Website: www.standrews-ri.org
St. Andrew’s School has an interesting and inspiring history. Having gone through many changes, the school has kept the core values of our founder, the Reverend William Merrick Chapin, that are still as vibrant as they were more than 100 years ago.

St. Andrew’s was founded in 1893 by Father Chapin, the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington. He was a visionary and man of great generosity of spirit. Among his many accomplishments, he founded several churches and two schools.

St. Andrew’s began when Father Chapin found a homeless boy begging at the Providence train station and provided him a home. Without hesitation, he took the boy in and founded a school. The School was incorporated in 1896 as St. Andrew’s Industrial School and it quickly became an almost self-sustaining community. However, Father Chapin never intended for the School to be based only on an Episcopal foundation: he believed that St. Andrew’s should serve any student who needed it, regardless of race or religious background. This thinking continues today, and has created a small community that is truly as diverse as the world in which we live.

In 1950, the Board of Trustees modified the original charter, removing the word “industrial” from the School’s name and the Statement of Purpose. By the 1960's, farming had become uncertain as a potential career and an economical way of meeting the School’s needs—so the farming program was phased out. In 1964, St. Andrew’s was granted membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In 1976, under Headmaster Stephen G. Waters, the Board instituted a long-range plan that led to a significant evolution of the School’s policies and operations. The function of providing a home for boys was formally dropped and the focus turned to academics. A program of education for students with learning disabilities was introduced and more emphasis was placed on tuition to balance the operating budget. The School admitted young women in 1981 and in 1982, the Middle School program was formalized.

In 2008, a new Lower School was opened serving students in grades 3-5 which brings back St. Andrew’s to its initial foundation as a school. The Lower School was later closed in 2013 pending a reevaluation with the hopes of starting the program again some time in the future.

Throughout our history, St. Andrew’s Mission of helping students who need an individualized approach to teaching and a nurturing, stable environment in which to live and study has remained intact. As Father Chapin did, St. Andrew’s teachers and administration focus on the individual talents and needs of each student, helping them to discover ways to shine—in the classroom, athletic or artistic pursuits, and in life. St. Andrew's has been and will always be a "Home" for our students.

Website: www.standrews-ri.org
St. Andrew’s School has an interesting and inspiring history. Having gone through many changes, the school has kept the core values of our founder, the Reverend William Merrick Chapin, that are still as vibrant as they were more than 100 years ago.

St. Andrew’s was founded in 1893 by Father Chapin, the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington. He was a visionary and man of great generosity of spirit. Among his many accomplishments, he founded several churches and two schools.

St. Andrew’s began when Father Chapin found a homeless boy begging at the Providence train station and provided him a home. Without hesitation, he took the boy in and founded a school. The School was incorporated in 1896 as St. Andrew’s Industrial School and it quickly became an almost self-sustaining community. However, Father Chapin never intended for the School to be based only on an Episcopal foundation: he believed that St. Andrew’s should serve any student who needed it, regardless of race or religious background. This thinking continues today, and has created a small community that is truly as diverse as the world in which we live.

In 1950, the Board of Trustees modified the original charter, removing the word “industrial” from the School’s name and the Statement of Purpose. By the 1960's, farming had become uncertain as a potential career and an economical way of meeting the School’s needs—so the farming program was phased out. In 1964, St. Andrew’s was granted membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In 1976, under Headmaster Stephen G. Waters, the Board instituted a long-range plan that led to a significant evolution of the School’s policies and operations. The function of providing a home for boys was formally dropped and the focus turned to academics. A program of education for students with learning disabilities was introduced and more emphasis was placed on tuition to balance the operating budget. The School admitted young women in 1981 and in 1982, the Middle School program was formalized.

In 2008, a new Lower School was opened serving students in grades 3-5 which brings back St. Andrew’s to its initial foundation as a school. The Lower School was later closed in 2013 pending a reevaluation with the hopes of starting the program again some time in the future.

Throughout our history, St. Andrew’s Mission of helping students who need an individualized approach to teaching and a nurturing, stable environment in which to live and study has remained intact. As Father Chapin did, St. Andrew’s teachers and administration focus on the individual talents and needs of each student, helping them to discover ways to shine—in the classroom, athletic or artistic pursuits, and in life. St. Andrew's has been and will always be a "Home" for our students.

Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

St. Andrew’s recognizes the importance of preparing students to meet the challenging demands of our ever-changing world. As a community of learners, we strive to unlock the full potential of each individual, developing confident and independent lifelong learners. In doing so, St. Andrew’s is completely invested in creating an atmosphere that gives students the tools to learn and focuses upon each student's learning style.

The Mission of St. Andrew’s School is to reach out to those students with learning differences whose needs have not been met in public or private schools. Our student-oriented teachers are committed to identifying individual learning strengths and teaching to them. Since 1893, St. Andrew’s has embraced social and economic diversity, offering a generous, need-based financial aid program. In a nurturing community, we emphasize moral and ethical values guided by our Episcopal heritage in preparation for each student’s purposeful engagement in the world.

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

After many discussions and careful consideration, St. Andrew's adopted guiding principles as a way of pinpointing the overall vision of the School. Listed below are key points that reflect the core values of our community, and major components in fulfilling A St. Andrew's Education.

  • We believe in and practice the concept of “students first” and strive to ensure that all our decisions—academic, fiscal, and philosophical—emanate from this conviction.
  • We are committed to a curriculum that prepares young men and women for life and ensures that all who seek access to higher education will be sufficiently prepared.
  • We value a community as diverse as the world in which we live and therefore accept students based solely on their capacity to learn, grow, and flourish because of our approach to education.
  • We pledge to offer sufficient financial aid to fulfill our mission.
  • We uphold the conviction that our students learn best in a small, intimate environment that allows for personal attention and ongoing interaction with faculty.
  • We seek to create a campus-wide environment that fosters growth in all its dimensions—intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual—and promotes learning in the classroom and beyond.
  • We embrace the arts, athletics, and community service as essential elements of A St. Andrew’s Education.
  • We strive to enhance the spiritual, moral, and ethical development of our students by offering courses, programs, and activities that nourish not just the head, but the heart and soul.
  • We recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the very best faculty and staff, and we work diligently toward that end.

Academic Overview

At St. Andrew’s, we trust that all students can succeed and our program of personalized education is designed to maximize every student’s potential. While our process varies in structure for the Middle and Upper School, the overall philosophy that links student success to engaged and dedicated teachers working in the classroom remains paramount.

With an average class size of 10, academics at St. Andrew’s is personal. Truly, there is no “back of the class” because we create a setting that is small in size, and allows teachers to individualize instruction while also creating an environment of strong personal interaction between the students and our experienced faculty. Students recognize that teachers care deeply about their success and help them to achieve their goals through a combination of self discovery and guidance. This is further enhanced by the twice daily advising program that matches 4-5 students with an adviser who connect with them every day and keeps in regular contact with each student’s parents.

While the ultimate goal for our graduates is a successful college placement, the process by which our students arrive at that goal is multi-faceted. The curriculum is designed specifically so that each grade builds upon a foundation laid, while reinforcing the skills and knowledge already gained. In the Lower School we work on skills and developing a love for learning. In the Middle School we advance those skills further while introducing students to critical thinking and synthesis of thought. In the Upper School we challenge students to problem solve, develop a world view, and to take personal responsibility for their own education. As a result, we feel wholeheartedly that St. Andrew’s graduates are confident in their abilities and ready to meet the challenges of college and beyond.

Netclassroom - Communicating and providing valuable information to parents and students

St. Andrew's recognizes the importance of communication between parents, teachers, and students. In order to make this a seamless process, we use the communication system NetClassroom that allows us to easily share student information between teachers and parents. It enables parents to check their child’s grades, and schedule, as well as print report cards — all conveniently from home or the office. NetClassroom also allows students to view daily assignments and grades from a secure Web site where informaton is kept secure because parents/students enter NetClassroom using a unique password that restricts access to only their individual record.

Athletics

Athletics

Team sports at St. Andrew’s are an important part of our community fabric; however, the Athletic Program reflects St. Andrew’s School philosophy that centers on the growth of each student and the emphasis on building self-confidence. The research demonstrates that exercise supports the learning process and helps improve thinking skills. In effect as exercise gets blood to the brain, it brings glucose for energy and oxygen to soak up left over toxic electrons. Exercise also stimulates protein that keeps neurons connecting. With this research in mind, St. Andrew’s recognizes the importance of exercise in the learning process and integrates it into our school life. The program is supported by superb facilities that include Sage Gymnasium, Jones Gymnasium, the Fitness Center, four lighted tennis courts, three playing fields, a cross country course, and a Project Adventure course,

In the Middle School, we offer a physical education program that combines fitness and an introduction to various sports. During the year classes will vary but will include an introduction to wellness as well as a variety of intramural activities.

