Name of School:
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

1712 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-698-2451

Fax: 651-698-6787


Admissions Contact:
Heather Ploen
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
P - 651-696-1339
F - 651-698-6787


  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School - Prep School Tour
    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.

Grades Served: K-12

Boarding/Day: Day

Single-Sex or Co-ed: Co-ed

Day Enrollment: 905

Boarding Enrollment: N/A

Setting (Urban/Suburban): Urban

Religious Affiliation: None

Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Average Class Size: 13

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.

Summer Programs: Yes

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

Required Testing: In-house assessment for grades K-2; CTP-4 tests for grades 3-12

Tuition: Lower School (K-5): $25,100; Middle School (6-8) $26,480: Upper School (9-12) $27,500

Financial Aid Program: Yes

% of Student Body on Financial Aid: 22