to students who don't qualify for the core Academic Achievement program but could benefit from additional programming. One of the goals for this program is to place an emphasis on higher level learning and prepare your child with the 21stCentury learning skills they will need today and in the future. Students in the program will have a lot of choice in their learning and have the ability to be self-directed. This will provide them a chance to learn and explore what interests them while using skills that can be adapted and applied to other topics and situations.

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Math Masters (grades 5 & 6)

Math Masters of Minnesota challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics, while recognizing academic effort and achievement. Students compete as individuals and in teams of five to complete written and timed math tests. There are eight rounds of competitions in all. Students are recognized with plaques, medallions and ribbons for the fact drill round, the individual rounds and the team competition. For more information, check out the Math Masters of Minnesota webpage at