St. Andrew’s Lower School is a lively center for learning through development of the whole child. The curriculum builds on skills developed in pre-K and kindergarten, and uses an active, hands-on approach that makes learning exciting, fun, and contagious.
The language arts program includes opportunities for pleasure reading and self-expression. Math skills are incorporated into routine parts of the day, and children look forward to performing experiments in the well-equipped science lab. Instruction in foreign language, visual art, music, physical education, and computer skills are taught at every grade level. Students in pre-K4 through fourth grade gather as a community for a weekly chapel service; families are welcome to attend.
Lower School classes are limited to 20 students, ensuring one-on-one attention for every child. A learning facilitator is available in kindergarten through fourth grade to reinforce and strengthen academic skills.
St. Andrew’s students in fifth through twelfth grade attend classes on the 74-acre North Campus in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The expansive North Campus is a stimulating, unique setting where older students enjoy a sense of independence. The open-air campus replaces crowded hallways with green spaces ideal for study breaks or relaxing with friends between classes.
St. Andrew’s was the first high school in Mississippi with a wireless campus. Upper School students work on laptops, which place a wealth of information at their fingertips anywhere on campus. Outstanding facilities on the North Campus include the McRae Science Center, a state-of-the-art learning facility for science and math that was the result of our recent Campaign for Science and Art; the Speer-Lyell Observatory, the first observatory on a high school campus in Mississippi; the Walker Resource Center, a technology center and library that encourages collaboration; and the Center for Performing Arts, an unparalleled facility for musicals, plays, concerts, weekly chapel services, and other assemblies.
“The Upper School campus has an undeniable sense of freedom. Nothing in my school day is more relaxing then spending a study hall doing my homework on a sunny day under the clear blue sky.”
Gabrielle Merritt, Class of 2009