St. Croix Lutheran Academy 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. An online computer system/database, Naviance, leads the student to discover options and helps focus the search for post-secondary education opportunities.
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.
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.