St. Paul Academy - Summit School

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  • 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.

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St. Paul Academy - Summit School places among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1900
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students911 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade St. Paul Academy - Summit School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers107 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1270
Average ACT score29
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Lower school-dress code, middle and upper-appropriate dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$14,926
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorHeather Cameron Ploen
Admissions AssociateJulie McGlincey


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsAlpine 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.Club or Organization:
Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:

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.
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The average private school tuition in Saint Paul, MN is $5,389 for elementary schools and $17,425 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Saint Paul, MN is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).