The Upper School organizes four grade-level retreats each year, offering students developmentally appropriate opportunities to reflect, engage, and rejuvenate.
Grade 9 Retreat
The purpose of the grade 9 retreat is to allow students to get to know each other through meaningful and fun activities, most of which include high and low ropes course work at Base Camp in Fort Snelling. As a complement to this experience students also participate in an orientation to the Upper School on the day before classes begin. During orientation grade 9 students meet with their advisory group, tour the building, review their schedule, and receive their locker assignments.
SPA believes that sophomore year is an ideal time to ask students to look outside themselves and see how they can contribute to others. As such, the Sophomore Retreat provides students with a hands-on opportunity to engage in active service alongside their peers, while also spending a portion of the retreat engaging in class bonding activities and community reflection.
Our most ambitious retreat, the Junior Retreat is a three day exercise in leadership training hosted at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota. Our program offers students a chance to look at themselves, their peers, and the adults in their lives as they prepare to enter their final year of high school.
Divided into two parts, the first day of the Senior Retreat occurs earlier in the year and offers students the nuts-and-bolts of what’s required to successfully meet the Senior Project’s graduation requirements, as well consider how to successfully navigate the end of their high school career.The final portion of the Senior Retreat focuses on the transition from SPA to college. Students are given the opportunity to look back at their time at SPA, but also look forward to college through a structured program that delivers college readiness “soft skills” and guided reflection.