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 search 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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  • What is Atlas?

    Atlas is our K-12 course database that provides broad guidelines on what is covered in each grade and course of study.
  • How do I filter in Atlas?

    1) Hover your cursor over Browse
    2) Click Course Description (short narratives) or Unit Calendar (specific skills) tab.
    3) Using the left-hand box filter, select a School, Grade, and Subject before clicking Browse.
    4) The results show either a course description or a link that will take you to a detailed map of a course's content.
  • How is Atlas used?

    Our faculty use Atlas to document, understand, and improve the school's curriculum - it also helps us identify potential gaps and repetitions in units of study. It is a living resource that is updated and revised constantly to keep our program fresh and student-centered. Do not be surprised if you find teacher maps at different stages of development.
  • Who can I contact for help?

    If you have more questions about Atlas, contact Tim McGhee at (512) 299-9819

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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.