Common questions and answers about diversity at SPA are below. Families are invited and encouraged to contact Diversity Dean Karen Dye at any time with additional questions.
In 2015-16, the percentage of students who identified as students of color throughout all three divisions was 28%: 35% in the Lower School, 23% in the Middle School, and 26% in the Upper School.
Yes. In 2006 SPA's Board of Trustees’ implemented the Board's Resolution on Diversity and the school’s Diversity Action Plan. The full Resolution on Diversity reads as follows:
Let it be resolved that the Board of Trustees of St. Paul Academy and Summit School requires a thoughtful commitment on the part of each member of the school’s community to its stated goal of diversity. The Board recognizes that diversity is an asset that strengthens education by encouraging academic achievement, fostering the essential value of respect and preparing students to live and work in a global environment.
SPA is committed to the principles of diversity, and the school strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, class, age, marital status, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other protected class pursuant to applicable law.
Diversity in the educational and professional mission of the school may take many of the following valued forms:
- The school will seek to achieve a diverse population.
- The school is committed to employing a diverse and highly qualified faculty and staff.
- The climate and culture of the school are key ingredients to success.
- The academic program offered by the school should reflect a commitment to multi-cultural and multi-ethnic learning.
- The activities and extra-curricular programs of the school should encourage inclusiveness.
Yes. There are many ways for students to explore issues of diversity and difference outside of their coursework.
In the Upper School, many of the student-led clubs and organizations focus on issues of diversity, identity, and difference, including the Intercultural Club, the Learning Differences Support Group, the Gay/Straight Alliance, the Student Political Union, Students for Social Justice, and the Service Learning Committee. Affinity groups for students of color in the Middle and Upper Schools also provide peer support and space for discussion and reflection.
The Diversity Dean also works with students on leadership opportunties related to diversity. Students attend the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (held in conjuction with NAIS' People of Color Conference), help plan the annual Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, and participate in special programming throughout the year.
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference
- NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- Mixed Blood Theatre education program
- Young Women’s Issues Forum
- Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Equity and Justice Committee
- Twin Cities Independent School Diversity Collaborative (TCISDC)
- Youth Thrive Peace Jam
- Global Youth Leadership Institute
- Colin Powell Leadership Academy
- Midwest Diversity Job Fair
- Nemnet Multicultural Recruitment Fairs
- Rainbow Families Conference and Resource Fair
- Give Us Wings
- Jeremiah Program
- Hallie Q. Brown Center
- Tolerance Minnesota
- Student diversity groups at other local independent schools