Upper School student life
Life outside the classroom is an important piece of the Upper School experience. In our extensive student life programs, students find their passions, pursue new interests, and become leaders in areas that excite and engage them.
The two most popular areas of Upper School student life are athletics and our theatrical and musical ensembles. Nearly 75% of Upper School students are members of at least one of SPA's 90 teams in 17 sports; and almost as many--more than 70%--play an instrument, sing in a choir, or participate in one of the three annual theatrical productions. Many Upper School students are both athletes and artists, and most students are members of at least one of the many Upper School student clubs and organizations.
The Upper School Dean of Students (see below) oversees most aspects of the student life program, including the foundational advisory program. Some elements of student life are part of the curriculum and required for all students, such as the Advisory program and Senior Speeches; others are optional and may take place off-campus, such as the Odyssey and Junior Semester Away programs.
Meet the dean of students: chantal thornberry
The Upper School Office of the Dean of Students—known as "the Deanery" to students—is at the heart of student life in the Upper School. Dean of Students Chantal Thornberry, who joined SPA in 2018, works with the Upper School principal, students, and teachers on all aspects of student life, from student clubs and organizations to social events to the student-run Disciplinary Committee.