Middle School
Academics

Curriculum

Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School’s curriculum is about continued academic and personal growth in preparation for Upper School. Classes on technology and theology move students into deeper intellectual territory, while the physical education/athletics requirement asks our students to work together while pushing themselves physically. We keep our students connected to each other through daily team-building activities, advisory meetings, trips, and community service programs.

Perhaps most important of all is the expectation for students to take-on leadership roles; lead a class discussion, plan and host a community activity, or rally classmates in support of an offsite event. These leadership roles develop a student's confidence and sense of responsibility, traits they will need to be successful at the Upper School.

Program Highlights

Project Citizen

Combining knowledge and skills gleaned from their civics and speech/debate classes, eighth-graders spend their spring trimester on "Project Citizen." This experiential project requires students to select an issue (local, state, or national) to research in order to develop a proposed solution. They must venture beyond Google results, often conducting interviews with experts and attending relevant community gatherings. Culminating in a Civics Fair, in which they present their findings to their peers, faculty, and parents, the project ultimately shows students how easily they can get involved to help solve today's problems.

Philosophy & Goals

The St. Andrew’s curriculum is challenging, creative, and comprehensive. It has been crafted to promote the mastery of essential skills and to provide opportunities for students to develop their potential. It also allows teachers to weave in areas of study about which they are particularly knowledgeable or passionate, making for a rich and unique educational experience.

Over the course of their lives at St. Andrew's, our students develop:

  • Christian values and character;
  • essential study skills;
  • an appreciation for the fine arts;
  • physical fitness and good sportsmanship;
  • responsibility, self-discipline, and self-respect; and
  • concern for others through community service.

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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.