St Paul Academy - Summit

St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Paul, Minnesota
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Our mission—to shape the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world—is a promise to our students and our families.
  • Students are taught how to think clearly and creatively. We open doors, show them pathways and support their passions.
  • Each child learns to apply their individual talents, and to embrace their potential.
  • Our faculty and staff model and coach students on how to be sensitive to the personal struggles of others.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1900

Student Body

Total Students 919 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade St Paul Academy - Summit Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 97 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1270
Average ACT score 29
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Lower school-dress code, middle and upper-appropriate dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $27,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $14,926
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Heather Cameron Ploen
Admissions Associate Julie McGlincey


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Ice HockeySoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chess Club, Theatre Chess Club, Theatre,

School Notes

  • At SPA, students are challenged by what we believe is the best academic curriculum in Minnesota. They are supported by the individual attention that is made possible by the lowest average class size of comparable independent schools in the state: Lower School classes average 13 students; Middle School classes average 15 students; and Upper School classes average 14 students. Across all three divisions, our student/teacher ratio is 8:1.
  • In the Lower School, these small classes, each led by a teaching team of two homeroom teachers, allow for a thorough and age-appropriate introduction to intellectual inquiry. The careful use of differentiation--grouping students into small learning cohorts--allows master teachers to offer plenty of attention and indivdiualized guidance to our youngest students. Academic technology is introduced in Kindergarten and is integrated into learning in both the homerooms and specialists classes.
  • In the Middle School, an increasingly rigorous curriculum is supported by Developmental Designs for Middle School, a social-emotional pedagogy in which teachers push students intellectually while still offering them the support they need to navigate young adolescence. The advisory system is a fundamental component of this support, as is the continued use of academic technology with an emphasis on digital citizenship and online safety.
  • By the time they enter Upper School, students are ready for SPA's challenging and innovative college preparatory program that emphasizes discussion-based learning, advanced inquiry, lively discussion around Harkness seminar tables, and deep engagement with ideas. As students prepare for life after SPA, our extenstive College Counseling program begins, with each student assigned one of three full-time College Counselors in Grade 10.

Profile last updated: 06/05/2016

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The average private school tuition in Saint Paul, MN is $5,231 for elementary schools and $14,323 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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