As the Director of Marketing and Communications, I'm often asked, "What sets Saint Andrew's apart?" "What makes it different from other private schools?"
It may feel like much about school life is pretty automatic. Your child attends the local school in the district and shares a class with anybody of similar age from the neighborhood. They generally learn the same topics at about the same pace as most other schools who follow the mandates of the Common Core. At the end of the year, they take a standardized test to make sure that the school is still performing according to expectations and they get promoted to the next grade level if they pass the class. What can be missing in this automaticity are relationships and intentionality, both of which can be difference-makers in the growth of young children and early adolescents.When parents decide to exercise their choice and enter a
Most schools in our area have chosen to draw the line between elementary and middle school between 5th and 6th grade. It’s just at the moment when children are feeling a bit more self-conscious about their changing bodies and wondering how they are going to fit into the social scene, they enter a situation where they are placed into a much larger class with uncertain connections to peers and adults. 6th grade seems like a rite of passage that they need to get through to then have the knowledge and confidence of 7th or 8th grader in the school. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. The simple act of being a 6th grader in an environment where younger students are present can help one feel like a “top dog,” with the sense of
Over the past few years, Saint Andrew's has committed a great deal of time and research into understanding the latest studies and best practices concerning homework. The school has adopted the National Education Association's recommendation of 10-minutes X the child's grade as a general rule of thumb, e.g. a fifth grader could have up to 50 minutes of homework per school night. (In Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, we ask that families read together for at least 20 minutes each evening.)
It may feel as if your child has just begin the school year, so the last thing on your mind is the best school option for next year. After all, your focus now is about making this the best year it can possibly be. You are thinking about homework policies, after school care options, and transportation arrangements. You will get to next year, well...next year. Sure, you are in the culminating year of your preschool or elementary school or middle school, but there is plenty of time to explore options, right?
The most important factor for a child’s learning in school is the character and expertise of the teachers. Research has repeatedly shown that more than the teaching pedagogy, more than the integration of technology, more than even class-size, the quality of the teachers makes the biggest difference. What is distinguishing among schools, therefore, is how a school determines the qualities of teaching excellence. As one of the best private schools in the area, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School teachers dedicate themselves to fulfilling our mission “to educate the whole student, developing as fully as possible the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social capacities of each student.”