High School Courses and Curriculum

2018-2019 HS Course Catalog (click to download)

St. Croix Lutheran students working on their laptopsSt. Croix Lutheran Academy is fully accredited by MNSAA as a secondary educational institution and is a member of the Association of Lutheran High Schools and the Minnesota Independent School Forum. The Association of Lutheran High Schools has three times recognized SCL for its exemplary ministry to young people.

We are particularly proud of our highly qualified instructors; 70% 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.

SCL offers a broad selection of courses in both required and elective subjects, including advanced placement courses, designed to meet the needs of all students. Students at SCL may receive special assistance in academic and college guidance. After-school tutoring is available and scheduled.

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 
  • Choir
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Sculpture 1
  • Ceramics1 
  • Fit for Life
  • STEM Principles of Engineering
  • STEM Computer Science Principles
  • Physical 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
  • Child Development
  • AP English Literature & Comp.
  • AP English Language & Comp.
  • AP Music Theory
  • Drawing 2
  • Painting 2
  • Sculpture 2
  • Ceramics 2
  • Video Recording Arts 
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • AP Biology
  • 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

Middle School Courses

MS Course Catalog 2018-2019 (coming soon!)

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)
 
Jeffrey Dubose, Class of 2010, Full Academic/Athletic Scholarship, Gustavus Adolphus College
" Having a coach that believed in me and saw the great potential in me has given me motivation to strive to get better in all I do. "
- Jeffrey '10