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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You have STEM? What does that look like?
SCCS is the first Catholic school in Minnesota to adopt Project Lead the Way as its STEM curriculum for Middle School. Now in our 4th year of the program, we are seeing tremendous growth and benefits for our graduates being able to access STEM programs at local high schools. Some of our students have worked on solving energy problems for our Sister Parish in Tanzania researching how solar panels could provide power for the hospital while other students have programmed and built robots to act as sensors on the Stillwater Bridge to test for maintenance problems over time. Our students use actual software (Autodesk Inventor and RobotC) to design and program their projects.

What is your leadership program?
Called Created for Greatness, our Middle School leadership program provides students with an opportunity to learn about their own gifts and areas for growth and opportunities to explore these gifts and practice overcoming areas for growth. Through thoughtful integration in Religion, History, Science, English/Literature, and Physical Education, our students are presented with examples of both great and not-so-great leaders and the opportunity to reflect on their own qualities and habits that may resemble some leaders they study.

What standardized testing do you use?
We use the Scantron Performance Series for all grades. Students take the test in the Fall as a baseline for growth for the year. All students are tested again in the Spring. In addition, those students in the lowest 40% of the school are also tested in the winter and a teacher may request any child to be tested in the winter to measure growth. Teachers use this data to provide instruction at the level most appropriate to the child.

How do you know how your students are doing compared to the school District?
Catholic schools are given the challenge by the Church itself in canon law to be ‘at least as good as if not superior to’ the local schools. This is a challenge we take seriously at SCCS. Using the state standards as our basis, our students are provided instruction beyond that of the public schools. Our graduates go on to many different high schools and are rewarded for their excellence in many different areas, not solely academics, though this is the most common achievement recognized.

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 voluntary 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 Hill-Murray, St. Agnes, St. Thomas Academy, Visitation, or Chesterton Academy which is newly opening an East Metro campus at Blessed Sacrament.

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.

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, $2180 for the 4th child, and no tuition is charged for 5th (or more) students enrolled.

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.

Approximately 25% of SCCS families also take advantage of some level of need-based Tuition Assistance. Assistance is available through the generosity of our supporting parishes, many donors, and through an annual Tuition Assistance fundraiser. Families requesting consideration for Tuition Assistance make an online application at