Courses and Curriculum
St. Croix Lutheran Academy is fully accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) as a secondary educational institution and is a member of the Association of Lutheran High Schools and the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF).
Nearly sevent percent (70%) of SCLA's high qualified instructors hold advanced degrees in their field. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1 to 13, and average class size is 20.
SCLA students consistently score above the Minnesota state and national averages on the ACT and SAT college placement exams. 95% of SCLA graduates continue their education at the college or university level.
Middle School Courses
Middle School STEM Courses
(on a three-year rotation)
Design and Modeling (DM) - Students apply the design process and use modeling software to solve problems.
Automation and Robotics (AR) - Students design robots using mechanisms, program them, and troubleshoot.
Green Architecture (GA) - Students explore principles of construction and home design, integrate components to maximize energy efficiency, and design homes using CAD software.
All previous plus
- Applied Technologies
- Business, Entrepreneurship, and
- Basic Foods
- Child Development
- Global Cultural Competence
- AP English Language & Comp.
- AP English Literature & Comp.
- AP Music Theory
- Drawing 2
- Sculpture 2
- Ceramics 2
- Video Recording Arts
- AP Calculus AB/BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics 2
- German 3
- Spanish 5
- Online College Credit Courses
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. STEM courses and programs have never been more valuable than they are today. Business leaders have been seeking individuals with 21st century learning capabilities for the past two decades, and STEM is simply another way SCLA can prepare students for careers beyond high school.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) - the curriculum SCLA uses for its STEM courses - uses the Activity-Project-Problem approach. Students use industry tools and technology in hands-on experiences where they develop skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.
WHY IS IT VALUABLE FOR SCLA STUDENTS?
The need for individuals to fill STEM related careers has exploded, and students explore components of these careers throughout the curriculum. Significant college scholarships are available for STEM related programs.
WHO CAN TAKE STEM CLASSES AT SCLA?
In grades 6-8, all students take a semester long STEM class each year. In grades 9-12, STEM classes are offered as electives. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per section, so early enrollment is important.
IS THERE A COURSE FEE?
There is no fee for grades 6-8 for the required STEM science courses. In grades 9-12, there is an initial $500 fee for the student’s first course. This fee helps offset costs of technology and materials specifically for these courses.
IS COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE?
High school students can receive transcripted credit from participating universities (including University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and St. Cloud State University). There is an additional fee, and certain course requirements must be met (involving course grade and college-determined test).
- STEM Engineering Essentials
- STEM Introduction to Engineering Design
- STEM Introduction to Computer Science
- STEM Computer Science Principles
- STEM Capstone
The Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program, also known as PSEO, was created in 1985 as a means to “promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students.” Through PSEO, high school students receive both high school and college/university credit for college or university courses that are completed.
The program is available to students throughout the state of Minnesota. Through PSEO, students may take courses on a college or university campus, via online, or, if available, at their high school.
See the academic dean for details.