Special Services

Learning Resource Center | College Counseling | Personal Counseling | School Nurse

We invite you to visit SCL to experience the caring, Christian community firsthand. Please contact the school office at (651) 455-1521 to arrange a tour.

Learning Resource Center

Students come to St. Croix Lutheran Academy with a variety of gifts and talents. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) was established to support students with learning differences for academic success within the inclusive classroom setting. The LRC provides academic support through directed study halls, instruction in study skills, and test-taking support.

Assets of the program include:

  • Peer Tutoring: The program provides peer tutors for students needing assistance in a specific academic area.
  • Special Education Plans: Students with identified learning disabilities or medical conditions that affect learning can receive modifications and accommodations through a 504 Plan. Students that need services through the public school system receive those services through a plan developed with District 197.

Lorna Kapanke serves as SCL's Learning Coordinator. She works with the middle school principal, the guidance department, and class advisors to identify students who need the support of this program. She meets with the families to discuss each student’s specific needs, and “staffings” for students will occur with teachers and families prior to the beginning of the school year so that success can begin from day one!

If you have a student who might benefit from this program or have questions about what SCL offers, Mrs. Kapanke welcomes the opportunity to talk with you. Contact her via email or call (651) 455-1521, ext. 117.  

College Counseling

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SCL students are supported by the Guidance Department as they discover their talents and gifts and plan for their future. Guidance Director Pastor David Huebner works with a non-public-school guidance counselor (John Brennan) provided to SCL by the West St. Paul School District, ISD 197, to help students discover their aptitude and interests and to locate options of post-secondary education at colleges, universities, and occupational training schools.

Students are scheduled annually for individual sessions with the ISD guidance counselor during which they research different options for careers or continuing their education. Beginning in their sophomore year, SCL students are connected to the Naviance online college planning program where they can explore thousands of universities, apply online, track their admission status, and electronically submit their transcripts and academic letters of recommendation. SCL prepares students for their post-graduation endeavors by offering a University Experience.

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are taken by students in grades 9-11 each Fall. Grades 9-10 take the ACT Aspire. Grade 11 takes the PSAT as a preview for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams and to qualify for National Merit scholarships. 

Colleges and universities require an entrance exam score for consideration of applications and admission. Most Midwestern colleges require the ACT, while those schools in the US coastal states (east and west) look for an SAT score. Information and online registration are available for both of these tests. Most students take this exam their junior year, but some students will take the ACT or SAT more than once. 

High School Testing Code

SCL's testing code is 242-673 and is asked for on the registration. It is very important that this number be listed, for it directs the test scores back to the Guidance Department.

ACT & SAT Prep

Classes to prepare students for success in the ACT, SAT, and TOEFL (test of English language fluency, for international students) are offered by instructors at SCL.

Special Events 

SCL offers students learning opportunities such as Career Day and college and university visits during their junior and senior years to help them make their post-graduation decisions. Students receive one-on-one guidance, if desired, and are encouraged to take advantage of all the guidance programs available to them. Senior students are encouraged to watch the Guidance bulletin boards (in the cross-hallway) for information on scholarship opportunities and scheduled college recruiter visits to SCL.

Personal Counseling

When a student needs help from an unbiased listener, SCL offers individual counseling to help our students through the tough times. Guidance Director Pastor Dave Huebner is available to advise students daily, professional Counselor Beth Walters from Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services is available weekly, and every student is assigned an advisor who assists with class and activity choices as well as personal and spiritual counseling.

School Nurse

District 197 provides the services of a school nurse for those students attending SCL who request such services. The nurse’s office is equipped with first-aid supplies, simple diagnostic equipment, and a resting place for students who are feeling ill.

Xita, Class of 2010 Salutatorian, University of Illinois
" I was shy; I would get scared and give up. Through speech competitions and the entire experience of studying at St. Croix, I've learned an insistence on success and perseverance in new things that I try. "
- Xita '10