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Continued: What's new in south metro schools

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM

St. Croix Lutheran

Principal: Rick Gibson

Expected enrollment: 480 (6-12)


Principal Rick Gibson is thrilled that enrollment at the West St. Paul Christian school will be at an all-time high this year, which has happened for three consecutive years, he said.

The STEM program is expanding from middle school to the high school, using the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. One class, intro to Engineering and Design, will be offered this year, and will provide University of Minnesota credits through the College in the Schools program. More classes will be added yearly. PLTW is a nationally known STEM curriculum for middle and high school students.

An AP U.S. History class will be offered, one of about 10 AP classes available.

The school will also debut a more accessible student information system and parent portal.


St. Thomas Academy

Principal: Thomas Mich

Expected enrollment: 650 (7-12)


St. Thomas Academy will be opening Vincent J. Flynn Hall this fall, its fourth campus building. The new building will have a fine arts suite with space for band, choir, ceramics, painting and woodwork activities, along with social studies and health classrooms. It will also house two gyms, a fitness center and wrestling room. Another building, Founders Hall, was remodeled, with updates to science labs.

The private Catholic boys’ school in Mendota Heights will offer three more AP classes, including French, Chinese and World History.


Tri-City United

Principal: Alan Fitterer

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