School District 197 serves seven nonpublic schools within the District boundaries.  They include:

  • Community of Saints
  • Convent of Visitation School
  • Crown of Life School
  • St. Croix Lutheran 
  • St. Joseph's School
  • St. Thomas Academy
  • Trinity Lone Oak

The district provides nursing, school counselor, and special education services as well as textbook allocations to the nonpublic schools.  Nonpublic schools can also access their proportionate share of the District's Title Federal dollars.

If you have question about nonpublic school services, please contact Sara Lein, Director of Special Education at 
651-403-7019 or

If you have questions about special education services at the nonpublic schools, please contact Rachel Johnston, Special Education Coordinator at 651-403-7017 or


Homeschooling is a commitment of time, resources, and planning. It is suggested that parents and guardians research this option before a decision to homeschool is made.

Please view the information below regarding homeschooling your child(ren). The Non-accredited, Nonpublic School Full Report or the Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction forms are due back to our district office by October 1 of each year. The Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students is also due in the district office by October 1 of each year.

Mail forms to:
Reina Ferguson
Enrollment Coordinator
1897 Delaware Avenue
Mendota Heights, MN  55118

If you have any questions, please contact Reina at 651-403-7030 or

Access additional information by visiting MDE:

For questions regarding special education, please contact Rachel Johnston at 651-403-7017 or

Homeschooling Resources