On December 8, 2015 Head of School Sean Murphy wrote a letter to the St. Andrew's community outlining the next vision for St. Andrew's Episcopal School:
Dear St. Andrew's Families, Alumni, and Friends,
I am delighted to share with you all an overview of the Master Site Plan for St. Andrew's Episcopal School. More than a year of collaboration with parents, faculty, students, trustees, and consultants, has created this exciting new vision for our school. The process was as important as the final product and has resulted in a series of projects that reflects the needs and desires of our entire community.
In the link provided in this letter, you will see architectural concepts that reflect our interest in innovative education, 21st century student-centered learning, sustainability, natural beauty, upgraded facilities and new buildings to accommodate our growth and progress. Reimagined landscaping, entrances, classroom facilities, gymnasiums, STEM/STEAM centers, and performing arts spaces are designed in phases of development on both campuses. The recently acquired 93 additional acres at the Upper School provide some impervious cover for future buildings and a landbank. Overall we believe this is an outstanding plan that will enhance our abilities to educate and prepare our students in every way.
Many thanks to our Master Site Plan Strategic Task Force, Co-Chaired by Heidi Cahill and Sam Wilson, with members Dean Almy, Tom Daniel, Jeff Howard, Anne Smalling, and Jerry Speitel. And thanks to our team of consultants, led by UTILE architects Tim and Mimi Love and Chris Genter, Chris Moyles of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, John Hart Asher and Matt O'Toole of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center/ Ecosystems Design Group, Don Sansom of Urban Design Group, Vivek Deshpande of Kimley-Horn, and Charles Heimsath of Capitol Markets Research. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our faculty, staff, students, trustees, and parents who participated in our forums, focus groups, and questionnaires.
St. Andrew's was founded in 1952 with a $4,000 loan and a faithful group of parents and trustees who believed in the value of an Episcopal education. That faith has continued to thrive at our school for more than sixty years as we've grown from a small 1-3 primary school on Pearl Street to the largest Episcopal School in Austin. We have been so blessed by a generous community, and it will take that generous spirit again to fund these projects over the next 25 years.
I look forward to making that journey with you.
Head of School