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.
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.
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.)
Camp highlights include:
Sports Camps such as basketball, lacrosse, and soccer taught by our St. Andrew's coaching staff
Classes by Mad Science Camp, Camp Einstein Idea Lab
Creative Animation with Austin School of Film
Musical Theater Camp with St. Andrew's teachers, Jason Kruger & Cate Gasco
Creative Writing with Badgerdog
Sports Plus on the Road with St. Andrew's teachers Tom Costas & Maria Brummer
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
The second grade dazzled parents and faculty this month: first, with their "Pollinator Palooza" interactive presentations inside Rollins Library. They picked a pollinator to research and write about - like bats, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies - and created engaging activities to educate their audience on the role pollinators play in the greater ecosystem. Then, before the Thanksgiving break, they performed “Las Mariposas” in chapel, a unique interpretation of the Stone Soup story that showed off their Spanish, music, art, drama, and line memorization skills. See the "Las Mariposas" photo gallery here.
Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World Our annual Book Fair tradition continues for grades K-5 in the Rollins Library this November. New this year, we're offering a Gift Wrap Service by donation for books purchased at the Book Fair.
Monday, November 26 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 27 from 7:15 am - 5:30 pm Wednesday, November 28 from 7:15 am - 5:30 pm Thursday, November 29 from 7:15 am - 4:30 pm
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.