The History of St. Croix Lutheran

Original location of St. Croix Lutheran School

St. Croix Lutheran Academy is a private Christian school that enrolls 500 students in grades 6-12, including 120 international students from 15 countries around the world.

The middle school (grades 6-8) is housed within the main high school facility and admits approximately 60 students.

Discover what SCL has to offer by visiting our campus. We invite and encourage all prospective students to visit and shadow a current student for a day in order to truly appreciate what a difference a SCL education makes. 

You may be excited about our wonderful facilities, our exceptional student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 and the wide array of co-curricular activities.

Perhaps what will impress you most is the caliber of people who are associated with SCL - students, faculty, parents, staff and friends are enthusiastic supporters of our mission and make SCL a caring, Christian family community. 

From its beginning in 1958, St. Croix Lutheran's mission has been to develop the total student - spiritually, intellectually, and physically - in a caring, Christian family community.

The school’s founders believed that the secondary Christian education of their congregation’s young people was integral to their ministry. In January 1957, a group of pastors offered the initial impetus for a Lutheran high school in the Twin Cities by presenting a resolution to the St. Croix Conference of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod calling for the establishment of a school committee.

The first classes were held in the basement of St. James Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1960, students moved to SCL’s first permanent facility—a six-classroom building. Twenty-two students were in the first graduating class of 1962.

The school was added on to many times over the years to accommodate growing enrollment, and in 1989 a campaign was launched to raise funds for a major renovation and expansion project. The project took a new direction when an existing school and thirty-acre campus became available. Members of the St. Croix Lutheran Association raised $750,000 and donated their time and talents to completely renovate the property in time for the 1992-93 school year.

SCL continues to grow as more young people and their parents come to appreciate the value of a Christian secondary education. New outdoor athletic facilities were added in 2002 and the St. Croix Lutheran Chapel addition was completed in 2005. Through the generosity of our donors, SCL finished it's largest site improvement to date, the 152-bed dormitory in 2015. Plans for updated fine arts facilities are being developed.

From humble beginnings in a church basement and an enrollment of 22 students to our expansive 30-acre campus and an enrollment of 500 students, it is evident that the educational ministry at SCL has been extremely blessed by a gracious God. We pray that SCL will continue to be a tool used to share the message of Jesus’ love for generations to come.

Jeffrey Dubose, Class of 2010, Full Academic/Athletic Scholarship, Gustavus Adolphus College
" The program at SCL is great for multiple-sport athletes because the coaches from various sports work together to give the athletes the best opportunity to play competitively in all their desired sports. "
- Jeffrey '10