Letter from President

Welcome to St. Paul Preparatory School: The Best Kept Secret in Minnesota!

In 2003, the idea for St. Paul Preparatory School was conceived by Dr. Abraham Ho, Mr. Jaeho Eohm, and myself.

We proposed to establish an international high school in Minnesota where students from all over the world could study together with local students. The goal was to “bring the world” to Minnesota, to create an international community of high school students. In doing so, American students would gain cultural experience and global understanding without leaving their families, and international students would have a safe, cultural, and academic immersion experience while they attended our accredited high school.

In the past 10 years, we have seen our school grow from 21 students to more than 245 students representing nearly 30 countries. During these years, we have seen the school move from a small space at Hamline University to a large school complex in downtown St. Paul, with additional classroom space on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota. Our locations offer extensive opportunities for our students to learn about and experience American culture at its best.

At SPP, we emphasize strong academics and promote the practical application of academic excellence and cultural understanding. We teach our students the critical, analytical, and technical skills necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s globalized world.

Through daily interaction with other cultures, our students develop skills: they cooperate despite major culture differences, they cognitively integrate this cultural understanding into their worldview, and they practically apply this into their daily actions and decision making. To support these skill sets, we have an excellent faculty and staff with a broad range of outstanding educational and professional backgrounds.

St. Paul Preparatory School is also part of the larger global organization Nacel Open Door, Inc. as the original school in the Nacel International School System (NISS). NISS is our international school district currently made up of 16 schools located in China, South Korea, the Philippines, the U.S., France, Vietnam, Poland, and Turkey. The benefit of attending a high school within the NISS family is that all of the schools apply the same curricula and standards, allowing our students to study abroad without losing time or credits.

I invite you to visit our school and to see firsthand the great potential that exists in the world’s future international community.

Frank Tarsitano
President, Nacel Open Door

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