The middle school (grades 6-8) fosters a caring, Christian community of active learners and explorers. Utilizing a collaborative learning environment including study groups and experiences outside of the classroom, a SCLA middle school education is designed to encourage students to define themselves and explore the world.
The teachers of St. Croix Lutheran Academy's middle school emphasize exploratory, experiential, and innovative education to foster a love of lifelong learning.
Academic planning is designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Using placement testing, students are grouped by ability and given the opportunity to take high-school-level math, literature, and world language courses during their middle school years. In addition, students enjoy taking engineering, science, U.S. history, art, music, and more. Small class sizes and the highly trained, caring teachers are prepared to challenge each child to new levels of success.
The teachers of St. Croix Lutheran Academy's middle school emphasize exploratory, experiential, and innovative education to foster a love of lifelong learning. Educational opportunities that happen outside of the middle school classrooms include:
- An overnight trip to Eagle Bluff Learning Center
- A performance at Orchestra Hall or other Twin Cities venue
- A history lesson at a local museum
- A service event
- Downhill skiing
- A trip to the University of Minnesota
- and more...
The combination of books, technology and thoughtful, caring teachers has revolutionized the classroom experience. In addition to traditional teaching methods, web-based tools such as handheld clickers, Chromebooks, interactive whiteboards and smart TVs create interactive classrooms that allow teachers an up-to-the-minute glimpse at students’ understanding of the material, all while holding the attention of the curious middle school mind. SCLA’s campus is 100% WiFi accessible, and each middle school student is assigned a Chromebook loaded with Google Apps for use during the school year.
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 middle school students may participate on middle school teams, and grades 7-8 have the opportunity to participate in most high school teams.
Middle School Only
- Football (fall)
- Volleyball (fall)
- Robotics (fall/winter)
- Girls Basketball (winter)
- Boys Basketball (winter)
- Speech (winter)
- Track and Field (spring)