For over a century, St. Paul Academy and Summit School has been guided by the principle of academic excellence.
The coeducational school was formed from the 1969 merger of St. Paul Academy, founded in 1900 for boys, and Summit School, founded in 1917 for girls. SPA enrolls 870 students in grades K through 12, including 23% receiving need-based financial aid and 28% students of color.
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, The College Board, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and is a founding member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools.
Overall: 870 students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Average class size is 15; student/faculty ratio is 8:1.
- Lower School: 277
- Middle School: 229
- Upper School: 364
Student Body Diversity
The board of trustees recognizes that diversity is an asset that strengthens the ultimate purpose of education by encouraging academic achievement, fostering the essential value of respect, and preparing students to live and work in a global community.
- Overall School Diversity: 28%
- Lower School: 27%
- Middle School: 29%
- Upper School: 28%
Tuition for 2012-2013 school year (includes lunch and activities fee):
Lower School (K-5): $ 23,310
Middle School (6-8): $ 24,560
Upper School (9-12): $ 25,560
SPA awards over $2.9 million yearly in financial aid to our families. Approximately 23% of our students receive an award. The average grant covers 64% of tuition.
SPA employs a diverse and motivated group of teachers who help students mature, manage their time, and become actively involved in the process of learning. We have a well-trained and experienced faculty: our 102 teachers average 21 years of teaching at SPA and 75% have advanced degrees. Endowed funds for curriculum and faculty development, and a sabbatical program, support ongoing professional enrichment and growth for SPA teachers.