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

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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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  • 2nd Grade's Pollinator Palooza, "Las Mariposas"

    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.
     
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  • Coming Soon! Destination Book Fair

    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 
     
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  • Digging Like a Scientist

    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.
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  • Lower & Middle Schools Launch MAP Testing

    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?
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  • Building Sustainability Designers at the Lower School

    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.
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  • Five Students Place at PSIA State Competition

    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.

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  • Kindergarten Designs, Builds Cityscape

    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.
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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.