Minnesota History Day

History Day is an exciting co-curricular program that encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme. Students make history come alive as their research leads to imaginative exhibits, original performances, informative documentaries and historical research papers. Each category is then divided into two divisions, junior (6th-8th grade) and senior (9th-12th) division. History Day demonstrates that students learn history when they do history. For more information, please visit the National Historical Society's website.

Junior Achievement/Titan Program

Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. For more information, please visit the Junior Achievement website.


Stock Market Game 

The Stock Market Game" Program (SMG) is a highly successful, interactive, interdisciplinary educational tool used primarily in grades 4-12. The SMG motivates learning about economics, finance, and the American economic system. Participating students meet core educational requirements while engaging in an exciting simulation of how the investment world works. For more information, please visit the Stock Market Game website.


Future Cities Competition

The Future Cities Competition provides 6th - 8th grade students an opportunity to better understand practical applications of math, science, language arts, social studies and computer learning as they plan their own cities. Students work with SimCity software with engineers assigned to support their learning to learn about cities, and develop a scale model with recycled materials. For more information, please visit the Future City Competition website.


Gathering of Champions

Each year, school officials in grades K-12 and providers of academic enrichment programs offered statewide are invited to name their top students as Minnesota's Academic All-Stars. For more information, please visit the Synergy & Leadership Exchange website.


Reach for the Stars

Programs that have received the Minnesota Academic League Council's endorsement are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, with generous support from Lifetouch Publishing. For more information, please visit synergyexchange.org/Educate/Reach.aspx.


Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon

Academic Decathlon® is a national scholastic competition for 9th through 12th graders designed to stimulate intellectual growth and encourage greater respect for knowledge. The Academic Decathlon® curriculum addresses a number of national content and curriculum standards and tests students of all skill levels in 10 events: economics, math, science, social science, literature, art, music, essay, speech and interview. More information is available here.

The rapidly-growing Academic Pentathlon® program is for 6th through 8th graders and allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon® before entering high school.

Each student experiences the decathlon challenges of rigorous team and individual competition in five events: literature, mathematics, fine arts, science and social science. The program strives to foster a greater respect for knowledge, promote wholesome inter-school academic competition, and further develop student communication skills. More information is available here.