St. Paul Preparatory School

St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) is a private high school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was established in 2003 as the first school in the Nacel International School System.

SPP delivers a unique educational experience to students from the Twin Cities and around the world. More than 70 countries have been represented at SPP. Small class sizes allow for challenging, individualized learning within a diverse educational environment. SPP is an AdvancED accredited, college preparatory school enrolling students in grades 9 through 12.


St. Paul Preparatory School prepares our international student body for success in a global society by offering a college preparatory education, comprehensive English language instruction, and cultural exchange opportunities.

Location – The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located on opposite banks of the Mississippi River. Together, the metropolitan area is home to approximately 2.8 million people. The Twin Cities are known as the cultural center of the upper Midwest and are home to countless artistic, recreational, and educational opportunities. Residents enjoy the conveniences of urban city life in a beautiful, natural setting. Lakes, parks, and riverside trails are abundant throughout the metropolitan area.


SPP has two campus locations. The main campus in St. Paul includes classrooms, a computer lab, administrative offices, and a student commons. Students also have the opportunity to use local St. Paul amenities, including the YMCA for fitness & athletics (weight room, indoor track, pool, basketball, and racquetball courts), the city libraries for research, and local theaters for performing arts, as well as a nearby food court.

Our West Campus opened in September 2012 on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, to meet increasing student enrollment.


St. Paul Preparatory School offers a wide variety of courses in science, mathematics, language arts, foreign language, social science, arts, and physical education. In each of our classes, we aim to maintain a culturally relativistic viewpoint and encourage students to share their personal experiences to increase the awareness and understanding of their peers.

For students in need of intensive language training, SPP offers multiple levels of ESL (English as a second language) courses to help students transition into our college preparatory classes. Our ESL program concentrates not only on the mechanics of English, but on the application of English in the content areas.

SPP graduation requirements correspond with the AdvancED guidelines for college preparatory schools and meet or exceed the Minnesota state graduation standards.

Advanced Placement Courses

To provide students with additional academic challenge, SPP offers 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 examinations in May. Colleges and universities around the world award credit for qualifying AP exam scores.

AP courses may 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 History
  • AP US History
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