SAS Diversity

  • 23% of students self-identify as racially diverse
  • 25 religious affiliations represented; over 20% are Episcopalian
  • Over $2 million awarded in financial aid to 140 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 that complements classroom teaching to foster a culture of inclusion here at St. Andrew's. The purpose of this group is to help 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 and concerns. In addition to the Students of Color group, in the fall of 2017, we will welcome religion-based affinity groups and further work will continue to be invested in the Students of Divorce cohort. 

    The Families of Cultural Understanding at St. Andrew's (FOCUS) is for parents who want to stay meaningfully connected to what their students are learning vis-a-vis cultural competency, as well as for those who want to help create an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse educational environment for the greater school community. To this end, several important meetings and events are scheduled throughout the school year.
  • Local Partnerships

    St. Andrew's is commited 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.  For the 2017-18 school year, St. Andrew's enrolls and provides financial support for nine Breakthrough students at the Upper School.  

    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, strives to provide opportunities for students to be meaningfully engaged in learning activities and discussions related to equity, multiculturalism, and plurality. For each school division—Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools—we have a faculty member who serves as Diversity Coordinator. They support Kendall Evans in implementing diversity initiatives for all grades.
Kendall Evans, Director of Diversity
Rebecca Jobe, Lower School Spanish Teacher
Priya Kenny, 7th Grade Science Teacher
Hope Ruiz, Upper School Spanish Teacher

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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.