Phase II frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Dorothy Goldie, Director of Institutional Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for your support!