Curiosity. Engagement with ideas. The excitement of discovery and the pursuit of excellence. The St. Paul’s School academic program will encourage you to explore your interests and find new ones in an incredibly supportive residential learning environment. Here, your teachers are not only passionate experts in their fields, but also your neighbors, coaches, advisers — and often your biggest cheerleaders.

What’s Your Area of Interest? 

St. Paul’s School students and teachers work in collaboration — in discussion around Harkness tables, in state-of-the-art laboratories and in the living laboratory of our School grounds to investigate new and age-old questions through courses in the humanities, mathematics, sciences, languages, and the arts. You and your peers won’t just acquire knowledge here — you’ll build it together.

108
Inspired Teachers
30+
Electives in Humanities
14
Science Labs
62
Art Courses
25%
Students who participate in an ensemble
2
Ancient Languages Taught

360 Degrees of Learning

Our academic program is enriched by our SPS 360 approach — the integration of social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth into every aspect of each student’s life. Students learn best when they can build strong relationships, experience diverse learning methods, partake in active and cooperative learning, and ultimately learn values-based skills that serve them well beyond their time at the School. As a fully residential community, our students’ learning may start in our classrooms, but it certainly doesn’t stop there.

Living in Community

To that end, our academic curriculum includes our Living in Community program. With six dedicated instructors who teach LINC classes for Third and Fourth Form students and LINC seminars for Fifth and Sixth Formers, the LINC program helps SPS students gain the social and emotional competencies needed to develop into knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.

Distinctive Academic Opportunities

We also offer advanced classes and courses of study designed for students interested in sustained research and deep scholarship. These next-level learning opportunities include a highly selective Applied Science and Engineering Program, the Classical Honors Program for scholars of Latin and Greek, and independent study options.

Ian Chang in Chem 1 Honors class

I have chemistry with Ms. Boylan during E block. I’m in the honors section, which moves through the material a little more quickly. My friend Pierce is in the class with me. Right now, we’re doing a lab about finding the density of aluminum foil and then determining its composition based on that density.”

Meet Ian '25
Faculty Voices

Chris Carter P'17

Meet Ms.Carter, Head of the Humanities Department. She joined St. Paul’s School in 1992 and helped design and implement the Humanities curriculum. 

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5 areas of study. You draw the map.

With more than 100 courses to choose from and a supportive learning environment that encourages students to try new things, the St. Paul’s School curriculum has something for everyone — plus a whole lot more to discover along the way.