Hillcrest Lutheran Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
610 Hillcrest Dr.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #1 - Hilcrest Academy's main classroom building is a traditional boarding school. Boasting near 100 years of serving families with college preparatory education, Hillcrest's outlook is bright for the future with increasing enrollment year-over-year for the past 5 years.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #2 - Hillcrest's rigorous Understanding The Times worldview class is taught with a traditional Oxford-style allowing questions and internalization of concepts.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #3 - Hillcrest's college preparatory curriculum prepares students for the SAT, ACT and college rigor.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #4 - While Hillcrest is a small school, students receive incredible opportunities. Hillcrest's worship arts program and mission experiences are a few extra-curriculars that many schools don't emphasize outside athletic offerings. At Hillcrest, purposed mentorship allow students to explore talents and dreams to equip them for a life of significance.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #5 - Hillcrest's graduates are prepared for the cultures in the world through the inter-cultural experience they have had at Hillcrest. Over 95% of Hillcrest's graduates move from the Castle to a four year University or college setting.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #6 - Hillcrest Academy is ethnically and racially diverse. Students from around the world prefer the Hillcrest dormitory experience over a home-stay or other boarding option because of the life-long friendships and general support students experience from teachers, staff and fellow students.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #7 - Hillcrest's Concert Choir and Concert Band conduct a 2-week tour across the United States. Recently they traveled to the American South-West on their 14 day tour where they performed 16 concerts for various church groups and organizations.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #8 - Every weekend students participate in organized events at Hillcrest Academy. These events draw in the diverse community at Hillcrest to build strong friendships and enable quality mentor opportunities between instructors, staff and students.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Photo #9 - Graduation is a capstone event with a century-old tradition of singing the class song on the front steps as a final launching point for the Senior class.
  • Distinction in Robotics and Mathematics, earning national and regional awards over the past eight years.
  • Top STEM Program - Ranked in the top 15% nationally by STEM.org and Newsweek magazine.
  • Award-winning Arts program  Boasts over twenty clubs and ten varsity sports teams for students interested in extra-curricular involvement.
  • Recognized as one of the nation's leading Christian Boarding Schools by NIche.com.
  • Nationally and internationally accredited by Cognia (formerly Advance ED) and the Minnesota Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association.

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    Hillcrest has many strengths, but two stand out specifically. First, the faculty and staff are incredibly responsive and focused on the spiritual and academic development of the students. Our adopted son is a first. . .
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    Culture/AtmosphereAt Hillcrest I always felt the benefit of having a very tight knit group of students. There was an added level of comfortability because we were so close as a student body. Small schools are. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Hillcrest LutheranBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)10-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)5-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19161907
Campus Size25 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment200 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1250* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1000 - 1400-
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
( Modest)
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:101:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1118
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$2.5 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Includes program fees)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Includes program fees)
Tuition international students$25,260$52,900
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$3,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineSep. 1 / Jan. 10 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJeff Isaac
Brad Hoganson
Associate Director of AdmissionsShaylynn Schultz

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1116
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations1524
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Club Golf, Cooking Club, Dominican Mission Team, Drama Club, Evangelism Club, Key Club, Knitting Club, Robotics, Rotary Club, Students for Life America

Arts and Music Programs:
Club Fencing, Concert Club, Honor, Jazz Club

School Notes

  • Hillcrest Academy is a private Christian college praparatory boarding high school for grades 9-12. Hillcrest enrolls students from around the world and offers English as a second culture and ESL classes.
  • Hillcrest is located in west-central Minnesota on 25 acres of the Ottertail River. Being tucked away in the city of Fergus Falls, Hillcrest is only 45 miles east of Fargo, North Datoka and 150 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Athletic facilities include one full size gymnasium with a weight-room, one 3/4 sized gymnasium, a full-court soccer field and lighted football field.
  • Hillcrest was founded in 1935 after a group of churches called for a school where their students could process the Christian life. Through the rigorous academic program, students at Hillcrest are directed to engage in the world through the various mission and study-and-mission programs offered.
  • The Men and Women's dormitories equip students by encouraging self-directed discipline in their studies. Should a student struggle, the dormitory staff directs, encourages and mentors students to embrace their responsibilities as a young man or woman.
  • Over the past 5 years, 98% of Hillcrest students attend private and state Universities, colleges or world-mission organizations.
  • Hillcrest Academy is accredited through the Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accrediation Association. Hillcrest is also an active member in the Minnesota Independent School Forum and Association of Christian Schools International.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae: G.T. Gunhus - Four-star Army Chaplain, notable during the 9/11 attacks.
  • Hillcrest Lutheran Academy accreditations: Cognia and Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA)

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