Middle School
Academics

Student Involvement

House Program
Student leadership is the hallmark of the Middle School experience. Our “House” program brings sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders together in teams on a weekly basis to plan and lead team-building activities for their peers. By assuming leadership roles, students learn how to strategize, work with others, improvise, and handle success and failure. As our Middle School dean of students says, “This is experiential learning at its finest.”

Advisory Program
While the House program brings students together to lead, the Advisory program brings students to faculty members for advice and support. Faculty advisors guide students in dealing with self-management, social and self-awareness, building relationships, and responsible decisionmaking.

Throughout the year, the House and Advisory programs are complemented by a purposeful integration of fun and celebration. Whether planning a student fundraising initiative or joining one of the many MS clubs, students enjoy a safe, creative environment for learning.

Activities & Involvement

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  • Middle School Student Council

    The Middle School Student Council is run by three officers who are elected by their class in the spring of their seventh grade year. Student Council terms begin in the eighth grade and their responsibilities include planning and managing the Middle School dances and the annual seventh and eighth grade Girls' Powder Puff football game, decorating the halls at Christmas, planning spirit-raising events for the student body and coordinating the major fundraiser (Penny Wars) to help fund their activities and to donate to a charity of choice.
  • Clubs

    Enrichment clubs at the Middle School offer students a tremendous opportunity to connect with their teachers and realize extracurricular interests and talents in a small group setting. Each trimester students enroll in clubs that interest them and each of those clubs is sponsored by one or more of the faculty or staff in the St. Andrew's community. Students participate in clubs on Friday afternoons and a diverse array of interest areas and enrichment are offered. St. Andrew's Middle School offers a wide range of clubs; Creative Writing, Logic Games, Documentary and Mockumentary Film Making, Creative Percussion, Strategic Gaming, Speech and Debate, Rock and Blues Band, Yearbook and Cru Tube, Book Club, Legos and Robotics, Creative Visual Arts, Movie Making, Juggling, Outdoor Survival, Scrabble, Math Wars, Chinese Culture, Small Engine Repair, Sport Medicine and many more.
  • Prejudice Awareness and Peer Leadership Organization (PAPLO)

    PAPLO was founded to foster leadership opportunities for eighth grade students. The group is a self-selected core of students who are dedicated to building a middle school culture that is tolerant, open and accepting of diversity on every level. Students engage in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) based discussions around issues of concern and organize activities that are presented to all of the other students through chapel, advisory or special event programming. All of the projects, workshops and programs are student initiated and planned with the help of two faculty sponsors. Each year PAPLO sends seven representatives to the No Place for Hate Youth Summit at the State Capitol. The event, sponsored by the Central Texas chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is an all day event that helps middle school students from all over the area learn the leadership methods, practices, values and vocabulary around building cultures of tolerance, mutual understanding and respect at their own schools. As a result of this long-running work by PAPLO, the middle school has been designated a No Place for Hate Campus by the ADL.
  • Middle School Special Activities

    The Middle School sponsors several events every year to help build community and provide some fun for the students. In August, the annual Middle School Bowling event kicks off the school year followed by the Student Council sponsored Fall Dance and the Winter Fun Night. And, after the last Final Exam, the end of the year is celebrated with the annual Pizza-Powder Puff Palooza. Each of these events provides a lot of laughs and lasting memories for Middle School students

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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.