A mid-sized school can pack a punch – just ask one of the 535 students living, learning and laughing in harmony at St. Paul’s School (SPS). Representing 13 countries and 36 US states, each here has a unique story to share. One thing they all have in common? Everyone has the academic experience of their life. Those who join them start calling the school “home” as soon as they arrive. In a connected community, it’s hard not to.
Alejandro, a graduate, confirms this by saying: “SPS does a good job helping us make friends. Each incoming student is paired with a fifth or sixth alumnus who walks you through your first few days, introduces you to their friends, brings you to your classes, and helps you with anything and everything.
Located in Concord, New Hampshire –– set on 2,000 idyllic acres, every day calls for a new adventure or enrichment opportunity. The SPS 360 approach inspires social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth. This is how students build character, gain the confidence to share their perspectives, begin their fight for a better world, and demand nothing less than meaningful connections.
A range of development opportunities facilitated by faculty members –– who also reside locally –– make this possible. So are the highest standards of education, a lasting commitment to episcopal values and a priority to satisfy all curious minds.
As a high school student here, you’ll be invited to try new things as often as you like – whether that’s trying for a new team, auditioning for a band of singers, or creating a new club. Anything is possible when the opportunities are endless.
“One of the things that makes SPS so great is the resources we have,” says current student Tristan. “There is so much you can do – if I have a free afternoon I can go play squash, I can swim in the lake, I can hang out in a science lab and work – I can choose what do on any day off. And it’s all there.
Currently there are over 60 clubs and societies here that range from debate, robotics, gospel, choir, boxing, chess and even fly fishing. Each is set up to help students nurture their interests and develop useful talents. While strong academics train academics, a wide range of extracurricular facilities train athletes, musicians, dancers and more.
SPS sports venues include a 98,000 square foot LEED certified sports center, two indoor ice hockey rings, 15 outdoor tennis courts, a 2,000-meter rowing course and boathouse, indoor jogging track , over 25 miles of trails on 2,000 forested acres for hiking, biking, running and skiing, among others.
The budding musicians of the Music Building or the Chapel can be heard from miles away practicing their next solos or working with the orchestra, choir or jazz group. Dancers hone their craft with SPS training in classical ballet, modern dance, anatomical theory and performance. Meanwhile, budding artists enjoy studio and performance-based lessons; history and theory courses; and visits from practicing professionals.
Anything that students discover outside of the classroom can also be improved within it. SPS high-end academics focus on the fundamentals; but flexible enough to allow students to take varied and rewarding electives such as photography and computer graphics, African diaspora, Asian-American literature, etc.
The emphasis on interdisciplinary excellence makes it easy for learners to achieve a versatile degree. Passionate about art? SPS training can help you develop an appreciation for science. Those who started out with an interest in artificial intelligence and robotics took metacognition or literature classes and loved every minute of it. These and many other topics are tackled alongside a core curriculum that includes challenging courses in the humanities, mathematics, science, languages, religion, and the arts.
Educators also reside at SPS, allowing students to answer their questions around dining tables or in one of SPS ’19 residential homes. In each home, approximately 30 students reside with an average of three faculty members and their families. The SPS journey to excellence is one that everyone takes together.
“The teachers here support and engage in the classroom, but you also see them in sports and clubs. You bond with them so that they can help and guide you. It’s a big part of living in a fully residential community, ”says student Khuan.
Shanghai graduate Alison found even more at SPS. “I never thought I could find another place where I felt right at home, but St. Paul’s truly is my home away from home,” she says.
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