Saints Academy




Saints Academy is an alternative learning program located in St. Francis. The program enables St. Francis Area Schools, Independent School District 477, and students in surrounding communities to earn high school graduation credits and a diploma in a non-traditional setting. Students in grades 9-12 who are not being successful in the traditional high school setting can attend the St. Francis Learning Center (SFLC) for a variety of reasons. SFLC features individual classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, a woodshop, greenhouses, a full gym, and a cafeteria. Saints Academy is a credit-based program where students attend daily and follow the traditional school calendar.

Eligibility Criteria

Students applying to any program must have their counselor / dean / administrator forward a completed referral form before an intake interview can be scheduled. Students moving into the district or enrolling in St. Francis Area Schools can directly schedule an intake with Saints Academy staff. Students must meet Minnesota Department of Education eligibility requirements to be accepted.

  • A student under the age of 21 must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to choose a non-traditional education program:
  • Performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age
  • Is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation
  • Is pregnant or is a parent
  • Has been assessed as chemically dependent
  • Has been excluded or expelled
  • Has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program
  • Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse
  • Has experienced mental health problems
  • Has experienced homelessness sometime within six months before requesting a transfer to an eligible program
  • Speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency
  • Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant
  • Is being treated in a hospital in the seven-county metropolitan area for cancer or other locally determined achievement test transfer to an eligible program life-threatening illness, or is the sibling of an eligible pupil who is currently being treated and resides with the pupil’s family at least 60 miles beyond the outside boundary of the seven-county metropolitan area.

Cap & Gown Distribution 2022

Saints Online & Saints Academy 

The Saints Academy and Saints Online Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Learning Center gymnasium.

Wednesday, May 25 through Thursday, June 2 - Cap/Gown Distribution
St. Francis Learning Center front desk, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • All students who choose to wear the traditional graduation attire wear a cap, gown, stole, and tassel for the commencement ceremony. Students do have the option of wearing a dress shirt and dress pants.

Once a student meets eligibility requirements and/or has been referred from St. Francis High School or St. Francis Middle School, they must meet with Saints Academy staff for registration. The following will be completed:

  • transcript or credit report
  • continual learning plan
  • discussion of our philosophy and policies

Parent permission is necessary for a student enrolled in high school or middle school and under eighteen years of age. A mandatory meeting must be held with the student, parent/guardian, and school staff. The referral and continual learning plan will identify learner needs and struggles. We will use this information to help build a unique learning program for each student.

Please contact Tim O'Connell (Administrator for SFLC) at or 763-753-7152 or Erica Campbell (School Counselor at SFLC) at or 763-753-7148, for more information.

Saints Academy Resource Pages

Daily Schedule

1st Hour 7:45–8:50 a.m.
2nd Hour 8:55–10:00 a.m.
Saints Time 10:05–10:40 a.m.
3rd Hour 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
4th Hour 12:20–1:15 p.m.
5th Hour 1:20–2:21 p.m.

90-Minute Late Start Schedule

1st Hour 9:15–10:05 a.m.
2nd Hour 10:10–11:00 a.m.
3rd Hour 11:05–11:55 a.m.
Lunch 11:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
4th Hour 12:30–1:25 p.m.
5th Hour 1:30–2:21 p.m.