SSL Certificate
St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Eligibility Criteria

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 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:

  1. Performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a
  2. Is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation
  3. Is pregnant or is a parent
  4. Has been assessed as chemically dependent
  5. Has been excluded or expelled
  6. Has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program
  7. Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse
  8. Has experienced mental health problems
  9. Has experienced homelessness sometime within six months before requesting a transfer to a eligible program
  10. Speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency
  11. Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant
  12. 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.

Students may continually enroll at Saints Academy all school year with new student start dates every three weeks. This is done for several reasons. First, at­ risk students need courses broken out into smaller sections. Second, if they have a bad week or two, all their credit for the trimester will not be lost. Finally, this gives teachers a calendar to plan their units and programming. They know every three weeks new students will be added to their courses. A team meeting is required if a student is receiving special education services. The team must agree that Saints Academy will best meet the student’s educational needs. Individuals involved should include but may not be limited to: principal and/or counselor, Saints Academy principal, case manager, regular education teachers, parents and the student. Parents are strongly encouraged to be present at the meeting.

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