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Located on 30 acres overlooking Thompson Lake, a few minutes from downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Croix Lutheran offers a university-preparatory program of education for grades 6-12 that has a reputation for excellence in a friendly and safe environment. While maintaining high academic standards, St. Croix Lutheran supports a portion of its 500 students through its English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students are challenged and supported by master’s level instructors and benefit from an average class size of 20 that offers a student-to-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. This structure enables matriculation to top universities in America.  

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. Thanks to tremendous constituent support, our high-quality program is affordable at a lower cost than other schools with similar advanced academic programs.

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.

Join a community of lifelong learners where talents are developed in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the concert hall to become productive citizens and leaders in an increasingly global society.

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"St. Croix is a great school because they care about students. They provided me with a caring community and a support system which I desperately needed because I was far from my home and family."  Daniel Yan, 1999 SCLHS Valedictorian, Cornell University, Senior Business Executive at Capital One. 


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


Student Support

In addition to SCL's regular special services, an International Advisor supports all international students with day-to-day needs, communicates with parents, and assists with necessary personal needs.

ESL Courses Included

Two levels of English Second Language Courses are offered, as well as ESL U.S. History. Many new 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. TOEFL and SAT prep courses are offered on campus.  Many SCL graduates matriculate to the United States’ premier universities including Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame, Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University. 

Activities and Athletics

Students are encouraged to participate in activities outside the classroom in cross-cultural activities, leadership, servicedrama, 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.


Short-Term Programs

International middle school boarding students in grades 5-7 can Experience the Middle School through a two or five-week program January through February. St. Croix's Summer English Program is a three-week learning interactive between American and International students. 

Middle School Experience

International students are invited to explore St. Croix before attending for a full academic year. For the two or five weeks of the "Experience Middle School" sessions, students will live with experienced host families and have opportunities to participate in activities such as basketball and dance team, and visit the Mall of America, the Science Museum, and much more! St. Croix Middle School students enjoy a challenging and exploratory curriculum, small class sizes and personalized instruction. Caring teachers and mentors help students develop socially and adopt the process of learning through interaction. We encourage the strong time-management skills and study habits that align with the expectations of American universities.

Group Visits

School groups from around the world can visit St. Croix during the regular school year or attend classes with an American student and then travel on a school bus to explore Twin City attractions. The program includes pick-up and drop-off at the MSP (Minneapolis, St. Paul) airport, five activities around the Twin Cities, 10-15 hours of shadowing St. Croix classes. The daily schedule usually includes gymnasium and chapel time, three meals in the St. Croix Dining Hall, sheets and towels and other interactions with St. Croix’s university preparatory faculty and staff.

Sample Schedule

Bilingual chaperones will need to accompany each group and be responsible for the health and safety of students ages 11-17. Students will also need to purchase health insurance. Most groups will be able to confirm 1-7 weeks at a time, 700 USD per student per week. A payment of 20% of these costs is due to reserve the space and full payment is due two weeks before arrival. Space is limited and availability is only possible during the months of January, February, March, April, October and November. Groups interested in a July-August experience can see the information at St. Croix's Summer English Program

Students attending this short-term high school or middle school boarding experience come to the United States on a B1 tourist visa. St. Croix provides a letter of support for students after receiving a group reservation. Please contact us at for questions or to obtain an electronic list for reserving your group. 


Meet the Admissions Team

St. Croix Lutheran Admissions Director meeting with an International FatherSt. Croix admissions representatives travel around the world to connect with current parents, alumni, and future parents and students. Whether directly in person or online through emails, pictures, and videos, we look forward to sharing St. Croix with you.

You may call our main office and ask for the Admissions Department at 1-651-455-1521, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. US Central time, or email us.

General inquiries can be directed to

St. Croix Lutheran Academy
1200 Oakdale Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118-2600 USA

Ms. Hannah Schmiege, Director of International Programs and Admissions 

说中文的来宾,请联系中国招生官雷老师 。Ms. Kristin Lehmann, International Admissions Counselor


Students from the extended Asian continent, Australia, Europe, Africa, or the Americas, contact Ms. Hannah Schmiege at

Kristin Lehmann, International Admissions Counselor

Chinese speaking students, please contact Kristin Lehmann at  

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" SCL is a wonderful school. We searched high and low to find the perfect school for our son, and this is it! High morals, high academics, a wonderful staff and great students. We couldn’t be happier! "
- Liza R., SCL Parent