Due to Weather — No School on Thursday, April 11

Due to weather, St. Croix Prep will be closed on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  The school building, including administrative offices, will be closed.  ALL before and after school activities (including evening activities) are canceled; and there will be no YMCA YCare.  Classes will resume on Friday, April 12, 2019 unless otherwise notified.

St. Croix Prep — Prep for Life


We thought we were simply providing a rigorous K-12 educational program.  

Your feedback indicated otherwise.

After a year filled with surveys and focus groups with parents, teachers, administrators, and board members, you told us the partnership we have is far more valuable than this.  It extends beyond the St. Croix Prep campus; it extends beyond the years of attendance at our school; it is preparation for a lifetime.

We are humbled and honored to be considered foundational in your child’s life.

As we embark on our 15th year, we have developed a Prep Manifesto, a statement of what we believe.  Our mission is still the same — delivering a rigorous classical education focused on academics, character, and leadership — but your feedback has enabled us to articulate what we believe, what we stand for, and why we do what we do — Prep for Life.

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 reach their life goals.

St. Croix Prep — Prep for Life.

Welcome to St. Croix Prep

St. Croix Preparatory Academy is a K-12 charter school that opened in the Stillwater area in the fall of 2004. The school opened with grades K-7 and has experienced tremendous growth, now serving nearly 1,200 students in grades K-12 for the 2018-2019 school year. Located on 59 acres of land, St. Croix Preparatory Academy’s educational philosophy is based on the classical methodology of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, an educational philosophy proven to achieve outstanding academic results.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy will develop each student’s academic potential,
personal character, 
and leadership qualities through an academically rigorous
and content rich educational program grounded in a classical tradition. 

Reward School

Once again, Lower and Middle Schools received Reward School status through the Minnesota Department of Education!  Reward Schools represent the highest performing schools (top 15%) utilizing Title 1 funding as a part of their programming.  For the sixth year in a row, SCPA’s Middle School was designated as a Reward School. For the third year, SCPA’s Lower School was designated as a Reward School.

2018 School Digger Ratings

St. Croix Prep is ranked #1 out of 440 schools for best Minnesota District Ranking.  St. Croix Prep has maintained this ranking for the past three years.

Lower School is ranked #2 out of 847 schools

Middle School is ranked #3 out of 518 schools

Upper School is ranked #2 out of 494 schools

St. Croix Prep Students Excel in MCA Test Scores

Once again, St. Croix Prep students excelled in the 2017-2018 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).  The reading, math, and science proficiency scores rank St. Croix Prep as one of Minnesota’s highest performing schools.  St. Croix Prep’s proficiency percentages:

St. Croix Prep Most Challenging

St. Croix Prep’s Upper School ranked most challenging high school in Minnesota by the Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High School listing.

St. Croix Prep Voted Best Public School

Stillwater Gazette and ECM Media Group Readers Choice Award for 2016 voted St. Croix Prep as the best public school in the east metro.