An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN


In the Upper School English program, students actively engage with literary works, explore both content and form, and acquire sophisticated skills in analysis, writing, and public speaking. In year-long foundational courses, English 9 and English 10, students build strong critical reading practices, deepen their expository and creative writing ranges, and grow assertive yet generous discussion skills. English electives in Grades 11 and 12 are semester-long courses focusing on three choice areas: literary studies and analysis, creative writing forms, and expository and analytical writing. Most courses are offered every other year. Students apply critical lenses, develop literary awareness and appreciation, extend knowledge through discussion and collaboration, and demonstrate sophisticated expression of ideas in writing and projects. Reading lists feature classical and contemporary literary works. Robust, award-winning programs in debate, journalism, and theater encourage students to deepen skills in performance and print.

English Electives
Upon completing the required courses in grades 9/10, SPA students have an array of electives from which to choose as they meet their graduation requirement in English.  From year to year and to honor the creativity of department faculty and the interest of students, electives are offered on a rotating basis.

English Course Descriptions

Analytical Writing Electives

Creative Writing Electives

Literature Electives

Journalism Course Descriptions

Debate Course Descriptions