Lower School

Academics

Build a Strong Foundation

In the Lower School, we focus on students' literacy and math skills as the key to a strong academic foundation. We go beyond fundamental skills: We ask students to think about and articulate what they have learned. This deeper reflection fuels their inquisitiveness and assists in their knowledge retention.

Make Connections

Homeroom time is spent performing group and individual activities, and includes small-group time with the teacher. In homeroom, subjects in science, math, language arts and social studies often overlap to give students an understanding of how ideas are connected. This cross-disciplinary approach extends into the enrichment classes of fine arts, foreign languages, physical education, technology and library skills. Our rotating six-day schedule provides the right balance of variety to a student's daily routine.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Just as important as the skills we teach are the healthy attitudes we encourage. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students identify their feelings, understand how others feel, and build relationships with their peers and teachers. SEL is integrated into curriculum for all grades. Read more about our dedication to SEL here.

Let Students Lead

We encourage students to take charge of their education. This means they may be given a list of homework assignments from which to choose. Or, they may be asked to discuss their progress in a one-on-one meeting with their teacher. This self-advocacy takes various forms depending on grade-level, but the goal remains the same: Empower students to drive their learning process.

Lower School Academics News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Mindfulness Program Featured in “Diversity IS” Magazine

    St. Andrew’s Mindfulness program, led by director Adam Ortman, was featured in this month’s Diversity IS magazine - the diversity and inclusion magazine for independent schools. The article “Faculty and Administrators Are the Front Line to Providing Mental Health Services” discusses how mindfulness can combat the negative effects of technology habits: “As young people turn increasingly to technology to avoid feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, the harder it is to learn to cope with unhealthy aspects of their lives,” Adam says, adding, "One of the most natural things we do is breathe and relax in our bodies. If we can offer these sorts of tools to young people, I think that it makes them feel more empowered to take care of themselves and work with their own experiences.”
     
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  • Seven Students Head to State PSIA Competition

    Thirty-two Lower and Middle School students represented St. Andrew’s with flying colors at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) competition on March 9. For several preceding months they worked hard after school and during weekends and holidays to prepare for a variety of academic events with the help of faculty and parent volunteers. After placing first or second in the District 8AA meet, seven students - Abigail Gormin ‘26, James Graham ‘26, Ava Hanners ‘25, Olivia Korman ‘26, Sally Queen ‘29, Aidan Strauss ‘27, and Anna Wayne ‘24  - are heading to the State competition at TCU in April. Fifteen students placed in the Top 10 of their respective competitive categories.
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  • Get Ready for Summer at St. Andrew's

    It's time to start thinking about your summer plans - that means summer camp at St. Andrew's! Our summer camp is open to everyone, so feel free to invite a friend or family member who doesn't attend our school.
     
    What: Summer at St. Andrew's camp
    When: June 3-July 19, 2019. *Camp will be closed July 1-5.
    Who: Open to all Austin youth ages 4-18 - invite friends to join you!

    How to register:
    1) Download the camp catalog to read camp details and make your selections before registering
    2) Visit www.sasaustin.org/summer. Click on the yellow "Register" button to begin the process. (You can also download the camp catalog on this page.)
     
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  • Download The Highlander Magazine

    Our mid-year, digital magazine The Highlander is here. (Download a PDF version here).Our students have been growing every day in their classrooms, on courts, fields, and stages, and in the greater Austin community. Be sure you click on our hyperlinked content to find extra info and photos. Our magazines are always available to view (including archived issues) on our Publications page.
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  • Ruiz ‘24 Discovers Projectile Point

    Congratulations to fourth-grader Tara Ruiz for being the first individual to discover a projectile point at the PARK! She was part of the fourth grade group that was helping to clear a new trail this month when she used her keen observation skills to spot the ancient artifact. “Further analysis is needed, but it appears to be almost complete and pre-Colombian,” says Greg Mele, Director of Outdoor Engagement. Greg contacted UT's Texas Archeological Research Lab (TARL) to help ID the projectile point. He shares their response, “Since it doesn’t exhibit a parallel oblique flake pattern, I would be inclined to rule out early Paleoindian. Odds are pretty good that it’s Archaic.”
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  • Spotlight on Faculty

    Our faculty and staff bring a variety of talents and experiences to their profession. Learn a bit more about them in this ongoing spotlight series (click their name). This month:

    Amanda Boardman, School Nurse
    Kathryn Culliton, 4th Grade Teacher
    Geoff Harrison, Director of Student Services
    Betsy Ross, MS P.E. Teacher and Coach
    Danny Schmidt, LS & MS Band Director
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  • "Tech Generation" Talk with Dr. Mike Brooks

    Tuesday, February 5
    8:00-9:30 am
    Rollins Library
    1112 W. 31st Street

    We're lucky to have Dr. Mike Brooks join us to discuss themes from his latest co-authored book "Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World." Lower and Middle School parents, this is not required reading, please join us to discuss parenting in the digital age!

    Questions?
    Contact Alexandra Baird (abaird@sasaustin.org).
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  • Join Us at Science Research Symposium on January 30

    Wednesday, January 30
    Open session: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center
    5901 Southwest Parkway
    www.sasaustin.org/srs

    St. Andrew's is proud to host its Science Research Symposium on Wednesday, January 30, at the Dell Fine Arts Center. The open session runs from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and features:

    Research Presentations - Upper School students in the "Scientific Research & Design" class—a dual enrollment class with UT-Austin—will present their original research. These projects will go on to Austin’s Regional Science Fair, an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

    1st Grade's "Waves, Light & Sound" - First-graders will have their original stained glass art pieces on display, reflecting their own scientific studies on waves, light, and sound.

    Periodic Table Tile Design Winner - St. Andrew's joins a select group of schools from around the world to design a new periodic table art mural for the University of Waterloo in Canada. The winning St. Andrew's student's design (for element Oganesson) will be revealed at the Symposium.

    What's That?! Contest - Have you ever wondered: What’s that?!  Use your science knowledge to identify what is going on in five displayed images. The person who correctly identifies all five will win a gift basket from Raising Cane’s. 

    I Wonder Wall - In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Wonder. Discover. Science.” you're invited to contribute something you've wondered to the I Wonder Wall. These ideas will help inspire future independent research topics for our students to consider.

    Questions? Contact Bryan Dunn at bdunn@sasaustin.org and visit our webpage www.sasaustin.org/srs
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  • A Million Reasons to be Proud

    Each year, our students give us a million reasons to be proud of them. This year, we can return the favor: our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends gave $1,004,435 to the St. Andrew’s Fund, supporting academics, arts, athletics, service, and social and emotional learning across all three divisions. Thank you to all who gave and further enriched the exceptional education St. Andrew’s students receive—your generosity is making a difference every day!
     
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  • Destination Book Fair

    By Emma Kim '23
    A low murmuring of voices buzzes through the room, the shouts and laughter of children float above the rest of the noise, circulating and reverberating around the high-ceilinged room, shafts of light drift lazily through the windows, and colorful stacks of books are piled around the room. Welcome to Destination Book Fair. The St. Andrew’s Book Fair has been a tradition for years and years, but according to Mary Whitaker, librarian and head coordinator of the Book Fair, it used to be quite different.
     
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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.