Courses and Curriculum

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MS Course Catalog HS Course Catalog

St. Croix Lutheran Academy is fully accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Associatino (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 SCL'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.

SCL students consistently score above the Minnesota state and national averages on the ACT and SAT college placement exams. 95% of SCL graduates continue their education at the college or university level.

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)

High School Courses

Students must take a minimum of six and a maximum of eight courses each semester. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are required by the State of Minnesota. An additional 1/2 credit in Physical Education is required before graduation.

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* 
  • Science*
  • World History/Geography*
  • Bible Class

Elective Courses: 
All previous plus

  • Yearbook 
  • Chorale
  • Concert Choir
  • Drawing 1
  • Sculpture 1
  • Ceramics1 
  • Body Shop
  • Fit for Life
  • STEM Principles of Engineering
  • STEM Computer Science Principles
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • 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*
  • Science*
  • Bible Class

Elective Courses:
All previous plus

  • Accounting 
  • Applied Technologies 
  • Basic Foods
  • Business, Entrepreneurship, and Personal Finance
  • Child Development
  • AP English Literature & Comp.
  • AP English Language & Comp.
  • AP Music Theory
  • Drawing 2
  • Sculpture 2
  • Ceramics 2
  • Video Recording Arts 
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP Physics 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

 

 
Wade Guerin, Class of 2007, Conference Tournament Championship Player of the Game, University of Wisconsin River Falls
" St. Croix's athletic program prepared me for my future success in athletics. I was always taught to give 100%, hold myself accountable, have high character, and always be a team player. "
- Wade '07