How to Apply


REQUEST INFORMATION  |  APPLY ONLINE 

 
We are pleased that you will be applying to St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and look forward to getting to know you better throughout the admission process!

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete their entire application on or before February 1, 2019. Application steps are as follows:

  • Completion of the online application form
  • Submission of 2 teacher evaluation forms
  • Submission of the current school record or transcript
  • Completion of admission testing
  • Completion of a classroom visit or shadow day
  • Completion of the Application for Financial Aid (if applicable)

Details about the application process are below. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about SPA or the application process.

request information and schedule a tour

Request an Admission Information Packet online; you will receive your Packet in the mail. Please read carefully through all the material in the Packet, which will include information about SPA's curriculum, programs, and culture. 

Next, set up a personal tour for your family. During your family tour, we will show you our campus, take you into classrooms to listen and observe, and answer your questions in a personalized setting. Tours of both campuses are offered daily; optimal times to tour are between 8:15 a.m. and noon. To schedule a tour, please call Connie Xiong at 651-696-1433 or email cxiong@spa.edu.

plan to attend an open house

Attending an Open House is a valuable way for the entire family to learn a lot about the school in a short period of time. You may register for one or more of our Open Houses using our online inquiry form; registration is not necessary to attend, but we always appreciate knowing when families are planning to attend! Open House dates for 2018-19 are:

rEGISTER: LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE | MIDDLE/UPPER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

 

OCTOBER
2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Lower School Open House (Grades K-5)
8:30-10:30 a.m., Goodrich Campus
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Middle/Upper School Open House (Grades 6-12)
8:30-10:30 a.m., Randolph Campus

NOVEMBER
2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Lower School Open House (Grades K-5)
1-3 p.m., Goodrich Campus 
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Middle/Upper School Open House (Grades 6-12)
3-5 p.m., Randolph Campus 

JANUARY
2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Lower School Open House (Grades K-5)
9-11 a.m., Goodrich Campus
Thursday,  January 17, 2019
Middle/Upper School Open House (Grades 6-12) 
6:30-8:30 p.m., Randolph Campus

 

Grade-specific application guidelines

Different grades have specific application guidelines; see below for details. Please note that all playgroups, visits, shadow days, and assessments can be scheduled in the online application portal.

Kindergarten 

Playgroup Observation: Each kindergarten applicant will attend a Playgroup Visit. The purpose of this social observation is to observe your child at play within our school setting. The Playgroup lasts for approximately 60 minutes. While children are at play, parents are invited to join in conversation with school administrators, admission and financial aid staff, and current parents in our Lower School living room area. 

Assessment: Each kindergarten applicant will take part in a 30-minute one-on-one assessment with a member of our admission staff. 

 

Grades 1 and 2

Classroom Visit: We invite all applicants for Grades 1 and 2 to spend time in one of our classrooms during a regular school day. Grade 1 applicants will spend a half-day in one of our kindergarten classrooms, and Grade 2 applicants will spend a full day in one of our Grade 1/2 mixed-age classrooms. Observation in a classroom setting provides our teachers the opportunity to get to know your child and assess his/her academic progress. The classroom visit also allows our teachers to observe your child’s social interactions with other students. 

Assessment: Each Grade 1 and 2 applicant will also take part in an individual assessment with a member of our admission staff on the day of his/her classroom visit. 

 

Grades 3-5

Classroom Visit: We invite all applicants for Grades 3, 4, and 5 to spend a full day in one of our classes at SPA. Observation in a classroom setting provides our teachers the opportunity to get to know your child and assess his/her academic progress. The classroom visit also allows our teachers to observe your child’s social interactions with other students. All applicants spend the day in our classrooms at their current grade level. 

Assessment: Applicants will take a series of admission tests to assess reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning skills. 


Grades 6-12

Student Shadow Day: We invite all applicants for Grades 6-12 to spend a full day visiting SPA. The student shadow day is an opportunity to spend an entire day at SPA guided and hosted by a current student. Applicants will also have a conversation with a member of the Admission staff during their shadow day. 

Assessment: Applicants will take a series of admission tests to assess verbal reasoning, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning skills. 

 

complete the application by february 1

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete their application on or before February 1, 2019. Late applications will be accepted, but preference is given to those applications completed by February 1. Families will be notified of admission decisions on March 29, 2019.

 

 

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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