Upper School

Global Education

Philosophy

One of the most unique and exciting aspects of the dynamic curriculum at St. Andrew's Upper School is the Global Education (i.e., "Junior Experience") graduation requirement. When the Upper School was founded, the visionary faculty set out to make sure that our graduates would "become citizens of the world." Since then, the Junior Experience has evolved into a program which transforms our students as they apply their learning firsthand, develop global perspectives, and experience new languages and cultures.

Program

The Junior Experience graduation requirement states that a student must spend two weeks in a "dramatically different environment." Students complete their Junior Experience in the summer before or after their junior year. Each year, passionate St. Andrew's faculty members lead programs which stretch our students to challenge themselves whether culturally, physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually—or, more often than not, a combination of all of these. We believe the rigors and challenges of this program teach humility and compassion, hone leadership skills, build confidence and character, and instill enthusiasms that last a lifetime.
 
Any given summer, you might find St. Andrew's Upper School students:
  • Taking salsa lessons while speaking fluent Spanish in Granada, Spain
  • Translating classical texts while exploring the ancient ruins of the Neapolitan coast
  • Experiencing the world of Buddhism and service in the Himalaya mountains of Nepal
  • Absorbing the deep history and culture while speaking only Mandarin in bustling Beijing
  • Tracking the movement of wildlife in the Carpathian wilderness of Romania   
  • Exploring the natural world through artistic immersion in the Southern France
  • Giving back through service while being immersed in the Navajo Nation
  • Gaining global perspective while working in a refugee center in downtown Rome

In addition, students may propose an independent Junior Experience to be approved by a faculty committee. Outside of our incredible school-sponsored programs, our students have traveled independently to work with elephants in Thailand, live in villages in Fiji, experience tribal culture in Africa, live and work in inner-city America, and do service work around the globe.

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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.