Curriculum


Minimum requirements for graduation:

English: 4 credits (to include English in grades 9,10,11, and 12)
History: 4 credits (to include World I, World II, and United States)
Math: 4 credits (to include Algebra 1, which can be taken in eighth grade, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus)
Science: 3 credits (to include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
World and Classical Languages: 3 credits (in the same language)
Fine Arts: 3 credits
Service Learning: 100 approved hours
Health and Wellness: 1/2 credit (9th grade)


English Course Descriptions

Courses offered by the English Department provide an opportunity to read and discuss literature and to write on a range of topics in a variety of ways. Through the study of composition and grammar, students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly, to define abstract concepts, and to organize their ideas.


Fine Arts Course Descriptions

The Fine Arts Department strives to provide all Upper School students with numerous opportunities for meaningful self-expression and creative exploration. In addition to involving the students intellectually, personally, and emotionally, the knowledge of the content learned assists students in developing skills that will transfer to other disciplines and life situations.


History Course Descriptions

The History Department encourages students to think as an historian. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, students learn how to read, write, and communicate about the critical study of change over time and its impact on our world today. By enhancing the skills of historical writing, reading, discussion, research and, above all, critical thinking, a student at every level is encouraged to study history with a questioning and empathetic approach.


Mathematics Course Descriptions

Courses offered by the Math Department provide students opportunities to understand and use the language of mathematics; to develop and demonstrate a logical approach to problem solving; and to become increasingly more independent in their learning. Students will use technology to solve problems and analyze data.


Science Course Descriptions

Because we live in a world that is dominated by the influence of science and technology, the ability to make informed decisions as voters and consumers requires an understanding and appreciation of the nature of science. Since science is both a body of knowledge and a process of investigation, these two components are an integral part of each course in the Science Department. Students should expect a challenging course of study that encourages higher-level reasoning, incorporates the use of technology and involves laboratory inquiry. The science curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, discussion, analysis, synthesis, scientific reasoning, and research skills. Reference works include texts, primary sources, and current science news publications. Since all students have their own laptops and every classroom has wireless network connection, frequent use is made of current scientific information available through Internet access and web tools.


World and Classical Languages Course Descriptions

The World and Classical Language Department at St. Andrew’s offer various levels of 7 languages: Mandarin, Spanish, French, Latin, Greek, German, and Arabic. Students begin studying Mandarin and Spanish in the Lower School, and then broaden their exposure to languages in the Middle School, including with quarter-long electives. In grades 7 and 8, students select one of four languages (Mandarin, Spanish, French, or Latin) to study for the two years. In the Upper School, students can continue with the study of the same language, change languages, or study two languages; but Upper School students must study at least one language for three years in high school in order to graduate. In addition to these extensive offerings, which include Advanced Placement courses in Spanish, French, Latin, and Chinese, advanced Upper School students also can study German, Greek, Italian, and Arabic, which are offered as year-long electives.


South Campus • Pre-K3 to 4th grade • 4120 Old Canton Road • Jackson, MS 39216 • 601-987-9300
North Campus • Grades 5 to 12 • 370 Old Agency Road • Ridgeland, MS 39157 • 601-853-6000

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