Name of School:
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
1712 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
P - 651-696-1339
F - 651-698-6787
There is no “back of the classroom” at SPA. Our discussion-based curriculum is the foundation of an intellectual community where everyone—students and faculty—is responsible for contributing.
The Lower School features differentiated instruction and flexible groupings. Homerooms are led by teams of two teachers; students also work with specialists in math, science, technology, Spanish, music, and art.
The academically rigorous Middle School curriculum is built around a research-based approach to instruction and support designed to keep young adolescents engaged in their learning while safe, connected, and responsible.
Upper School classrooms are marked by a lively intellectual give-and-take. In most classrooms, students and teachers sit around Harkness tables, specially-designed seminar tables that are the embodiment of discussion-based learning.
Our graduates are responsible, sophisticated thinkers who are well prepared for the rigors of college. Students begin working with the Office of College Counseling in the spring of sophomore year.
Critical thinking and imagination are both important here. We engage the whole student to produce college-ready graduates with supple minds that can synthesize, invent, and build—individually or in teams.
At St. Paul Academy and Summit School, there is no back of the classroom. Our belief in the power of personal accountability has led us to create the accountable classroom: a place where small classes and a student-teacher ratio of 8:1 allow unique talents to be discovered. At SPA, children of all ages, from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, learn that they have a responsibility to engage, creating a community where people are judged based on what they contribute, not what they have. SPA: Shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world.
Single-Sex or Co-ed: Co-ed
Setting (Urban/Suburban): Urban
Religious Affiliation: None
Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Accrediting Body: Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Special Programs/Features: Nationally-recognized student newspaper and debate teams. Outstanding performing and fine arts programs. 90 athletic teams for students in grades 5-12.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015
Required Testing: In-house assessment for grades K-2; CTP-4 tests for grades 3-12
Tuition: Lower School (K–5) $24,370/Middle School (6-8) $25,700/Upper School (9–12) $26,700
Financial Aid Program: Yes
% of Student Body on Financial Aid: 22