In the Upper School students are required to participate in activities every afternoon. Team sports participate in the South East New England (SENE) Athletic Conference. The goal of athletics at St. Andrew’s is to help all students develop a life long enthusiasm for fitness so that it will not only help in the classroom by supporting the learning process, but also be a place where staying fit is fun.

Athletic Facilities

Our students are fortunate to have athletic facilities for use during the academic year.

These include:

  • Two gymnasiums (Sage and Jones) totaling 29,000 square feet
  • A state-of-the-art Fitness Center with training circuits and free weights
  • Four tennis courts equipped with outdoor lights.
  • Bordered by woodlands, the School also has three athletic fields
  • An adventure ropes course

Int. Student Services

International Student Services

St. Andrew’s International Program meets the needs of students who arrive from various parts of the world to take advantage of our small classes and multi-sensory, process-oriented curriculum. The program addresses both academic and social needs, and it aims to make students feel comfortable as they immerse themselves in a new culture and to thoroughly prepare them for college. St. Andrew’s a warm and cohesive community and provides a “home away from home” for our international students.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes - All International Students are required to be enrolled in ESL classes while at St. Andrew’s. Placement is determined based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, teacher recommendations, and previous experience in studying English. Every effort is made to place students at an appropriate yet challenging level. All ESL classes earn credit. The exit criteria for any English as a Secondary Language (ESL) level will be dependent upon assessment of written work, listening skills, oral skills, academic history (grades and courses), TOEFL scores.

International Students are expected to use English in their interactions with their peers and their teachers. Using English in everyday situations is one of the most effective methods to build fluency and familiarity with a language. At St. Andrew’s, students are encouraged to seek extra help from their teachers whenever they have questions about coursework. Sometimes, especially when students are coping with studying in a new language, they need more intensive help in order to keep pace with the rest of the class. An international student who finds him or herself struggling to keep abreast of class work can arrange to work one-on-one with a tutor through our tutorial program, available for an additional fee.

Arts

Arts Overview

At St. Andrew’s School we believe that the Arts are an essential part of the curriculum as well as the foundation for a well formed life. Whether in Lower School, Middle School or Upper School, students are exposed to and participate in a variety of artistic expression that include visual art, music, and the dramatic arts. As a small School, opportunities abound for students to express themselves in the art program and often students find talents they did not know they had or they develop interests in areas that are new to them. This may involve singing in the chorus, playing hand bells, painting a landscape, or acting in a play, but no matter the medium, students are encouraged to work in the Arts and to stretch themselves in a supportive environment. Our experienced faculty members are excited when students find a passion they did not have or develop skills that take their talent to the next level.

Our exceptional Art programs include the Lower School spring arts productions, Holiday Vespers, the Fall Musical, the Spring Concert, the Winter Play, the Monologue Contest, as well as other opportunities for students to display their talents.

McCulloch Center for the Arts

Our Art program is fortunate to be centered in the spacious 20,000 square foot McCulloch Center for the Arts. Named for long-time benefactors Sandy and Dotty McCulloch, this Center abounds with activity on a daily basis from Morning Meeting, to afternoon practices, and drawing classes. There are two spacious classrooms for visual art that both include areas to display student art. Adjacent to the classrooms is a ceramics classroom with five pottery wheels, sculpting tables, and two kilns for our popular ceramics classes. The music department has another large classroom with enough space to store instruments] including a grand piano. There are also several performance rooms for students who wish to practice their instrumental talents. The theater department contains a Black Box classroom for studies in theater as well as small performances. Larger performances occur in the 280 seat Keats Theater that is equipped with a full stage as well as theatrical lighting and sound. Graphic arts and digital photography classes have access to a separate classroom with 12 computers specifically allocated for the graphic arts classes. Finally the Griffiths Galley is an ever-changing venue to display student works of art as well as the work of our Happy White Visiting Artists.