ASP at Fifty Two

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Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian, ASP 1995

Welcome to the 52nd Session of ASP!

St. Paul’s School founded the Advanced Studies Program in 1958 to provide talented New Hampshire public and parochial high school juniors with challenging educational opportunities, and use of the Ohrstrom Library is integral to this enriching experience.  The staff of Ohrstrom Library welcomes ASP faculty and students and hope that you enjoy and take advantage of its collections and services this summer.

Did you know?

  • The ASP went co-ed in 1961 (10 years before SPS).
  • The ice-cream machine in the Upper is provided by the ASP.
  • In its early years, the ASP was primarily focused on math and science, offering such courses as: biology, calculus, chemistry and physics.
  • The evening door count at the library is at its highest during the ASP. During the 5 week 2008-09 summer ASP session, Ohrstrom Library had 18,118 visits.
  • Man and Media, a pre-cursor to today’s Mass Media course, was taught by author, and former SPS and ASP faculty member, Richard Lederer.
  • College Counseling services were added to the ASP in 1979.
  • In a green effort, the school dining hall went trayless in 2006 – beginning with that year’s ASP class.
  • The School Rector, William R. Matthews, Jr., SPS ’61, is also a former ASP faculty member.
  • Despite the flood of May 2006, the ASP still ran, but without access to Hargate or Ohrstrom Library.
  • Returning ASP faculty member, Richard E. Schade, SPS ’62, met the very first ASP class during his summer job at the SPS school bookstore.
  • There are currently over 10,000 ASP alumni!

What/who else was “born” in 1958?  : The Grammy award, Sweet ‘n Low, Pizza Hut, Cocoa Krispies, American Express, Kevin Bacon, Madonna and Alec Baldwin.

  1. Thérèse Fafard

    My ASP experience 1979 was what introduced me to the world of Small Liberal Arts Colleges. I met the Deans of Admission: Dean Wall & Dean Deitrich of Amherst College at the ASP college fair I. I was the first person in my family to go to college and would not have known about small liberal arts colleges like Amherst, Bowdoin and Middlebury. I ended up choosing Amherst College. The ASP was one of those eye-opening, world changing experiences for me. Thank you for opening your school, campus to public school students. I attended from Mascenic Regional High School in 1979!

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