Providing an exceptional college preparatory education with a global perspective grounded in Biblical truth.
St. Croix Lutheran Academy's culturally-diverse grade 6-12 community includes students from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, across the United States, and to date, from over 40 countries across five continents.
St. Croix Lutheran Academy Overview
Since 1958, SCL has been preparing young people to be successful citizens in an ever-changing world. As a Christian school, SCL takes great care in providing a Christ-centered, Bible-based education in a supportive community where students can grow spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Supported by 30 partner churches and schools (WELS/ELS), faithful benefactors, and a strong endowment, SCL is founded upon a rich history grounded in the truths of God's word.
St. Croix Lutheran Academy is the global leader in Christian education, welcoming students in grades 6-12 from all backgrounds since 1958. The culturally-diverse community includes students from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, across the United States, and to date, from over 40 countries across five continents.
Located on 30 acres overlooking Thompson Lake, the campus supports the mission of educating the total student – spiritually, intellectually and physically. Here students will be part of a caring, supportive community where they will make new friends and discover their potential.
A private, Christian middle school (gr. 6-8) and college preparatory high school (gr. 9-12)
Serving students from the Twin Cities metro area, across the United States, and around the world
International program of 125 students from across five continents
Student/teacher ratio of 13:1
Average class size is 20
70% of staff holds master's degrees or higher
Students consistently score at or above Minnesota average on ACT and SAT
95% of graduates continue to post-secondary studies
Accredited by Minnesota Non-public School Accreditation Association (MNSAA)
Member of the Association of Lutheran High Schools; recognized for exemplary ministry to young people
Member of Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF
A beautiful, award-winning chapel used for daily student chapel services, music practice sessions, and special events.
Athletic facilities — Crusader stadium (soccer, football, track), a three-court gymnasium with home and visitor seating, baseball and softball fields and dugouts, tennis courts, and numerous soccer and football practice fields.
Clean, comfortable classrooms with interactive whiteboard or smart TV technology.
State-of-the-art science classrooms and equipment.
A 350-seat auditorium for drama, musical, and special events.
A student commons used as a cafeteria, gathering place for students, and special events area.
A library media center for student study hall and research resources.
Chromebook and Google school technology for the middle school.
A bring-your-own-device program for the high school.
100% wireless connectivity.
A modern on-campus dormitory for long-distance and international students.
Safety features including timed entryways, surveillance cameras, and a dedicated safety team.
Located on 30 acres overlooking Thompson Lake, a few minutes from downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Croix Lutheran offers a university-preparatory program of education for grades 6-12 that has a reputation for excellence in a friendly and safe environment. While maintaining high academic standards, St. Croix Lutheran supports a portion of its 500 students through its English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students are challenged and supported by master's level instructors and benefit from an average class size of 20 that offers a student-to-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. This structure enables matriculation to top universities in America.
A St. Croix education is an excellent value for international students. We are an “affordable school” in comparison with other schools with similar advanced academic programs. Visit Boarding School Review online to learn more. St. Croix's low tuition and fees often allow the children of professors, small business leaders, and doctors to attend the school for multiple years. Thanks to tremendous constituent support, our high-quality program is affordable at a lower cost than other schools with similar advanced academic programs.
International students at St. Croix Lutheran experience a broad interaction of cultures in daily life and through organized programming. Many students have the chance to live in the same room with a student from America or may be paired with a roommate from a different country or continent. A variety of orientation games helps students gain a better understanding of conversational English while developing close friendships with other students of similar ages. Designed cultural experiences and a cross-cultural mentoring program enable international students to find success inside and outside of the classroom. International students also have opportunities to share their own cultural background by presenting to school groups and showing friends the unique and interesting aspects of life at home.
Join a community of lifelong learners where talents are developed in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the concert hall to become productive citizens and leaders in an increasingly global society.
“St. Croix is a great school because they care about students. They provided me with a caring community and a support system which I desperately needed because I was far from my home and family.” Daniel Yan, 1999 SCLHS Valedictorian, Cornell University, Senior Business Executive at Capital One.
St. Croix is recognized by the State of Minnesota Department of Education and accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association
In addition to SCL's regular special services, an International Advisor supports all international students with day-to-day needs, communicates with parents, and assists with necessary personal needs.
ESL Courses Included
Two levels of English Second Language Courses are offered, as well as ESL U.S. History. Many new students choose to come early to the ESL summer camp.
Special assistance is given for course planning and college planning and preparation; assistance is available in making visits to university campuses. TOEFL and SAT prep courses are offered on campus. Many SCL graduates matriculate to the United States' premier universities including Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame, Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University.
Activities and Athletics
Eleven AP classes earn university credits. Sixty-two St. Croix students took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in one year. Twenty –five students earned a score of 4, and twenty students earned a score of 5, (3 is an excellent score that most universities accept for university credit). St. Croix graduates attend hundreds of the top universities around the USA and the world.
International middle school boarding students in grades 5-7 can Experience the Middle School through a two or five-week program January through February. St. Croix's Summer English Program is a three-week learning interactive between American and International students.
Middle School Experience
International students are invited to explore St. Croix before attending for a full academic year. For the two or five weeks of the “Experience Middle School” sessions, students will live with experienced host families and have opportunities to participate in activities such as basketball and dance team, and visit the Mall of America, the Science Museum, and much more! St. Croix Middle School students enjoy a challenging and exploratory curriculum, small class sizes and personalized instruction. Caring teachers and mentors help students develop socially and adopt the process of learning through interaction. We encourage the strong time-management skills and study habits that align with the expectations of American universities.
School groups from around the world can visit St. Croix during the regular school year or attend classes with an American student and then travel on a school bus to explore Twin City attractions. The program includes pick-up and drop-off at the MSP (Minneapolis, St. Paul) airport, five activities around the Twin Cities, 10-15 hours of shadowing St. Croix classes. The daily schedule usually includes gymnasium and chapel time, three meals in the St. Croix Dining Hall, sheets and towels and other interactions with St. Croix's university preparatory faculty and staff.
Bilingual chaperones will need to accompany each group and be responsible for the health and safety of students ages 11-17. Students will also need to purchase health insurance. Most groups will be able to confirm 1-7 weeks at a time, 700 USD per student per week. A payment of 20% of these costs is due to reserve the space and full payment is due two weeks before arrival. Space is limited and availability is only possible during the months of January, February, March, April, October and November. Groups interested in a July-August experience can see the information at St. Croix's Summer English Program.
Students attending this short-term high school or middle school boarding experience come to the United States on a B1 tourist visa. St. Croix provides a letter of support for students after receiving a group reservation. Please contact us at international@StCroixLutheran.org for questions or to obtain an electronic list for reserving your group
Meet the Admissions Team
St. Croix admissions representatives travel around the world to connect with current parents, alumni, and future parents and students. Whether directly in person or online through emails, pictures, and videos, we look forward to sharing St. Croix with you.
You may call our main office and ask for the Admissions Department at 1-651-455-1521, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. US Central time, or email us.
General inquiries can be directed to International@StCroixLutheran.org.
Ms. Hannah Schmiege
Director of International Admissions and Programs
1200 Oakdale Ave.
St. Paul, MN, USA 55118-2601
p 651.455.1521 x.191
P: (651) 455-1521
F: (651) 451-3968