An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN

Program

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, 88% of students compete on at least one SPA team, 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 17 sports, with teams participating in more than 1000 contests in 42 weeks.

Program Focus

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.

Program Goals

  1. Encourage levels of excellence from our athletic teams that match our expectations in the classroom;
  2. Provide a range of opportunities for students to compete; 
  3. Help our student-athletes reach their athletics goals as teams and individuals;
  4. Instill appreciation of commitment to team, school and fitness;
  5. Teach rules, skills, self-discipline, cooperation, sportsmanship, respect, and commitment to shared goals;
  6. Support positive self-image and confidence gained through athletic participation.

2019-20 Athletic Teams

Fall Winter Spring

Cross country
- Girls and boys
- Grades 6-8, 9-12

Alpine skiing
- Girls and boys
- Grades 7-12

Baseball
- Boys
- Grades 6-8, 9-12

Football*
- Boys
- Grades 5-8, 9-12
Basketball 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 5-8, 9-12
Golf 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 7-12
Soccer 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 5-8, 9-12
Dance* 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 7-12
Lacrosse* 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 7-12
Swimming and diving* 
-Girls
- Grades 7-12
Fencing
- Girls and boys
- Grades 6, 7-12
Softball 
- Girls
- Grades 6-8, 9-12
Tennis 
- Girls
- Grades 6-8, 9-12
Swimming and diving* 
- Boys
- Grades 7-12
Tennis 
- Boys
- Grades 6-8, 9-12

Volleyball
- Girls
- Grades 5-8, 9-12

Hockey* 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 7-12
Track and field 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 5-8, 9-12
  Nordic skiing 
- Girls and boys
- Grades 6-8, 9-12
 
     

*Cooperative Team

Spartan Trophy Case | 2018-19

STATE CHAMPIONS
  • Football: The SMB Wolfpack, a co-op team between three IMAC schools, won the Class 4A State football championship in November 2018.
  • Nordic skiing: Peter Moore '19 won the Minnesota State Nordic Championship in February 2019, the first SPA boy in school history to win the title. Moore was later named the Star Tribune's Boys Nordic Skier of the Year.
  • Fencing: The men's fencing team won the State Men's Team championship for the sixth year in a row in February 2019.
  • Tennis: The boys' doubles tennis team of Jeffrey Huang '19 and Brennan Keogh '20 won the Class A State Doubles championship in June 2019.

Teams and individual athletes qualified to compete at the State level in cross country, girls' swimming and diving, girls' hockey, Alpine skiing, boys' swimming and diving, and track and field in 2018-19.


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
  • Girls' alpine skiing won the IMAC Conference Championship in winter 2019.
  • Boys' swimming and diving won the St. Paul Conference Championship for the fifth year in a row in winter 2019. 
  • Volleyball won the IMAC Conference Championship for the second year in a row in fall 2018.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

SPA student-athletes were the recipients of more than 85 All-State and All-Conference honors in 2018-2019. 

Meet the Athletic Department

Rick Johns

Upper School Athletic Director
(Grades 9-12)