A student's experience at SPA is a partnership between the family and school. SPA's two Parent Associations--one for the Lower School and the other for the Middle and Upper Schools--are organizations formed by and for SPA parents that are important pieces of that partnership. Both organizations support the community in two ways: by providing opportunities to support the work of the school; and providing ways for SPA parents to get to know each other, forming friendships and support networks as their students move through the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
The Lower School Parent Association (LSPA) and the Middle/Upper School Parent Association (M/USPA) are open to all parents, and all parents are automatically members. Both provide a wide range of volunteer and engagement opportunities, and all parents are encouraged to find ways to participate that fit their family's schedule and interests. Opportunities include serving as Room Parents (in the Lower School) or Grade Representatives (in the Middle and Upper Schools); organizing special events, such as the annual Parent Association Spring Party for all parents, faculty, and staff; hosting parent socials; and chaperoning field trips and other student events.
Both Parent Associations share a common mission and vision, contributing to school life by:
- fostering a sense of community among students, parents, and the school
- providing parent education programs
- facilitating communication among parents and between the parent body and the school
- providing volunteer support
Both Parent Associations pride themselves on their openness, flexibility, and warmth. Parent Association leadership welcome all parent (and grandparent) involvement and are happy to help all SPA families find ways to be involved in the life of the school and connect with each other.