Saints Academy is an alternative learning program located in St. Francis. It enables St. Francis Area Schools (Independent School District 15) or Independent School District 477 residents along with residents in surrounding communities in grades 9-12 who, for a variety of reasons, are not being successful in the traditional high school setting, to earn high school graduation credits and a diploma in a non-traditional setting at the St. Francis Learning Center (SFLC). SFLC features individual classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, wood shop, greenhouses, full gym and cafeteria. Saints Academy is a credit-based program where students attend on a daily basis and follow the traditional school calendar.
Students applying to any of the programming must have their counselor/dean/administrator forward a completed referral form before an intake interview can be scheduled. Students moving into the district or open enrolling in St. Francis Area Schools (Independent School District 15) can schedule an intake directly 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 nontraditional 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- Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant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.
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 who is 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.