St. Paul Academy and Summit School believes that the pursuit of competitive excellence and success in athletics is central to our mission as a school, and an integral part of a complete educational experience.
Athletic competition is a powerful educational experience that promotes the development of leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and commitment to a team, and it is in alignment with our mission of shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world. Our student-athletes are coached to work hard towards collective goals, to strengthen their individual skills and to persevere when confronted by challenges.
Team sports at SPA are introduced as class activities in the physical education program starting in Grade 3, and interscholastic competition begins in Grade 5. The Middle School athletics program is very strong, with more than 80% of students in Grades 6-8 participating in at least one SPA team sport. In the Upper School, our varsity teams are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the state and our athletes are regularly recognized through selection to regional and national team events. Annually, the school fields 90 teams in 15 sports, with teams participating in over 1000 contests in 42 weeks.
- Provide a range of opportunities for students to compete in the sport and level of their choice
- Help our student-athletes reach their team and individual athletic goals
- Encourage levels of excellence from our athletic teams that match our expectations in the classroom
- Instill appreciation of commitment to team, school and fitness
- Teach rules, skills, self-discipline, cooperation, sportsmanship, respect and commitment to shared goals
- Support positive self-image and confidence gained through athletic participation
Competition is the essential ingredient of the athletic program. We encourage our student-athletes to embrace challenge, overcome obstacles, think creatively, cherish loyalty and, most importantly, to compete with enthusiasm. Competition helps students to do their best and helps them learn how to deal with both winning and losing in a respectful, socially acceptable way. Our student-athletes are expected to play with determination, compete fairly, and respect the efforts of their opponents.