SPA offers 21 varsity sports with additional teams at the junior varsity and C squad level, and 80% of Upper School students participate in one or more of these teams. The Upper School athletic program is a part of the Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC), an athletic conference made up of five other independent, liberal arts college preparatory schools in the Twin Cities area.
Upper School student-athletes are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment to their sports and their teams. We consider the playing field an extension of the classroom and gauge athletic achievement both on the outcome of games and on the sportsmanship, continued improvement and leadership of team members.
SPA's varsity teams are highly competitive and are very successful in conference, section, and state tournament competitions:
- State Accolades: SPA sent multiple individual athletes to state competitions in 2020-21: Girls’ nordic skiing (two top-30 finishes, third place, and twenty-ninth overall), alpine skiing (two top-100 finishes), and boys' tennis (second place doubles finish).
- Conference Accolades: The 2020 girls’ nordic ski team won the IMAC Conference Championship, and cross country crowned an IMAC Champion after a first place finish at the cross country conference meet. Additionally, girls’ lacrosse captured the Tri-Metro Conference Championship.
- Individual Accolades: In addition, individual SPA athletes were recipients of more than 68 All-State and All-Conference honors in 2020-21.
After graduation, many Spartan athletes go on to successful careers in collegiate athletics. Since 2015, 15 SPA alumni/ae have gone on to play Division I sports in college, and another 45 participated in Division III athletics.