Before/After School Programs
Middle School students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. to socialize or spend quiet time in common areas before school starts at 8 a.m.. On late-start Wednesday mornings, when classes begin at 8:45 a.m., a more formal supervised morning program is offered free of charge to all Middle School students beginning at 7:30 a.m.
After School Program
For families who need after-school care on a regular basis, the After School Program (ASP) is a fee-based, supervised program for Middle School students available every school day from 3-6 p.m. in the Middle School wing of the Randolph Campus. ASP provides a comfortable, supervised space for students to do homework, participate in outdoor activities, have a snack, or engage in a variety of planned activities and projects with the ASP staff. Proctors are available to help with homework, study skills, and organizational needs. ASP is available on a full-time basis or on a part-time basis; part-time enrollment is convenient for students who have scheduled activities (such as athletics or drama; see below) a few afternoons a week but need care on other days. Drop-ins are also welcome for Middle School students who are not formally enrolled in ASP. Please contact Vito Sauro, the Middle School Student Activities Coordinator, for questions about the ASP program and fees.
About 80% of SPA Middle School students participate on at least one of the 17 teams open to students in Grades 6-8. Athletic practices are usually held after school 3-4 days a week, from 3:15-4:30 p.m.; times and days of the week will vary according to the team. Learn more about Middle School athletics or contact Taylor Tvedt, Middle School Athletics Director, with questions.
The Middle School Drama Program offers three theatrical productions for Middle Schoolers every year: the Fall Play, the Winter Musical, and the Spring Showcase. Rehearsals are held on the Randolph Campus after school; days and times vary. All Middle School students are welcome to audition for any theatrical production, or to work behind the scenes on lighting, props, costumes, make-up, and stage construction. Middle School drama teacher Ed Williams directs the productions, which usually perform two shows each and are popular community events. Learn more about the theater and the arts in the Middle School.
The Middle School Math Team is coached by Rob Liebhart, who teaches math in the Middle School, and is open to all students with an interest in deepening their mathematical understanding and competing against young mathematicians from other schools. The MS Math team competes in the Southeast Metro Division of the Junior High Math League, and is historically one of the strongest teams in the region.
The Private Music Lesson Program at SPA offers private music lessons in a variety of instruments and voice, and small-group lessons can be arranged upon request and based on availability. Lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric bass, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, percussion, and voice.
Private music teachers are local Twin Cities musicians who are also skilled in musical education; many have taught in SPA's Private Music Lesson program for years. Download the Private Music Lesson program overview for more information about the program, including fees and instructor bios, or register for lessons here.
Middle Schoolers interested in science, technology, and engineering may participate in SPA's First Lego League (FLL) program. FLL is an international robotics program designed to introduce students to aspects of engineering and to teach them valuable technical and life skills. FLL meetings are held after school and on weekends; dates and times vary.