Our Innovation Academy gives students the opportunity to explore career path interests in entrepreneurship and technology. We partner with Schoolyard Ventures, a unique program that allows students to create their own business. For students interested in pursuing proficiency in technology, we offer Microsoft® IT Academy courses which prepare students for certification exams in various Microsoft® software projects.

  • This is the first course in a continuum that introduces students to the building blocks necessary to select and prepare for a career. Students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio.

    This is the second course in the continuum. Students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio.

    This is the third course in the continuum. Students explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, and work to develop a high school and college/career plan. Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a career portfolio.

    The graduation project is the culmination of knowledge, skills, and experience achieved throughout a student’s high school career. The complete project will be presented to the Graduation Project Advisor who will ensure that all specific project requirements have been completed as mandated by the state and assign a presentation date. The graduation project must be completed in order to fulfill student graduation requirements.

    This course will focus on the basics of combining text with images to create things such as advertisements or book or album covers. Advertising techniques as well as the power of visual communication will be reviewed.

    This course will teach students the basic skills of Microsoft® Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. By the end of the course, students will be able to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and use e-mail effectively.

    In this course, students will learn the essentials of creating spreadsheets. Some of the topics covered include creating and saving workbooks; creating and managing large workbooks, tables, and charts; using formulas and basic functions and formatting text; and sharing and protecting spreadsheets and working with templates, among various other topics.

    In this course, students will discover how to create and edit presentations. Some of the topics covered include inserting and modifying clip art; formatting and proofing presentation text; and creating a custom layout for slides, among various other topics.

    In this course, students will learn the essentials of Microsoft® Word. Topics covered include creating, navigating, and saving documents; checking spelling and grammar; adding graphics and clip art and inserting hyperlinks and WordArt; and working with outlines, columns, tables, diagrams, and drawing tools, among various other topics.

  • Under Construction/Enrollment-Driven Courses

    This course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. It introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language.

    This course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level computing course. Students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them.

    This course provides for an overview of the concepts that will be covered on the Microsoft IT Academy Exam 98-361: Software Development Fundamentals. The content is introductory level and helps students understand the various aspects of software development. The course focuses on key fundamental concepts of software development programs that all software developers need to know.

    This course provides an introduction to help you learn HTML5. Students will explore the application life cycle, building the user interface, and CSS essentials, including managing text flow and managing the graphical interface by using CSS, JavaScript, and coding essentials. Students will also learn about creating animations, graphics, accessing data, and JavaScript coding for the touch interface.

  • Achievement House has an exciting opportunity through Startup Corps. Startup Corps helps teens learn to create value for themselves, others and the world through entrepreneurship.

    • Since 2009, over 200 students have worked with Startup Corps to launch for-profit ventures, non-profit social enterprises, school clubs, and movements of like-minded individuals. Music labels, neighborhood clean-up projects, a restaurant, and software development companies are just some of the student led initiatives that have resulted.
    • While each outcome is unique, most students learn that nurturing an idea from a concept to reality is hard work, but achievable if you are motivated and are empowered by a supportive network.
    • Our high school students who meet criteria are eligible to be involved with this exciting program.

    Read about one of our successful Schoolyard Ventures students.

    Course description coming soon!

    Course description coming soon!

    Pre-Requisite: Schoolyard Ventures Boot Camp

  • This course is designed to promote computer literacy by providing the necessary tools for cyber students to thrive and succeed. Students will be introduced to the essentials of Microsoft® PowerPoint, and will complete lessons in typing. Internet safety and netiquette topics will also be covered.

    This course is designed to promote computer literacy by providing the necessary tools for cyber students to thrive and succeed. Students will be introduced to the essentials of Microsoft® Word, and will complete lessons in computer program coding. The course will be supplemented with additional course content and resources as needed.