General Overview

General Overview

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.  The projected enrollment of 120 students was surpassed by the 200 students that actually enrolled. The School has experienced tremendous growth and will serve nearly 1,200 students in grades K-12 during the 2017-2018 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.  To view the St. Croix Prep FAQ Document, click here.


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.


The School is based on a classical model of education. A classical model focuses on providing students with the life long educational tools to learn and think for themselves. The classical tradition is grounded in the time-tested methodology of learning called the “Trivium”, which recognizes that critical learning skills must precede critical thinking skills. The Trivium methodology is organized into the three stages of learning — grammar, logic, and rhetoric — which correspond to the general stages of a student’s cognitive development.  To view the Classical Education White Paper, click here.


Plato believed that children should be raised to fall in love with virtue. At St. Croix Preparatory Academy, the values of citizenship, courage, honesty, integrity, perseverance, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-control, and service will be identified, modeled and clearly conveyed. Administrators and faculty will encourage and promote these traits so that all students might practice and develop them.  Upper School students are required to document at least 10 hours annually (50 hours throughout their Upper School experience of community service in an effort to emphasize the importance of giving to their community.


John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” St. Croix Preparatory Academy views leadership as the ability to first think and reason, then act with integrity and responsibility. ‘Leadership’ is one of the most overused and least understood terms in our society, often conjuring up images of power, success, titles and possessions. By contrast, the founders of St. Croix Preparatory Academy view leadership as the product of education and character development. Real leadership entails knowledge, understanding and the ability to communicate–in conjunction with citizenship, courage, honesty, integrity, perseverance, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-control, and service.  Students will examine various models and styles of leadership from American and world history.  In addition, students will analyze their own unique leadership style, character attributes, and personal strengths.


St. Croix Prep is one of Minnesota’s highest performing schools.  Since opening in 2004, the School has maintained parent satisfaction of 93%, student retention of 92%, and a faculty retention of 94%.  In addition, St. Croix Prep has attained some of the highest Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores in the state.  For a summary of other achievement data, click here.