Upper School Spanish Students Test Their Knowledge Abroad

It may sound surprising that a group of teenagers opted to spend their spring break in school, but practicing your Spanish skills at the Maravillas International Program in Málaga, Spain, isn’t such a bad gig. The 10-day trip was an exercise in full immersion—in both language and culture—and Principia’s students were up for the challenge.

“Be Our Guest” puts Principia Middle School students to the test

Principia Middle School students had one goal their first week back this January: create an excellent production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. in five days. While this feat may sound impossible, it’s nothing new to middle schoolers and staff embarking on their fifth annual Theatre Week.

Principia Band’s Bright Future

In March, both bands participated in music festivals that included performances and feedback from a panel of judges. The Middle School band received the highest rating, Exemplary, at the Union Music Festival. Even more impressive, the Middle School band is mainly made up of sixth-grade students who only have one year of performing under their belt. Additionally, earlier in the year, five Middle School band students auditioned and were admitted to the St. Louis Metro District 8 Middle School Concert Band, a regional honor band.

Climbing in Understanding: A Transformative Trip to Israel

Principia upper schoolers had  the opportunity of a lifetime exploring  Israel’s biblical landmarks for 15 days. Upper School Bible teacher Evan MacDonald (Emac) led the pilgrimage, elucidating several historical and religious sites, including Mount Nepo in Jordan, Petra (one of the seven wonders of the world), Galilee by boat, Mount Humon, the Old City of Jerusalem, and Bethlehem.

College President Announcement

Following an extensive, semester-long search, Principia is delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Norton will be our next College President, effective July 1, 2023.

SLIAC Awards 2023

Spencer Christensen and Kelsie Huss, two outstanding student-athletes from Principia College, have been awarded the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) 2023 Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Students Examine Free Speech at PAC

Senior Camille Abadie was inspired by her Media, Law and Ethics class to explore questions of free speech. In her role as director of this year’s Public Affairs Conference (PAC), Abadie, an aspiring journalist, gathered a dedicated group of fellow students and got to work.

The Show Must Go On

“What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise,” wrote Oscar Wilde in his beloved, satirical play The Importance of Being Earnest. That was borne out in real life during Principia College’s production of the very same play, this spring. 

Alumni News

Upper School Classes of 1971 and 1972

After seeing the plans for the new Bill Simon Field House, the fundraising steering committee knew exactly what they wanted to support. "The opportunity to participate in a project of this scope and depth won’t come along again at Principia for decades” said Terry McNabb (US’71, C’75) to his Upper School classmates ahead of their fall 2021 50th Upper School Reunion. 

College Classes of 1972 and 1973

“We each have traveled many roads, and each—to one degree or another—was paved with the Principia "cobblestones" that provided us with a foundation and a path forward.” These words from David Morse (C’73) encapsulate the immense appreciation, gratitude, and love for Principia and its students felt by the College classes of 1972 and 1973.

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