LIving Diversity

At the heart of St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s diversity work is the belief that an educational community is at its best when it includes and values different voices, perspectives, and experiences. At SPA, maintaining an inclusive, multicultural environment is inherent to our mission and evident in our community: 28% of children enrolled at SPA are students of color, and 23% of families received financial aid in 2015-16. Our faculty and staff also represent a broad range of diverse identities with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about diversity at SPA.

Everyone at SPA contributes to the diverse life of the school, and we are proud that our school reflects the changing demographics of the Twin Cities: in 2015-16, our Lower School is 35% students of color. This pluralistic community is the result of the thoughtful and proactive work of SPA’s leadership, which recognizes the importance of diversity to the life of the school. In 2006, SPA’s Board of Trustees formally adopted a resolution to incorporate diversity fully into all aspects of the community. This resolution evolved into the school’s Diversity Action Plan, which guides the school in its diversity policies and programming. Socioeconomic diversity is an important element of our robust financial-aid program. Scholarship support is a tool we use to attract and retain the very best students and to ensure that our school is accessible to as many families as possible. This year, we will provide more than $3 million in financial aid to our families.

At SPA, diversity is much more than a buzzword. Everyone’s voice is essential here, and we work hard to ensure that every student and parent finds a place to belong in our community. As one of our Lower School students put it when asked about SPA’s diversity, “everyone fits in here even if you’re just being yourself; no one feels different or alone.”

For more information about diversity at SPA, contact Karen Dye, Dean of Diversity, by email or at 651-696-1378.

SPA collaborates every year with Minneapolis' Penumbra Theatre on Middle and Upper School programming. In 2014, Upper School students performed a series of monologues developed with Penumbra staff about race, class, ethnicity, and difference. Read the article from SPA Magazine.

SPA's Upper School observes the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with an assembly planned by students. The 2015 MLK assembly included a panel presentation and Q&A featuring Twin Cities community organizers with roles in social justice.  View the photo slideshow from the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly.

A signature piece of the Middle School social studies curriculum is a naturalization ceremony planned and hosted by Grade 8 students as part of their study of immigration in America.  In 2013, the event was featured on KARE-11's "What's Cool in School" broadcast

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