Diversity & Inclusion

SAS Diversity

  • 24% of students self-identify as racially diverse
  • Over 25 religious affiliations; over 20% are Episcopalian
  • Over $2.1 million awarded in financial aid to 135 students
St. Andrew’s values diversity as an integral element of community and education, and a vital facet of our mission, core values, and Episcopal identity.  We believe that community diversity manifests in many ways, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family composition, and physical ability.  In our commitment to attracting, fostering, and celebrating all aspects of diversity, St. Andrew’s aims to create an intentional environment of equity and inclusion. 

Diversity Initiatives

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  • Cultural Competency

    At the Upper School, a student-elected Cultural Competency Council meets regularly and selects a variety of cultural topics to be shared and openly discussed with the entire community in a thoughtful and respectful manner. In the past, students discussed marriage equality, cultural appropriation and symbols, gender equity, cultural identifiers, and mental health awareness.

    In the Middle School, PAPLO (Prejudice Awareness & Peer Leadership Organization) is a program led by students to discuss cultural topics relevant to our times and community.  In the past, topics have included race-based and other cultural privileges, gender identity,  and interfaith and religious conflict.
  • Affinity Groups

    In 2017, the Lower School began incorporating a Students of Color Affinity Group to help foster a culture of inclusion at St. Andrew's. The purpose of this group is to minimize the effects of racial isolation by providing time and space for minority children to have a majority experience, where they can pose questions and process issues with individuals whose race likely has compelled them to grapple with similar challenges. Since then, SAS has added Students of Color affinity groups at the Middle and Upper Schools as well. The school community also has a Students of Divorce cohort and will continue to add other affinity groups in the future to support the diverse needs of our students.

    The Families of Cultural Understanding at St. Andrew's (FOCUS) parent group is for adults within the SAS family who want to help create a diverse and inclusive educational environment for their children by elevating issues regarding culture, identity and equity in ways that unify the greater school community. If this describes you, please contact Kendall, Hope, or Priya to share your ideas and insights. The entire team welcomes your support and energy! Also, stay on the lookout for updated information about diversity at St. Andrew’s in your weekly divisional email as well as in each month’s edition of SAS News.
  • Local Partnerships

    St. Andrew's is committed to building connections with local organizations which share our mission to educate the whole child and build a diverse community.  

    Breakthrough Austin:  Their mission is to provide out-of-school learning and academic case management from middle school through college to students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. 

    Con Mi Madre:  Their mission is to empower young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education.  We currently enroll and provide financial support for one Con Mi Madre student in our Upper School.
  • Daily Chapel

    Being an Episcopal school means that we value diversity as an intrinsic quality of authentic community.  This includes religious diversity, as St. Andrew's welcomes students and faculty from varied faiths and fosters a spirit of dialogue and respect. The community gathers daily for a chapel service that is deeply rooted in the Episcopal tradition, but that is also a reflection of the school's religious diversity.  Chapel is a time of prayer, worship, and spiritual formation for all, regardless of denomination or creed. 
  • Professional Development

    Whether hosting a guest speaker or attending a national conference, faculty and students have an opportunity to participate in workshops, presentations, and affinity groups related to topics of equity and justice in teaching and learning.  In the 2016-2017 school year our community participated in The People of Color Conference, The Student Diversity Leadership Conference, The Diversity Leadership Institute, Diversity Directions, and Equity Design Lab:  Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Diversity Coordinators

Kendall Evans, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, strives to provide worthwhile opportunities for the entire school community to think, speak, and act in ways that reflect meaningful engagement with the topics of equity, multiculturalism, and identity. Kendall is supported by Priya Kenny at the Lower and Middle Schools, and Hope Ruiz at the Upper School. Together, the team plans and executes diversity initiatives for all grades across both of our bustling campuses.
Kendall Evans, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Upper School Science & Humanities
Priya Kenny, Asst. Director of Diversity & Inclusion (LS & MS), 7th Grade Life Science Teacher
Hope Ruiz, Asst. Director of Diversity & Inclusion (US), Upper School Spanish Teacher

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  • Lower & Middle School

    1112 West 31st St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    Lower (512) 299-9800
    Middle (512) 299-9850
  • Upper School

    5901 Southwest Pkwy.
    Austin, TX 78735
    (512) 299-9700

Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.