St. Paul's School Admissions Guidance & Consulting
St. Paul's School Admissions Guidance
What is St. Paul’s School (SPS) Looking For?
Demonstrated scholarship, evidence of leadership, a love
of community, well-roundedness. St. Paul’s is a place
where talented and highly capable students who desire a
strong sense of community with options and choices
usually only found in larger schools can thrive. SPS looks
for smart, multi-talented applicants who will bring diverse
experiences and perspective to its tight-knit community.
As one of the few top boarding schools in the country with
no day students or post-graduates on campus, SPS seeks
applicants of the highest academic standards who would
contribute to a residential life experience historically rooted in Episcopalian values.
What does community mean at St. Paul’s School?
It is not by accident that the entire student body and faculty of the school all fit in its beautiful chapel, built in 1888. SPS builds a sense of community of the whole that begins in chapel four mornings a week throughout the year. The student body is deliberately diverse being 41% students of color and representing 40 states and 18 countries. The dominant philosophy of the school, reflected in its current approach to learning called SPS 360, seeks to integrate social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth into every part of life in the community.
Smallish School with World Class Opportunities
Although a school of just over 500 students, SPS sits on 2,000 idyllic acres including 25 miles of trails and an extensive pond. The main campus hosts over 100 buildings including a world class math and science building, library, dance, art and athletic facilities. Applicants who can demonstrate a passion for trying and mastering different pursuits and whose interest and energies would take advantage of these unique facilities are highly sought. Successful applicants are able to convey their ability to enrich the experiences of everyone in the community.
How can an applicant to St. Paul’s School stand out from the crowd?
Admission to SPS is most competitive with about 16% of its applicants gaining admission and average SSAT score of 89% percentile. The interview is a very important part of the admissions process. Given this, applicants should demonstrate:
commitment to and engagement in community activities in service of others;
passion for and excellence in sports and/or the arts;
deep and knowledgeable interest in multiple academic and extracurricular pursuits
an engaging personality and sense of humor
What are the academic credentials of applicants admitted to St. Paul’s School?
While SPS does not have a specific cutoff for grades or test scores, the admissions committee is continuously search for exemplary and uniquely talented applicants with the potential to excel. Therefore, on average those admitted have:
an average grade of “A” in their previous school year
SSAT scores in the 89% percentile
involvement in multiple extracurricular activities
demonstrated high energy and excitement for community involvement
very strong letters of recommendation
a broad set of interest to be pursued and explored
Examples of applicants with special talents at St. Paul’s School would be:
World class talent in dance or the performing arts
Exceptional skills and promise in any sport
Award winning science or math student
Extensive successful experiences in the service of others
This is the tip of the iceberg. For more information on how to approach applying to St. Paul's School, please contact us.
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