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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you meet students' varied needs?
St. Croix Catholic School's Resource Team assists teachers and students with the goal of meeting the academic needs of all our students. We use data - from teacher observations to formative/summative assessments and NWEA/MAP standardized test scores - to guide and differentiate instruction. We are committed to this level of intervention because we care deeply about each child's growth. The Resource Support Team provides daily instructional support in Kindergarten through Grade 4 in the areas of reading and math.

You have STEM? What does that look like?
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program, and SCCS was the first Catholic school in the state of Minnesota to assume the program. We offer Energy & the Environment in Grade 6, Medical Detectives in Grade 7, and Flight and Space in Grade 8. PLTW's goal is to empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, inspires "aha!" moments and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW's hands-on activities, they see a range of paths and possibilities for high school and beyond. Additionally, St. Croix Catholic has invested in Full Option Science System (FOSS), a nationally-renowned science program taught in schools across the country. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 engage in hands-on learning experiences in which they discover and apply scientific principles and theories. Students spend most instructional time performing experiments, creating models, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. 
 
What is your leadership program?
The team of Middle School faculty guides students to a deeper level of self-reflection, discovering their God-given talents and limitations, developing leadership skills consistent with God's plan, and contributing to the goodness of God's creation. This effort is integrated into every subject and all activities. By the time our students reach Grade 8, they are confident, independent learners who take responsibility for their own education and personal formation. They aspire to make a difference in the world with their scientific, mathematical, and communication skills. They interpret the history and hope of humanity through the lens of the Catholic faith. They are the leaders of the St. Croix Catholic School student body.
 
Can my child attend SCCS if our family is not Catholic?
St. Croix Catholic School opens its doors to all families who desire an excellent education rooted in truth for the good of their children. We have several non-Catholic families and we have found the best questions in Religion often come from those who are not Catholic and lead to the most thoughtful conversations for both non-Catholics and Catholics alike. We do teach the fullness of the Catholic faith to all students and welcome those who are not Catholic to ask questions and learn more about the faith that is lived by our students.
 
What other costs are there besides tuition?
The tuition charged each family is only about 75% of the cost of educating a child at SCCS. Support of the school community by participation in volunteer and fundraising programs is an expectation of all families. St. Croix Catholic participates in the SCRIP Gift Card Program. Every family is asked to generate $325 in rebates by purchasing gift cards for items such as groceries, restaurants, gas, household good, or clothing. (Some typical cards available are Cub Foods (4% rebate), Holiday, Super America, Lowe’s, Menards, Kohls, Walmart, Acapulco restaurant, Joseph’s restaurant and many, many more!) A family may choose to pay the $325 instead of earning the rebates.We have one big all school annual fundraiser - The Marathon. The fundraising expectation for each family is $250 per child or $750 per family. Marathon contributions are tax deductible. Many families raise all or part of their expectation by asking neighbors and relatives for donations. Matching funds from an employer are also a great way to meet your Marathon fundraising expectation. A tax deductible donation of $100 per family to the school’s Technology Fund is also requested annually.
 
Where do students enroll after graduating from SCCS ?
Many of our families typically attend the local public high school in Stillwater or go on to Catholic high schools such as  Chesterton Academy, Hill-Murray, St. Agnes, Totino Grace, St. Thomas Academy, and Visitation.
 
I don’t think my family can afford the tuition. Are there options to make it more affordable for us?
We recognize that paying tuition is sacrifice for many families, and we offer a number of options to assist families.

SCCS Tuition Assistance
Our general Tuition Assistance program is based on need. We assess each family's financial situation with the help of Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). SCCS uses the TADS calculation as a guide, but is free to make its own adjustments depending on the total amount of funds it has available to distribute. Available funds come from generous donors and fundraising events such as the annual Light Their Way gala.  

Multiple Child Scholarship Plan
SCCS offers an optional Multiple Child Scholarship Plan for families with 2 or more children attending SCCS. The scholarships are given in exchange for a volunteer hour commitment from the family. Scholarships are $300 for the 2nd and 3rd child enrolled, $3,000 for the 4th child, and full tuition scholarship for 5th (or more) students enrolled.

SCCS Alumni Discount
SCCS alumni can take advantage of an Alumni Discount. This discount is $1000 off tuition for the first year a child of an alum is enrolled and $500 off for the second year. Subsequent years are at the regular tuition rate.
 
External Scholarships
Families may also apply for:
Aim Higher Scholarship, application available at www.aimhigherfoundation.org
CSAF/Aim Higher Scholarship, application available at www.aimhigherfoundation.org
Schulze Early Learning Scholarship, application available at www.schulzefamilyfoundation.org.
Applications for these scholarships open November 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year.