St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP)

St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP)
School Overview:
Studying at SPP St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) is a private high school located in St. Paul, MN. SPP was established in 2003 as the first school in the Nacel International School System. At SPP, we deliver a unique educational experience to students from the Twin Cities and around the world; over 70 countries have been represented at SPP. Our small class sizes allow for challenging curriculum with individualized learning, all within an internationally rich environment. SPP is an AdvancEd accredited, university preparatory school, enrolling students in grades 9 through 12.
SPP Mission:
We prepare our international student body for success in a global society by offering a university preparatory education, comprehensive language instruction, and cultural exchange opportunities.
Drawing on Raspverry IslandLocated in the heart of downtown St. Paul, SPP offers students incredible opportunities. St. Paul/ Minneapolis, often referred to as the Twin Cities, is among the “Top 10 Smartest Cities in the United States,” according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report. With over 20 Fortune 500 companies using the two cities as a headquarters, the Twin Cities are a great place to live and learn.

The Twin Cities are known for its highly educated demographics and offers more than 35 universities and colleges, including:
  • University of Minnesota,
  • St. Thomas University,
  • Macalester College,
  • Augsburg College,
  • Concordia University,
  • Hamline University, and
  • Bethel University, just to name a few.
SPP is located in Cray Plaza giving students the opportunity to learn in a professional environment, instead of a traditional American school. This close proximity to technological-based companies, financial institutions, and commercial businesses provides an atmosphere similar to a university setting. Our location also allows students the opportunity to use amenities including, a local YMCA, city libraries, and local performing arts center. 
The Student Experience:
Home life:
Our international students live with Host Families during their time at SPP. The homestay experience enriches perspectives in a way that cannot be taught in class or seen in movies. Living with a Host Family is fun and safe, as families are screened in accordance with U.S. government regulations.

Life at St. Paul Preparatory School From the classroom to the home life, SPP provides a guided learning experience. It’s important to us that each student’s home culture is valued and included in the learning process. We encourage students to share their personal experiences to increase the awareness and understanding of their peers and the larger global community.

SPP offers courses in: science, mathematics, language arts, foreign languages, social sciences, arts, and physical education. For students in need of additional language coaching, we offer academic support classes and differentiated instruction to students while in university preparatory classes. Students can also take advantage of our Learning Resource Center, a free after-school homework help program that is open to all students for all courses.

SPP students gain a sense of cultural competency and self awareness, while learning in our international environment. Students can focus on their traditional high school diploma, and at the same time work toward graduating from SPP’s Art Institute, STEM Program, or with a Certificate in International Business.

Advanced Placement Courses & University Preparation:
To provide students with additional academic challenges, we offer several Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses allow students to explore subject matter at an accelerated level and prepare them to take the standardized AP exams in May.  Many colleges and universities around the world award credit for qualifying exam scores.

Our dedicated faculty work hard with students to help achieve their fullest potential. Because of this dedication, our students consistently score higher than average in Minnesota and around the nation on AP course test scores. AP courses offered include:
  • AP Art
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Calculus AB & BC
  • AP Technology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP World
  • AP U.S. History
University Prep: All SPP students participate in the following programs:
  • ACT & SAT prep coursework and testing
  • TOEFL training and testing
  • University Prep Classes
  • University Application process over seen by school advisor
  • One-on-one counseling for University selection process
The results are clear: St. Paul Preparatory students are critical thinkers, skilled researchers, analytical problem solvers, and informed decision-makers. Our students are effective communicators with people from around the world and capable of engaging in debate. SPP students pursue career paths at the highest intellectual and creative levels upon leaving our institution.
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