Advanced Studies Program
at St. Paul’s School
One of the preeminent boarding schools in the country, St. Paul's School is located in Concord, NH--a mere 32 miles from Raymond. For over 50 years, St. Paul's has offered the Advanced Studies Program for New Hampshire students the summer before their senior year of high school. The ASP runs for five weeks and hosts approximately 250 students, all of whom live on campus for the duration of the program.
Students enroll in a master course from a list of 22 college-level classes, which meets six days a week. Master courses taken by RHS students in the past have included Ancient Greece, Forbidden Fictions, Advanced Math, Shakespeare for Performance, World Religions, Law and Government and Ecology. In addition, each student takes a Writing Workshop focused on creative nonfiction and the college application essay. Courses are taught by a wide range of top educators, many of whom are St. Paul's faculty.
While the ASP provides an intensive and enriching academic experience, the program also fosters an incredible sense of community and personal growth. Students learn the importance of living together and cultivating a sense of place while also being encouraged in personal self-reflection and open-mindedness. In addition to attending class, students participate in daily residential activities such as morning chapel and afternoon sports. The ASP also offers optional activities such as marching band, open-mic nights, and other weekend social activities.
Another central focus of the ASP experience is the college application process. The program employs college counselors who offer one-on-one advising sessions in addition to weekly informational sessions on topics such as the Common Application, college athletics, and admissions interviews. The ASP hosts a college fair that draws representatives from many highly competitive colleges. The result is that students graduate from the ASP feeling more prepared for the college application process—as well as what comes after.
The total cost of ASP is set in January of each year. For 2016, it will be $4,150. Substantial financial aid is available and no one should be deterred by financial limitations from applying for admission.