Phase II frequently asked questions

Why is SPA building the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center?

Since 1900, the liberal arts have been the foundation of the curriculum at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, but we know that we must continuously evolve and innovate our curriculum. This is particularly true of quantitative learning, which changes rapidly as technology advances ways of learning, teaching, and thinking. Over the past three years, we have made significant changes to our Upper School curriculum and math and science learning in particular in the following ways:

  • In 2013, the Upper School moved to a block schedule that allows more time for deep and broad intellectual inquiry
  • Over the last three years, the school has appointed a cohort of young and innovative teachers who have expertise in the integration of computer science and engineering into our Upper School science and math curricula
  • We have reimagined our approach to technology and data analysis

What we are missing now are the facilities to house and grow this evolving and exciting new program. The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center will be a signature piece of our Upper School program, enabling our students to extend and enrich their quantitative studies in an innovative, state-of-the-art space that blends and supports science, math, engineering, and computer science.

Why is SPA renovating the Upper School? What parts of the school will be renovated?

Our Upper School facilities were last renovated in 1975. Classrooms are dated and cramped, and do not adequately refle t the innovative curriculum and discussion-based learning style of the Upper School. In addition, SPA's Upper School enrollment has grown significantly since the 1970s: in the fall of 2016, Upper School enrollment was 418 students--a 33% increase from enrollment in 1975.

The project will be a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of SPA’s entire Upper School, including classrooms, the library, faculty offices, and gathering spaces. This renovation project will begin in earnest once the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center is complete, and will include a total interior renovation of 28,393 square feet. 

When will the Schilling Center be finished?

The building is scheduled to open with the start of the 2018-19 school year, in late August of 2018.

When will the Upper School renovations be complete?

The tentative completion date for the Upper School renovation is in 2020. This completion date may shift dependent on the completion of the Schilling project, weather conditions, engineering findings, and multiple other factors.

Who is Hugh K. Schilling?

Hugh K. Schilling is Chairman of the Board of Horton Holding, Inc., an industrial and manufacturing company headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota. Schilling is a 1943 graduate of St. Paul Academy and holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Schilling acquired the assets of the bankrupt Horton Manufacturing in 1951, turning it into one of the most profitable vehicular fan clutch manufacturing operations in the region. The company sells its products through distributors in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa, with manufacturing plants in the United States and Germany; a manufacturing licensee in Australia; and sales offices in the United States, Germany, Mexico, and Australia. Schilling holds six patents associated with Horton’s products and services.

How much will these projects cost?

The total cost of the entire project, including both the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center and the Upper School renovation, is estimated at $38.5 million. A capital campaign to raise funds for the comprehensive renovation project is now underway.

How long will the fundraising campaign last?

The campaign will run until December 2019. The entire SPA community will be invited to participate in phases over this time frame.

Who will be asked to support these projects?

SPA is working with alumni/ae, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school to raise the funds for the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center and Upper School renovation.

Why are there phases to the campaign?

Building up momentum is an important piece of any campaign and leadership gifts help to create the excitement needed as more people are invited to participate. SPA’s phases will serve as a guidepost for how outreach is sequenced, though we anticipate and are able to accommodate exceptions along the way. 

How can I support the campaign?

Contact Dorothy Goldie, Director of Institutional Advancement, at Many thanks for your support!

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