The mission of the PreK program is to provide a safe, encouraging, hands-on environment in which to educate the whole child and ensure kindergarten readiness.

PreKindergarten Program

Achieve PreK began in the fall of 2004, and is for children who will be four-years-old on or before, September 1st. Located at Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, our PreK program is intended for children with little to no preschool experience, but are ready to stretch their imaginations and reach their greatest potential!


The three major goals of our team are the following:

  1. Prepare each child to become a global citizen through social skills, emotional development, and knowledge of the world around them

  2. Develop a life-long love for learning through experiential, hands-on learning activities

  3. Provide a solid academic foundation through the development of pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math skills



Achieve PreK meets in two half-day sessions – 7:55-10:30 am and 12:00-2:35 pm, Monday-Friday. Busing is available before and after each session.
For more information, please contact the Main Office at 651-738-4875.

PLAY is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. 

Mr. Rogers

Marlene Sorenson, PreK Coordinator
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This is my 20th year as a member of the Achieve staff. The reason I have stayed so long is really about the great students I have worked with over the years.


If something involves reading at our school, I am probably in some way involved. I started out teaching first and second grades the first few years in my career at Achieve.

I have a large family with eight grandchildren, and most of my time is spent doing things with them.  Some of my leisure hobbies are reading, cooking, sewing, crocheting and square dancing.

Jillian Tourville, PreK Teacher 

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While this is my fourth year teaching PreKindergarten at Achieve and my thirteenth year of teaching. Previously, I taught a range of ages from PreK through 5th grade. Currently, I am living in Farmington with my husband Steven, three children: Catherine (13), Dawson (6), Ashlynn (4) and our cat, Gracie.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, learning/practicing the Spanish language, reading, scrapbooking, rollerblading, drinking new types of tea (especially chai), creating Donor's Choose projects and surfing the internet for new technology!

I believe in building a sense of community in the classroom and promoting positive relationships among students and teachers. Students must feel they are in a safe, mindful, fair, and comfortable environment where they can equally contribute by sharing and gaining knowledge. I believe all students are capable of learning.


My goal as an educator is to ensure every student reaches his or her full academic potential. I'm a strong advocate of preschool not only preparing students for success in Kindergarten, but for preparing children to become confident in themselves, gain independence, embrace/explore their cultural identity, and most importantly, to enjoy coming to school every day.

Amber Boie

Educational Assistant, PreK

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My name is Amber Boie and I love working in early childhood education! This is my second year at Achieve Language Academy. I have had many years of experience in schools including daycare settings and Montessori schools. I graduated with my Associates Degree and plan on returning to school to pursue my teaching license! In my spare time I enjoy being with family, reading books, and listening to music.

Achieve Language Academy, a caring preK-8 public school in St. Paul, MN

2169 Stillwater Avenue E

St. Paul, MN 55119
Phone 651-738-4875
Fax 651-738-8268

Office Hours

8:30 am-4 pm, M-F 

School Hours

8:05 am-2:35 pm, M-F

Extended Care Hours

6:55-7:50 am and

after school in partnership with Conway Kids Time

Achieve Language Academy, a caring preK-8 public school in St. Paul, MN

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