Academic Life

Academic excellence is at the heart of the SPA experience. In our accountable classrooms, students in the LowerMiddle, and Upper Schools 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.

The classroom experience is complemented by a expansive program of academic support across all three divisions. SPA's two libraries (one on the Goodrich Campus and one on the Randolph Campusfunction as information centers for the school, providing research tools and support for the effective use of academic technologyThe Center for Learning and Teaching is an academic resource available to all students and teachers. The CLT provides support for students with documented learning differences, academic tutoring for any student needing extra help, and professional development for teachers in instructional best practices.

Explore academic life in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, or read more below about how SPA prepares graduates to excel in college and beyond.

Adam Rosenberg '09

"The mentality in college is that you're in charge of the experience and the professor is there to facilitate. Coming out of SPA, it's what I was used to."  
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Cecilia Di Caprio '10

"There was always a feeling of collaboration that stems from being at the Harkness table, where you learn from your classmates and you teach your classmates." 
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Rosalind Mowitt '10

"One of the most important assets SPA gives to students is the ability to develop strong relationships with adults. Once you get to college, you're not afraid of your professors; you know they are there to reach out to."
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Steven Wendeborn '11

"There's no 'basketball clique' that only the basketball players can hang out with, because the basketball players are in the orchestra, or doing theater, or science."
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1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Goodrich front desk: 651-696-1560 
Goodrich attendance line: 651-696-1414
1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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