• Welcome to Saint Paul Public Schools

    Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is one of Minnesota's largest school districts with more than 37,000 students. Highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, cutting-edge academic programs, and strong community support are among the district’s hallmarks. Our student population is diverse, with students who speak more than 125 languages and dialects.

    Our Mission: Inspire students to think critically, pursue their dreams and change the world.

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    Explore Our Schools



    56 Schools/ Programs

    • PreK-5 Schools: 30
    • PreK-8 Schools: 4
    • K-5 Schools: 7
    • 1-8 School: 1
    • Dual Campus Schools: 4
    • 6-8 Schools: 5
    • 6-12 Schools: 4
    • 9-12 Schools: 5


    More Student Demographics

    • Approximately 34% of students are English Language Learners
    • 15% of students require special education services
    • 70% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch



    • Four-year comprehensive graduation rate: 74.9%*
    • The SPPS graduation rate is higher than the state average for six student groups: American Indian students, Hispanic students, Black students, English Language Learners, homeless students and students receiving free/reduced lunch

    * AGAPE High School, Bridge View School, Focus Beyond, Gordon Parks High School, Journeys Secondary School and LEAP High School included in SPPS average

  • Leadership

    Dr. Joe Gothard headshot

    Dr. Joe Gothard

    School Board members:

    • Jeanelle Foster, Chair
    • Jim Vue, Vice-Chair 
    • Zuki Ellis, Clerk
    • John Brodrick, Treasurer
    • Chauntyll Allen, Director 
    • Jessica Kopp, Director
    • Steve Marchese, Director

    Senior Executive Leadership Team:

    • Cedrick Baker, Chief of Staff
    • Jackie Turner, Chief Operations Officer
    • Dr. Kate Wilcox-Harris, Chief Academic Officer
    • Marie Schrul, Chief Financial Officer
    • David Watkins, Chief of Schools
    • Kevin Burns, Director of Communications