Randolph Campus

The Randolph Campus is the home of SPA's Middle and Upper Schools, for students in Grade 6-12.  The Middle and Upper Schools each occupy their own wing on the Randolph Campus, reflecting the school's understanding of the different ways students learn and interact with teachers and peers in Grades 6-8 versus Grades 9-12.

The Middle School wing was built in 2000 and was designed specifically around the academic and social needs of young adolescents. Grades 6, 7, and 8 each have their own floors within the Middle School wing, and each grade-level floor has its own classrooms, lockers, and common areas.  View photos of the Middle School below, or explore academic life and student life in the Middle School.

The Upper School occupies the original St. Paul Academy building and includes numerous additions that have been built over the last century, including a large and small gymnasium, the two-story library, the Dining Hall, and the new Huss Center for the Performing Arts, completed in fall of 2015. View photos of the Upper School below, or explore academic life and student life in the Upper School.

The Randolph Campus is also the home of Drake Arena, SPA's hockey facility, and nearly 30 acres of outdoor space, including 12 tennis courts and six athletic fields for soccer, football, baseball, and softball. Explore the Randolph Campus in the slideshow below.

The front entrance of the Randolph Campus is a sweeping facade of brick and glass, built in 2000 as part of the construction of the Middle School wing.
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On the north side of the building is Old Main, the original four-story home of St. Paul Academy and now the home of the Upper School. In nice weather, Upper School students use the North Lawn outside of Old Main for studying, socializing, or an impromptu Frisbee game; the North Lawn is also used for Commencement ceremonies, pictured above.
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The south side of the building houses the three-story Middle School wing. Each Middle School grade has its own floor, each with a common area used for grade-level meetings, small-group discussions, and socializing.
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The Huss Center for Performing Arts is the school's state-of-the-art performance center. The Huss Center includes a 650-seat auditorium, a two-story entryway known as the Arts Commons, a flexible multipurpose space, and areas for costume and set design. 
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Middle School classrooms are large and filled with natural light. Classroom furnishings are flexible and are often arranged in a circle to facilitate discussion and introduce Middle Schoolers to the seminar-based coursework around Harkness tables that they will experience in the Upper School.
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Upper School classes in the humanities are held around Harkness tables--large seminar tables that support discussion-based learning. There is literally no back of the classroom around a Harkness table; students are expected to be fully prepared and participate in every discussion.
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The Middle School wing includes two dedicated science laboratories. Both labs contain two instructional spaces: one for individual research and discussion; and one for hands-on experiments.
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The Upper School science wing runs along two corridors on the first and second floors.  Like the Middle School, Upper School science classrooms contain multiple instructional spaces: one for individual research and discussion; and one for hands-on experiments.
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Bigelow Commons is on the first floor of the Middle School wing and provides a large, flexible space for a wide range of gatherings. Bigelow is used for the twice-weekly Middle School assemblies; it is also used as a classroom, as rehearsal space for performances, and for special events like the naturalization ceremony planned and hosted every year by Grade 8 students, pictured above.
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The art wing is on the second floor off the Middle School, and is used by all students in Grades 6-12. The large, open space at the far end of the art wing is used for painting and drawing; two classrooms off the main art wing corridor house the offices for SPA's award-winning student publications, including The Rubicon student newspaper, the IBID yearbook, and Art & Literature magazine.
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The art wing also includes a dedicated ceramics studio, which includes twelve potter's wheels and a small kiln. Two larger kilns are located just outside the ceremics studio on school grounds; these larger kilns are rebuilt every few years by students and the ceramics faculty.
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Music classrooms are on the first floor just off the Middle School wing. The music wing includes two instrumental rooms, a choir room, and lockers for students' musical instruments.
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The Randolph Campus library is a two-story open space designed for collaboration. Students use the library for individual and group study, project work, and research.
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The outdoor athletic facilities on the south side of the Randolph Campus include a football field, mulitple soccer fields, tennis courts, softball and baseball diamonds, a multi-lane track, and open green space.
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Briggs Gymnasium is located on the west side of the building and includes both a large and small gymnasium. The gyms are used for team practices, games, and physical education classes, in addition to special events like the Homecoming Pep Fest, pictured above.
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The Harry M. Drake Gallery is SPA's working art gallery and home to 6-8 exhibitions every year. Exhibitions include two shows featuring the work of SPA students, an Alumni/ae show, and shows featuring the work of local artists, often drawn from SPA's Fine Arts faculty.
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Drake Arena is the school's ice arena and home to SPA's boys' and girls' hockey teams. Drake is also widely used by the community for hockey and figure skating, and offers public Open Skate hours in the winter.
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The Dining Hall was built as part of the 2000 addition that also included the Middle School. All Middle and Upper School students, faculty, and staff have lunch together in the Dining Hall, which also serves as a space for large meetings and receptions. When not in use, students often use the Dining Hall for quiet study or group work.
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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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