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Encyclopedia > St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Paul, MN, USA
Religion None
Head of School Bryn Roberts

910 total
290 K-5 (Lower School)
240 6-8 (Middle School)
380 9-12 (Upper School) Image File history File links SPASymbol. ... For an overview of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, see Minneapolis-Saint Paul. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ...

Faculty 55 for upper school
Average class size 14 students
Student:teacher ratio 7:1
Average SAT scores (mid 50% ranges for 2007) 590-710 cr. reading
600-700 math
590-700 writing
Type Private, day
Campus Two campuses in residential neighborhoods
Athletics 9 sports, 34 teams
Mascot Spartan
Color(s) Blue and gold
Established SPA: 1900, Summit School: 1917, Merger: 1969

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The school was established through a merger in 1969 of St. Paul Academy, a school for boys, and Summit School, a school for girls. St. Paul Academy was founded in 1900 and Summit School in 1917. The school celebrated its centennial in 2000.[1] Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, SPA is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Cum Laude Society, and The College Board. Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The National Association of Independent Schools is a U.S.-based organization for independent schools. ... The Cum Laude Society is an organization that honors scholastic achievement at secondary institutions, similar to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which honors scholastic achievements at the university level. ... The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board in the United States that was formed in the nineteenth century as the College Entrance Examination Board. ...

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Recent Academic Accomplishments[2]

  • Two SPA seniors have been named Presidential Scholars in the past two years (2006 and 2007)
  • In 2007, SPA's Science Bowl and Science Olympiad teams placed first place in regional and state competitions, and both competed at their respective national tournaments
  • SPA's Math League team has competed on the state level for 21 years running and consistently places first in the Tri-Metro division
  • [The Rubicon][3], SPA's student newspaper, earned All-State Gold in 2005 and 2006, First Place and Best in Show awards from the Minnesota High School Press Association in 2006, and First Place in the Star Tribune / Minnesota State High School League competition in 2005 and 2006
  • SPA's theatre program received the Minnesota State High School League Award of Excellence for its One-Act Play performances in 2006
  • SPA's Art & Literature magazine won All-State Gold Award in 2006, and the yearbook, IBID, received an honorable mention
  • National Forensics League honors were earned by -31 seniors as well as -23 juniors and sophomores in 2007, which was the highest percentage of any high school in Minnesota

In the Upper School (Grades 9-12), SPA has a college-preparatory liberal arts curriculum.[4] Despite being college preparatory, SPA teaches an independent curriculum that does not follow either the AP or IB curriculum models though individual students may opt to take AP tests. Courses have been taught using Harkness tables, distinctive elliptical wooden tables that seat 12-15 students, since 2005.[5] Each year, the school sends several juniors to semester-away programs including CITYterm in New York, Oxbow School in California, Maine Coast Semester in Maine, and Rocky Mountain Semester in Colorado. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President of the US, to recognize and honor some of the most distinguished graduating high school seniors in the United States. ... Science Bowl is a high school academic competition, similar to Quiz Bowl, held in the United States. ... Science Olympiad is a primarily American elementary, middle school, or high school team competition that requires knowledge of various science topics and engineering ability. ... Math League is a mathematics competition for elementary, middle, and high school students in the United States. ... The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... The Harkness table refers to a style of teaching wherein students sit at a large, circular table with their teachers, in use at many American boarding schools and colleges. ... The Oxbow School is a single semester arts school for high school juniors and seniors located in Napa, California, sitting near an oxbow of the Napa River. ... The Maine Coast Semester (or MCS), founded in 1988, is a semester-long, environmental education program for high school juniors run by the Chewonki Foundation and located in Wiscasset, Maine. ...

One of the main drawing features of SPA is its English department, which offers students strong individual attention, helping them to develop their analytical reading and writing skills. General courses are offered during freshman and sophomore years, while semester-long electives are offered during junior and senior years.

The language department offers instruction in French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese (simplified characters) and has optional international exchange programs for students in grades 10-12 with partner schools in France, Germany, Spain, and China. For freshmen through junior year, the history department has required courses that include two years of World History and one year of American history. In senior year, all history courses are electives. Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ...

SPA's math department offers a variety of courses that take most students through a study of Calculus as a senior.

The science department at SPA offers earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years, respectively. In senior year, semester long electives are offered, including genetics, space science, marine biology, and field biology.

The music offerings include two jazz bands, one orchestra, a string ensemble, a large choir, and a choral group. The ensembles all offer a fall concert ("Pops Concert") where contemporary music is played as well as a spring concert where more traditional music is featured. SPA also hosts a free music competition every spring for singers and musicians from SPA and the surrounding area.

SPA has a laptop program in its Middle and Upper Schools whereby the school provides each student in 7th grade with a laptop and students in grades 8 through 10 must purchase one from the school.[6] For the band, see Laptop (band). ...

Graduation requirements include that seniors complete 5-8 minute speech in front of the Upper School on a topic of their choosing, as well as a month-long internship in May.


The schools consists of two campuses: the Goodrich Campus and the Randolph Campus.

  • The Goodrich Campus, site of the old Summit School for girls, is the current home of the Lower School (grades K-5, ~290 students) and contains the Sarah Converse Auditorium, home of SPA theater productions. It is located at 1150 Goodrich Avenue.
  • The Randolph Campus, site of the old St. Paul Academy for boys, is the current home of the Middle School (grades 6-8, ~240 students) as well as the Upper School (grades 9-12, ~380 students) and contains SPA's Drake hockey arena. It is located at 1712 Randolph Avenue.

School hours are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with exceptions for after-school activities. The school has art programs as well as sports.

Notable alumni

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  • SPA's yearbook is named IBID.
  • SPA's student-run newspaper is called The Rubicon, after the river in Italy. It has received the First Place in the Star Tribune's annual High School Newspaper Challenge Class A for two years running (2005 and 2006).[7]
  • SPA used to be referred to as "The Academy." As such, the school letter jacket has an "A" on it.
  • The mascot is the Spartan. It was chosen in the 1960s because the first three letters of Spartan are the school's initials. The official colors are Midnight Blue and Las Vegas Gold. SPA won the right to use them from The Blake School in a football game nearly 100 years ago.
  • SPA's fencing team was started in 1977 as method for dodging the PE requirement by requesting a sport that was not offered at the time.

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  1. ^ Official St. Paul Academy and Summit School Website
  2. ^ http://www.spa.edu/documents/SPAProfile2007-08.pdf
  3. ^ http://my.highschooljournalism.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/newspaperid/1368/categoryid/5859/Default.aspx
  4. ^ 2006 SPA Profile
  5. ^ SPA's Upper School program
  6. ^ SPA Laptop Program
  7. ^ Rubicon selected "Best in Show" at Press Convention



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