We have two SPP students -- and junior and one heading to college this fall. They chose SPP for the international student body, the community feel, and excellent academics. SPP really shines as a place where our boys are known. Class sizes are small and teachers are fully engaged. The students really want to be there. The predominantly international student body sidesteps so much of American high school nonsense. It is wonderful for my boys to experience being in a diverse community where they have gained wider and deeper perspectives about the world. We love the downtown location and the fact that all the students use public transportation (no car culture). The AP/honors class options provide challenging course choices without the all or nothing pressure cooker of some IB/prep school programs. SPP isn't a well known option in the Twin Cities but it should be.
We have appreciated the energy and dedication of SPP teachers for the four years (and counting) we have had kids there. Many are fairly new to teaching and they bring that enthusiasm and dedication to their classrooms. The desire to teach international students attracts a certain mindset and we appreciate the teachers' wider perspectives and experiences that bring them to SPP. Smaller classes means teachers are able to know all their students well and can sustain high expectations and performance.
The variety of classes, from ESL to AP or honors courses allows students to work at the level they need to be challenged. We were not looking for a high pressure, IB-type program and have been very satisfied with the level of academics for our sons.
SPP sets the bar high for treating each other respectfully. Since most of the students are here on their own and living with host families, the school takes a large role in helping students navigate American culture and their diverse SPP peers. Respect is only the beginning but is a part of the foundation of their positive school culture.
One of the strengths of SPP is their caring and tuned-in teachers and staff. As a small school, there is a sense of community that is evident when you walk through the front door. My two boys are well known and supported. Cultural understanding is a top priority at SPP and it starts with an atmosphere of genuine curiosity and warm-heartedness in the student body.
SPP students are held to very high expectations about how they treat each other, in and out of the classroom. The school actively builds a community of trust, understanding, and open mindedness. As an international school, appreciation of and respect for diversity is woven into the culture of the school.
St. Paul Prep is an excellent and very unique school. The international environment offers a tremendous opportunity for students to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity. The diverse student body facilitates a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds. The academics at SPP are very strong, with several AP courses offered every year and advanced students have the opportunity to take college courses at the University of St. Thomas. On top of all this, they are committed to providing an affordable college preparatory education. (Tuition this year is under $10,000 for local students and they offer merit scholarships and financial aid.) I highly recommend St. Paul Prep!
I am student at St. Paul Preparatory School. This is my fourth and final year at this school. I have met many different students from many different countries. A lot of my friends are now back in their home countires, but, I still keep in touch with them! It has been an amazing experience!The teachers are great! They care about the students! They are very experienced! I have learned a lot from this school. If you are looking for a college preparatory schoo, this is it! SPP offers AP classes. They continue to add more AP classes each year. If you are invovled in many sports, this may not be the school for you. But SPP offers girls basketball, girls soccer, boys soccer, and boys basketball. I think my teachers have prepared me for college. That is important too. It's a great school! I can't imagine going anywhere else!!