About SPS

From the Rector

Michael G. Hirschfeld '85
Thirteenth Rector
(603) 229-4800 | rector@sps.edu

Welcome to St. Paul’s!

If you’re a student or parent just learning about the School, I hope you’ll spend some time with us, here on the website or on our grounds in Concord, New Hampshire.

It’s likely that St. Paul’s is a different kind of school from any other you might be exploring. Yes, we are committed to providing the most nurturing environment for intellectual growth through a remarkable array of academic opportunities, but something else distinguishes us: the fact that all of us – students and teachers – live on campus, in a community devoted to healthy and caring relationships. This kind of experience means that faculty members are available day and night, including weekends, for extra help and individual advising.

We are also distinctive in our role as an Episcopal school, a foundation for our central mission of developing graduates who are prepared and willing to pursue lives that contribute to the greater good – in their communities and in the world. It is essential for us that students of all faiths and backgrounds feel welcome in every moment of school life.

I graduated from St. Paul’s in 1985 and have served on the faculty since 1994. Now that my daughter has graduated and my son attends, I can attest to the intensive and transformative – and joyful – experience that students encounter at this school. Graduates return year after year. They tell us what St. Paul’s has meant in their lives and, especially often, how their best friends remain fellow students from their years here.

Please enjoy your visit, and let us know what else you’d like to learn about St. Paul’s.

Rector's Reading List

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Without Shame or Fear: From Adam to Christ by A. Robert Hirschfeld
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
End of Average by Todd Rose
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
The Expatriates by Janice Lee
Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
A Furnace Afloat by Joe Jackson
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Community and Growth by Jean Vanier
Euphoria by Lily King
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

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