SPA by the Numbers
Enrollment and class size
Overall 2016-17 enrollment: 929 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. SPA has the lowest average class size of comparable independent schools in Minnesota: Lower School classes average 13 students, Middle School classes average 15 students; and Upper School classes average 14 students. The overall student/faculty ratio is 8:1. Learn more about admission.
- Lower School (K-5) enrollment: 261
- Middle School (6-8) enrollment: 257
- Upper School (9-12) enrollment: 411
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. Learn more about diversity.
- Overall School Diversity*: 28%
- Lower School: 35%
- Middle School: 23%
- Upper School: 26%
tuition and financial aid
Tuition for the 2016-17 school year, which includes lunch and activities fee, is below. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
- Lower School (K–5) $25,780
- Middle School (6-8) $27,130
- Upper School (9–12) $28,150
SPA awards over $3 million yearly in financial aid to our families. In 2016-17, 23% of our students received an award. The average grant covers 55% 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 104 teachers average 21 years of teaching at SPA and 80% hold an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate. A sabbatical program and endowed funds for curriculum and faculty development support ongoing professional enrichment and growth for SPA teachers.
Under the guidance of three full-time professional college counselors, SPA students identify personal talents and interests and discover a range of colleges that match and engage those interests. 100% of SPA alumni/ae attend college, many at the most selective institutions in the country. View the 2015-16 SPA College Profile, which provides an overview of the curriculum, program, and a list of colleges attended by recent alumni/ae.