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.
The second grade dazzled parents and faculty on Thursday 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.
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
Fifth graders headed to the Upper School’s PARK this month for an Outdoor Archaeology Lab as part of their "Science in Action" studies. They’ve been learning about skills that scientists use - observing and inferring, comparing and classifying, and data collection - and had a chance to put them into action at the PARK.
Do you remember taking state tests in school, filling in bubbles to multiple choice questions? Were you ever frustrated that some questions covered material you hadn’t learned yet? Did you ever wonder what the point of the test was, since you didn’t get your test results until many months later?
Over the last month, Greg Mele, Director of Outdoor Education, has been bringing groups of Lower School teachers and students to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on field experience days to learn about sustainable design. Greg’s intention has been to gain first-hand experience from what the Wildflower Center has created and to begin thinking of ways to apply these sustainable concepts to CruPARK and beyond.
After placing first or second in last month’s Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) District meet, Claudia Ellington ’22, James Graham ’26, Ainsley Owen ’25, Ella Parker ’22, Anna Wayne ’24, and Avery Wayne ’22 headed to the PSIA State competition on Saturday, April 28, at Texas Christian University.
The kindergartners transformed Eleanor Hall into a bustling cityscape of their own design for parents to visit on April 27. Parents were guided through a beautiful botanical garden, a hospital, a farm, a recycling center, a toad garden village and many other unique places. The Cityscape project culminated the kindergartners' studies of how communities work together, which included many field trips in Austin to see a city in action. See more photos of the Cityscape here.
Congratulations to our 18 Lower and Middle School students who placed at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) District 8AA meet this month! Six of those students—Claudia Ellington ’22, James Graham ’26, Ainsley Owen ’25, Ella Parker ’22, Anna Wayne ’24, and Avery Wayne ’22—placed first or second in at least one subject, qualifying them to compete in the PSIA State competition on Saturday, April 28, at Texas Christian University.
Greg Mele has been rotating the fourth and fifth grades through a simulated dig site at the Outdoor Archaeology Lab on CruPARK. This is separate from the Middle School’s Latin dig and is meant to be an introduction to the science and practice of archaeology. The goals of this experiential learning lab are to help students develop critical thinking and analytical skills, and give them first-hand experience with the scientific methods, tools, and terminology of historical and prehistorical inquiry.
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.