Our Vision for the Future

In 2021 St. Andrew's Episcopal School is a beacon of educational innovation, inclusivity, and wellness, empowering generations of Saints to impact the world.
In 2019, St. Andrew's leadership — with the help and insight of our incredible donors and greater community — developed Our Vision for the Future: "In 2021 St. Andrew's Episcopal School is a beacon of educational innovation, inclusivity, and wellness, empowering generations of Saints to impact the world."

Now in the early months of 2021, we are reminded of this vision, and we are beginning to assess and determine the school's next steps. As such, we have put together a Strategic Planning Team composed of faculty, administrators, parents, trustees, parents of graduates, and alumni to ensure that from the earliest stages of this process, voices from across the community are included. Together, there will be many opportunities to shape the school's strategic direction over the next six months. This portion of St. Andrew's strategic planning will culminate in a school-wide Visioning Day on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

As St. Andrew's works to fulfill its vision, we are continually in a cycle of strategic planning and visioning.  Learn more about the next strategic planning process and those who are leading our effort.

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  • Visioning Process

    St. Andrew’s undertook a collaborative process to refine, reaffirm, and clarify our vision for the future. Drawing upon a future expressed in our 2011 Vision Narrative, our 2016 Strategic Objectives, and our Forward Saints campaign, the visioning process unfolded over the course of the fall and winter of the 2018-19 school year with opportunities for all constituents to share their vision for St. Andrew’s with Head of School Tom Sheppard. This process culminated with St. Andrew’s Visioning Day on January 26, 2019. The Vision Statement was the ratified by the Board of Trustees on February 21, 2019.

    Constituents were asked to consider the following questions as they considered the future of St. Andrew's:

    • What is the most compelling aspect of St. Andrew's that resonates with you emotionally?
    • If family and school are the two biggest influencers on children's development, what is the most important contribution St. Andrew’s can make to a student's development by the time they reach middle school? What is the most important contribution by the time they graduate?
    • At 71 years, St. Andrew's is the oldest independent school in Mississippi, but in school years we are actually quite young – perhaps we are a young adult, still growing and developing. Over the next 3-5 years, how will we grow in a way that leaves you feeling we are developing appropriately?

    The following Visioning Sessions were held with constituents groups to articulate and collect our visions for the future.

    Board of Trustees
    Through several board gatherings and a dedicated visioning session in the fall, as well as in individual meetings, Head of School Tom Sheppard had the opportunity to listen to the vision for St. Andrew’s from the board of trustees.
    • December 6: Board of trustees visioning session

    Parent Coffees
    Thanks to the generous support of our St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association, all parents were invited to parent coffees to share their visions for St. Andrew’s.
    • August 23, 2018 – 1st and 2nd grade parents
    • August 28, 2018 – 3rd and 4th grade parents
    • August 29, 2018 – Early childhood parents
    • September 5, 2018 – 5th and 6th grade parents
    • September 6, 2018 – 7th and 8th grade parents
    • September 24, 2018 – Upper school parents

    Student Listening Lunches
    Listening Lunches with upper school student leaders focused on a variety of topics central to their educational experiences so that students could share their visions for St. Andrew’s with Head of School Tom Sheppard.
    • October 29, 2018
    • November 5, 2018
    • November 26, 2018

    Alumni Listening Opportunities
    Head of School Tom Sheppard created several opportunities for alumni to share their visions for St. Andrew’s. In addition, Mr. Sheppard met with alumni individually both in the greater Jackson area and across the country during the course of his travels this fall.
    • September 24, 2018 
    • December 22, 2018

    Faculty and Administrators
    Over the course of two separate sessions the faculty and administrators provided important feedback about their experiences at St. Andrew’s as well as their hopes for St. Andrew’s in the years ahead.
    • October 9, 2018
    • November 7, 2018

    St. Andrew's Visioning Day – January 26, 2019
    Over 200 Saints representing all constituents – students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and parents of graduates – met to articulate their shared vision for St. Andrew's. The Vision Writing Committee then took collected the Vision Statements of 17 different groups to formulate a single vision for St. Andrew's Episcopal School in 2021.
  • Visioning Day

    The Saints community came together for St. Andrew’s Visioning Day – the culminating step in our months-long visioning process. Thanks to the dedicated work of scores of people representing every constituency of our school – students, parents, teachers, administrators, alumni, and trustees – a proposed Vision Statement was drafted by the Vision Writing Committee and was ratified by the board of trustees at its February meeting.
  • Vision Writing Committee

    Vision Writing Committee

    Mr. Tim Alford 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Middle School
    Vanderbilt University - Peabody School - MA
    Harvard School of Theology - MA
    University of the South - BA

    Mrs. Julia Chadwick 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Upper School
    Jackson State University - MEd
    Belhaven College - BA

    Mr. DeWayne Cupples 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Athletics
    Mississippi College - MEd
    Mississippi State University - BS

    Mr. Colin Dunnigan 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of College Counseling
    Head Middle School Lacrosse Coach
    Western Carolina University - MSA
    Austin College - BA

    Mrs. Stephanie Garriga 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    University of Arizona - BA

    Mr. Jason Greener 92
    Stribling Equipment, Inc
    University of Mississippi

    Dr. Chris Harth 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    University of Pennsylvania - PhD
    University of Pennsylvania - MA
    Hobart College - BA

    Mr. Kevin Lewis 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer
    Vanderbilt University - MEd
    Mississippi State University - MPA
    Mississippi State University - BACC

    Mrs. Judy Menist 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    1st Grade Classroom Teacher
    Mississippi State University - EdS
    William Carey College - MEd
    Mississippi College - BS

    Mrs. Corissa Newburger 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    7th Grade History Teacher
    Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
    Millsaps College - BA

    Mr. Jay Philpott 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Admission and Financial Aid
    University of Memphis - MS
    Presbyterian College - BA

    Mr. Ravi Raju '88
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Davidson College – BA

    Mr. Tom Sheppard 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of School
    Lehigh University - MEd
    Washington and Lee University - BA

    Mrs. Seetha Srinivasan 
    University Press of Mississippi

    Mrs. Vangela Wade 
    The Wade Law Firm

    Mrs. Dawn Wilson 
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Lower School
    Clark University - MA
    Clark University - BA

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