High School Courses and Curriculum

2017-2018 Course Catalog (click to download)

St. Croix Lutheran students working on their laptopsSt. Croix Lutheran is fully accredited by MNSAA as a secondary educational institution and is a member of the Association of Lutheran High Schools and the Minnesota Independent School Forum. The Association of Lutheran High Schools has three times recognized SCL for its exemplary ministry to young people.

We are particularly proud of our highly qualified instructors; sixty-seven percent of the staff holds advanced degrees in their field. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1 to 13, and average class size is 20.

Our students consistently score above the Minnesota state and national averages on the ACT and SAT college placement exams. Ninety-five percent of SCL graduates continue their education at the college or university level.

SCL offers a broad selection of courses in both required and elective subjects, including advanced placement courses, designed to meet the needs of all students. Students at SCL may receive special assistance in academic and college guidance. After-school tutoring is available and scheduled.

Click here to download course requirements and electives.

Freshman Year (Grade 9)

Required Courses:

  • English* (ESL or English various courses)
  • Mathematics* 
  • Biology*
  • Physical Education* (1 semester)
  • Bible Class
  • Health* (1 semester)

Elective Courses:

  • Crusader Chorus
  • Symphonic Band 
  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Fundamentals of Drawing
  • STEM Intro to Engineering Design 
  • World Geography
  • German 1
  • Latin 1
  • Mandarin Chinese 1/2/3
  • Spanish 1/2/3

Sophomore Year (Grade 10)

Required Courses:

  • English* (ESL or English various courses)
  • Mathematics* 
  • Physical Science*
  • World History/Geography*
  • Bible Class

Elective Courses:
All previous plus

  • Yearbook 
  • Choir
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Sculpture 1
  • Ceramics1 
  • Fit for Life
  • STEM Principles of Engineering
  • STEM Computer Science Principles
  • German 2
  • Latin 2
  • Spanish 4

Junior Year (Grade 11)

Required Courses:

  • English* (ESL or various courses)
  • U.S. History* (or ESL U.S. History)
  • Mathematics*
  • Chemistry or Physics*
  • Bible Class

Elective Courses:
All previous plus

  • Accounting 
  • Applied Technologies 
  • Basic Foods
  • Child Development
  • AP English Literature & Comp.
  • AP English Language & Comp.
  • AP Music Theory
  • Drawing 2
  • Painting 2
  • Sculpture 2
  • Ceramics 2
  • Video Recording Arts 
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1/2
  • German 3
  • Advanced Latin Poetry
  • Advanced Latin Prose
  • Spanish 5
  • Online College Credit Courses
  • PSEO

Senior Year (Grade 12)

Required Courses:

  • English* (ESL or various courses)or AP English Literature/Language and Composition
  • Economics* (1 semester)
  • Government* (1 semester)
  • Bible Class

Elective Courses:
All previous plus

  • Art Portfolio Development
  • STEM Capstone
  • AP Psychology 
  • AP U.S. History
  • German 4
  • On the Job Training

 

Online College Credit Courses

There are a variety of online courses available through Bethany Lutheran College and Concordia University depending on availability. See the high school principal for details. Courses may include:

  • College Writing I
  • College Introduction to Fiction I 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Management
  • Civilization and Worldviews: Literature
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Introduction to Business Writing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • American Government in Civilization
  • Introduction to Psychology

 

 

Middle School Courses

Grade 6

  • Introduction to Middle School
  • Science (Physical, Life and Earth Science)
  • Math 1 or 2
  • Language Arts 1or 2
  • Bible Class 1
  • World Cultures
  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Physical Education
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Grade 7

  • United States History 1
  • Science (Physical, Life and Earth Science)
  • Math 1 or 2, or Algebra 1
  • Language Arts 1 or 2
  • Bible Class 1 or 2
  • World Languages (Spanish or Mandarin)
  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Physical Education
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Grade 8

  • United States History 2
  • Science (Physical, Life and Earth Science)
  • Math 2 or Algebra 1
  • Language Arts 2 or 3
  • Bible Class 2 or 3
  • World Languages (Spanish or Mandarin)
  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Physical Education
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
 
Afton Sobasky, Class of 2014, D1 Scholarship Athlete, Bradley University
" I’ve been pushed to become a better leader and athlete through (Coach Grev's) commitment to me as an individual and to the team. This has prepared me to be a successful college student athlete. "
- Afton '14