St. Croix Lutheran International Programs

International students at St. Croix Lutheran taking part in a parade.

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Type of School

A private university preparatory school; grades 6 – 12.

Accreditation

St. Croix is recognized by the State of Minnesota Department of Education and accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

Housing for Students

Both American and international students live in the 152-bed dormitory newly constucted in 2015. Adult supervisors live in the dormitory and are on duty 24/7. 

Student Support

An International Advisor supports all international students with day-to-day needs, communicates with parents, and assists with necessary medical needs and more.

ESL Courses Included

Two levels of English Second Language Courses are offered, as well as ESL U.S. History. Many news students choose to come early to the ESL summer camp.

Academic/University Guidance

Special assistance is given for course planning and college planning and preparation; assistance is available in making visits to university campuses. TOFL and SAT prep courses are offered on campus.

Activities and Athletics

Students are encouraged to participate in activities outside the classroom in cross-cultural activities, leadership, service, drama, music and athletics.

Academic Excellence

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.

Affordable

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. 

Cross-Cultural Experience

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.

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Anthea Chow, Class of 2002, University of Washington, M.A. Cornell University, HR Employee of Microsoft Corporation
" I would encourage international students to join an after-school sports program or club and participate in other activities because that will give you a complete study abroad experience. "
- Anthea '02