Lower School

Student Support

Lower School Learning Center

St. Andrew's Learning Centers strive to create a learning environment that embraces the diversity of its learners and empowers them to realize their educational potential. The Lower School Learning Center is staffed by a full-time Learning Facilitator and a full-time Reading Specialist along with two part-time Learning Facilitators. This team provides instructional assistance to students with identified learning needs and partners with parents, faculty, and other professionals to help support students and administer a range of services designed to further enhance student learning and academic progress.

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  • Learning Center Services

    • Small group remedial literacy instruction provided to support students on an as-needed basis
    • Orton-Gillingham instruction for students diagnosed with dyslexia
    • Classroom support and accommodation plans for students with a diagnosed learning difference
    • Arrangement of speech therapy, occupational therapy, academic tutoring, and English Language Learning tutoring by an outside provider on campus 
    • Access to a wide variety of screenings as well as assessments, and on-going progress monitoring
    • Recommendations and support for evaluations with outside providers 
    • The creation of a comprehensive plan of support based on a psychoeducational evaluation that includes a variety of accommodations
  • Screenings

    One of the main goals of the Lower School Learning Center is to identify and remediate early learning needs. To assist with this, all kindergarten and first grade students are screened for dyslexia each year. Additional screenings available as needed include hearing, vision, speech/language, auditory processing, and handwriting/fine motor.
  • Dyslexia

    Orton-Gillingham instruction in a small group setting is provided for students with dyslexia for no additional charge.  If individualized instruction is required, the school will work with outside providers, including the Mississippi Dyslexia Center, to arrange for those services to be provided on campus.
  • Accommodations

    Students who have a diagnosis of an approved learning difference are eligible for classroom accommodations, such as extended test time and preferential seating. The Learning Center partners with families and teachers to create an individualized Accommodation Plan for every child with a diagnosis on file. If you have questions about your child’s academic progress or accommodations, please reach out to Christine Selman at
  • Resources

    Useful information learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD.

    Reading Rockets
    Tips for Reading Success

Lower School Counseling

St. Andrew's Lower School Counseling program aims to help students build competencies in self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Throughout the year, the Lower School Counselor visits Kindergarten through fourth grade students in their classroom to enhance skill-building through intentional social-emotional whole group instruction.  Class lessons are on topics like emotions, academic success, responsibility, conflict resolution, coping skills and digital citizenship.  In grades first through fourth, students also benefit from attending small group counseling sessions on a variety of topics relevant to their age group including, but not limited to: self-control, self-esteem, leadership, and resilience.
There are also a variety of ways for students in first through fourth grade to request to see the School Counselor individually. Teachers, administrators, and parents can refer a student they think would benefit from these services. Families are encouraged to contact the Lower School Counselor to discuss school counseling, parenting, social-emotional development or with any concerns that emerge during the school year.

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  • Counseling Services

    • Social emotional lessons in homerooms
    • Short-term individual counseling 
    • Group Counseling
    • Community Referrals
    • Meetings with parents 
    • Student observation and feedback
    • Behavioral Plans
    • Collaboration with faculty regarding student needs and accommodations
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  • Counseling Resources

    The Essential Role of Elementary School Counselors
    Research shows the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program has a positive impact on student achievement. 

    Love and Logic
    The Love and Logic Institute provides practical tools and techniques to help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children.

    Positive Discipline
    Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities.
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Lower School Nursing

St. Andrew's offers nursing services to our students on both campuses. Our nurses see students in the clinic based on teacher referrals, administer daily medications, monitor acute and chronic conditions within the school setting, help devise plans with medical conditions that may impact the school day, and provide guidance as needed on student medical conditions.  We help coordinate medical needs when students go off campus, and provide training and updates to teachers on medical conditions as needed. Our nurses also work with our Student Support Services teams to help recognize students who may need support, and meet students' medical needs at school.  
The nurses manage clinics on both campuses providing services during school hours in all three divisions. The nurses maintain cumulative health records on all students, and work as a resource to all faculty and staff on medical needs. The nurses provide some health instruction in classrooms, and maintain up-to-date health policies for our students. We work to promote health and safety on both campuses.

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Lower School Health and Wellness

St. Andrew's works to continually support the physical well-being of each student by introducing skills, strategies, and information to encourage long-term healthy life-style choices. Using multi-faceted and holistic approaches, students participate in age appropriate fitness curriculum, curriculum to address human growth and development, and programs that focus on taking care of their bodies and minds. 
Our fitness programs are designed to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, musculoskeletal fitness and flexibility. Fitness programs are organized by division, including ECC  fitness which focuses on locomotor movement and body awareness. In elementary school the students improve their understanding of fitness and their motor development through cooperative games and other lifelong activities.

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Lower School Pastoral Care

Our chaplains nurture personal and community growth, foster healing and wellness, sustain those in difficult circumstances, guide students and families through decisions, and help members of our community reconcile themselves to God and others.
  • Preaching and teaching regarding care of self, others, and environment
  • Short-term pastoral counseling regarding day-to-day or existential concerns, including hospital visits as needed
  • Community support during times of crisis, including coordination of response
  • Care for families experiencing change, both through illness, death and other forms of loss and through births, marriages, and other seasons of family growth
  • Assistance in planning and/or leading pastoral services for current members of our community and alumni, most often baptisms and funerals
  • Cross-divisional support of families

Student Support Staff

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    Hailey Allin 

    Chaplain and Lower School Associate Counselor
    (601) 987-9312
  • Photo of Stacy Sullivan

    Stacy Sullivan 

    Lower School Fitness Teacher, Fastpitch Softball Head Coach, Lower School Intramural Coordinator
    (601) 987-9300
  • Photo of Chelsea Freeman

    Chelsea Freeman 

    Associate Head of Lower School and Director of Social Emotional Learning
    (601) 987-9304
  • Photo of Caroline Barr

    Caroline Barr 

    Lower School Learning Facilitator
    (601) 987-9300
  • Photo of Lenither Williams

    Lenither Williams 

    Lower School Reading Specialist
Foundations — Grade 12 • Jackson, Mississippi
South Campus | Infants to Grade 4
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