We don’t just prepare students for a job or college.
We prepare young people for life.

Fall 2020 School Opening


  • Distance Learning Model. This is how school operated from March 30 to May 31 with instruction being done while students remain at home.
  • Back to School as Normal. This would be bringing everyone back to school in full attendance.
  • A Hybrid Model. This is a model that is in between the two previously listed, where some students attend one day, others attend another, etc.

Please note:  Per MDE, given local pandemic circumstances, it is possible that schools could use all three models throughout the year.


  • The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will make the decision during the week of July 27.
  • All MN public schools will be required to adhere to this decision.


  • Current guidance from MDE is that masks will not be required, but their usage is strongly recommended.
  • We will let families make their choice based on this recommendation.

Please note: This guidance from MDE is subject to change.

St. Croix Prep Community Update

July 13, 2020

To The St. Croix Prep Community

I hope everyone is filling their summer with rest and relaxation. With all of the news and media coverage related to school openings, I want to offer this brief update based on current information.

Decision the week of July 27

MDE will release their learning model decision during the week of July 27. The decision (e.g. distance learning, hybrid, traditional) will not be in the form of guidance, but a mandate for the entire state. St. Croix Prep will have no choice in the matter.

Operational Items

In preparation for MDE’s decision, we are working through the plethora of operational issues related to transportation, scheduling, classroom setup, social distancing, food service, etc.

Students/Families with underlying health issues

For those students, who will be unable to come to school due to health issues – in the traditional or hybrid model –please inform the principal of your particular school (e.g. Lower, Middle, Upper). In addition, if you are uncomfortable with your students returning to school, please follow the same procedures. Distance learning will be made available to you.

Process if there is a Positive COVID-19 case in the building

If there is a positive case in the school building (e.g. employee or student), we will work with MDH to determine the appropriate steps. Depending on the situation and our ability to contact trace, it may involve limited quarantine (e.g. a few students, a class, a grade, etc.) and then those identified would migrate to a distance learning model. Note: If the school year begins in a traditional or hybrid model, a school wide change to distance learning would require a Covid outbreak in our school or the Stillwater area.

Fall Activities

Fall activities programming will be based upon the decision by MDE. We will communicate additional information as soon as we are able.

Main Office Summer Hours

(for the Months of June and July)

Division offices vary with their summer hours so please call ahead to make sure the office manager will be in prior to coming to school.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The school building, including all offices, will be closed the week of June 29-July 3, 2020.

How We Prep

Schools today focus on giving children an education to help them get a job or gain acceptance to a college. We’re not this kind of school – our purpose far exceeds this.

We don’t just prepare students for a job or college, we prepare young people for life.

We partner with parents who are invested in their child’s future, and are committed to their children not just surviving in life, but thriving in life.

We combine a classical education with our culture of character to help children not just reach their career or educational goals, but to reach their life goals.

St. Croix Prep. Prep For Life.

K-12 Environment

One place to call home.

One building, managed by one administrative team, allows for a tightly integrated curriculum scripted with intentional scope and sequence beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

You Won't Get Lost

You Are Familiar.

With a small enrollment, all students will receive personalized attention, permitting a low student/teacher ratio and membership in a mutually supportive community of learners.

Classical Education

Time Tested.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy was founded on a classical model of education, grounded in the time-tested methodology of the Trivium. Our model focuses on providing students with the lifelong educational tools to learn and think for themselves.


Preparing For Life.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy purposefully sets high expectations for all students, staff, and parents. The school places more emphasis on character development, respect, self-organization, responsibility, self-discipline and leadership than a traditional public school.

Paideia Seminars

Thinking Put Into Practice.

The Paideia Seminar is a formal discussion in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.

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