Upper School

Chapel & Community Service

We guide and challenge all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service in the world they will inherit.

Why Daily Chapel?

Daily chapel is at the center of our shared life together.  It is in this sacred time and space that members of the community gather to lift our hearts in prayer and praise to God.  The daily ritual of chapel gently cultivates spiritual disciplines such as silence and gratitude, and sets aside a space in the midst of our often busy and fast-paced lives to reflect on our lives and who God is calling us to be. 

What Happens in Chapel?

In chapel students might hear a homily from the chaplain, their teachers, or their classmates, they might enjoy a musical or artistic offering, they might celebrate the life of a saint, they might engage in a time of quiet contemplation, or they might have an opportunity to learn about and experience another faith tradition.  Students are given the opportunity to serve as acolytes, readers, and chapel musicians, and in the Middle and Upper Schools they may serve on leadership teams that help shape the chapel program.  In addition to daily chapel, special days in the Christian calendar such as Ash Wednesday, All Saints’ Day, and Easter are celebrated with services of Holy Communion.

How Are Other Faiths Included?

Worship at St. Andrew’s is rooted in the liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church and the Christian story of God’s love and grace, but is also welcoming and inclusive of those who do not identify as Episcopalian.  Holy days from a variety of religious traditions are celebrated in chapel, and students from diverse faith backgrounds are encouraged to share about the rituals, prayers, and practices that they hold dear.  All students and staff attend daily chapel, and are invited to participate as they feel comfortable.

Community Service

St. Andrew's sees chapel and community service as two inextricably linked pieces of our Episcopal identity. As one faculty member said, "Chapel is where we learn to love each other." Community service, then, is where we learn to love those outside our school community.

In the Upper School, service is a part of our daily life. Service is also a part of our Episcopal Identity. We encourage our students to develop the habit of service because we believe its one of the ways in which we make the world a better place. By meeting and serving those who are less fortunate than ourselves, we better understand the world around us.
We require all our graduates to complete at least 40 hours of approved community service between freshman year and May 1 of senior year.
Students who go above and beyond the minimum service requirements are honored with the "Servant" distinction at graduation. In order to receive this honor, a student must complete 100 hours of approved service over four years (grades 9-12). The 40 hours required for graduation can be counted toward the 100 hours for the Servant distinction. The President's Volunteer Service Award is also a way we recognize our devoted students; it's awarded at the Student Recognition Ceremony each spring.

For more information about community service opportunities at the Upper School, contact Community Service Coordinator Laura Milton.

Upper School Chapel + Community Service News

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  • Dill '04 Volunteers w/SAS Students for Local Charity

    Alumna and Upper School Latin Teacher Lauren Dill ‘04 managed the Reed Park water stop with some SAS students last weekend in support of the Gazelle Foundation's (@gzlfoundation) annual Run for the Water. They made cups of Gatorade and water and cheered on the runners in support of our cross-country and track coach Gilbert Tuhabonye's (@gtuhabonye) foundation that raises money for clean drinking water for Burundi.
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  • New Tweaks to St. Andrew's Day

    What: St. Andrew's Day
    Who: K-12 students, faculty, parents, alumni, and special guests
    When: Friday, November 30, 2018 *This is an early dismissal day for all K-12 students!
    Time: 9:30 am
    Location: Upper School gymnasium (5901 Southwest Parkway)

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  • SAS Hosts Interfaith Dinner for Austin Community

    St. Andrew's is proud to host an interfaith dialogue and dinner - free and open to the public - on Sunday, November 11, 6:00 pm at the Upper School's Dell Fine Arts Center. We'll screen the acclaimed documentary "Of Many" featuring Imam Khalid and Rabbi Yehuda. The film will be followed by a light dinner (kosher and halal options available) and a lively discussion about some of the topics explored in the movie. *RSVP here so we can plan dinner

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  • SAS Hosts "Ready, Set, Go" Resource Fair

    St. Andrew’s hosted Con Mi MADRE’s “Ready, Set, Go” resource fair in August to help local Latina students get ready for their school year. Admissions officer and alumna Jasmin Vara ‘09, who volunteered at the Upper School event, remarked, “I have fond memories of my back-to-school days, and it's great St. Andrew's wants to help other Austin students feel excited and prepared for the next step in their education."
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  • SAS Community Raises Over $625K for Financial Aid Students

    The numbers are in and what a story they tell: St. Andrew’s parents, faculty, and friends tapped into their generous spirits to raise over $625,000 at the Spring Gala for Financial Aid on April 21. These funds will directly benefit 143 St. Andrew’s students who rely on financial assistance to make their dream of a St. Andrew’s education possible.
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  • The 2018 Upper School Department Awards

    Upper School students were honored for their outstanding achievements in the four pillars (Scholar, Artist, Athlete, and Servant) in a special Department Awards ceremony in chapel on April 10. Click here to see the Department Awards photo gallery.
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  • Eagle Scouts Shepherd ‘19, Tobias ‘18 Honored at State Capitol

    Eleven Eagle Scouts from Troop 5 —including St. Andrew’s students Benjamin Shepherd ‘19 and Matthew Tobias ‘18 —were honored on February 25 at the State Capitol in the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, the highest recognition a Scout can receive. To achieve Eagle Scout, these young men had to earn 21 merit badges spanning leadership, service, and outdoor skills, and complete a service project that benefits the community.
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  • Crusader Magazine - Digital Edition is Here!

    Our Winter 2018 digital edition of Crusader magazine is now available online! Look for hyperlinks to audio clips, online articles, and our SmugMug photo galleries - including Grandparents Day 2018!
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  • Varsity Volleyball Earns “Philanthropic Achievement Award”

    St. Andrew’s Varsity Volleyball players raised over $6,000 for breast cancer awareness this year, earning them the SideOut Foundation’s “Philanthropic Achievement Award” for 2017. Last year the girls raised $1,600 for the foundation. Hasie Sherman ‘19 credits more planning time to their increased fundraising, plus more team member participation. She explains:

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  • Khizr Khan Visits SAS on "An American Family" Book Tour

    Khizr Khan's sold out event found a home at St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, with a few seats remaining for some faculty and parents to attend. Read two Austin American-Statesman articles on the event here and here. St. Andrew's Director of Diversity Kendall Evans attended with his daughter, student Camryn Evans '21, who stepped up to introduce Mr. Khan to the full house!
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Featured Homily - February 2018

Daily Worship

Daily Chapel - 1:25-1:55 pm, Monday-Friday. Parents welcome!

Holy Eucharist – We celebrate the Eucharist (Communion, The Lord’s Supper) on various Feast Days and important occasions during the year.

Prayer Requests

We offer thanksgivings and prayers for those in need daily in chapel. Prayer requests can be emailed to Rev. Whitney Kirby

Need More Info?

-Contact US Chaplain Rev. Whitney Kirby
-Contact Director of Diversity Kendall Evans
-Contact US Community Service Coordinator Laura Milton

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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.