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Clark Institute of Advanced Studies

It's more than a class. It's an Experience.

In 7th grade at St. Andrew’s, Alexander Clark '00 had the idea for a company. That idea is now known as Technolutions, where he stands at the helm of innovation as its founder and CEO.
Technolutions is best known for Slate, a technology platform that powers admissions and advancement offices at more than 1300 colleges and universities around the world. Alexander's success and drive serve as a model for St. Andrew's students, inspiring them to explore and innovate beyond the classroom, and to discover the endless possibilities that lay before them.

List of 3 items.

  • ASPIRE: Applied Student Professional Internship and Research Exploration

    Exploring Careers through Experience, Engagement, and Internship
    The ASPIRE program was developed to give students opportunities to explore their futures while still in high school, fostering future change-makers and community-minded individuals. ASPIRE helps create more opportunities for students to explore and develop individual interests through online modules, one-on-one and small group mentoring, exposure to professionals in a wide array of fields, and an individualized, applied, community-engaged experience.
  • Bower INSTAR: Investigating Novel Solutions Through Applied Research

    The Dr. John D. Bower INSTAR Scholars program is designed for students who are interested in gaining experience in scientific research. Continuing into its third year, Bower INSTAR has thus far trained 18 students culminating in 20 independent projects. Upon completion of this program, students will not only present an independent research project at the regional science fair, they will also have knowledge of various skills useful to those interested in a scientific field in the future. 
  • EPIC: Entrepreneurial Pathways for Innovation and Creativity

    Unleashing the creative, innovative potential and entrepreneurial spirit of St. Andrew’s students — empowering Saints to improve communities and business environments around the globe.
    St. Andrew’s students are known for their ability to think creatively and problem solve. EPIC taps into the natural intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness of those students who have an inner drive to address real-world problems with innovative and practical solutions. The overall goal is to offer pathways to broaden students’ knowledge of business concepts and entrepreneurship. The EPIC journey provides a wide menu of course selections from a number of elective offerings that culminate with a Senior Capstone Project in the final year that may evolve into a viable business endeavor. The EPIC journey is not a single pathway to a diploma designation, but one which is designed so that the student may pursue his/her own passions and interests with entrepreneurial creativity toward a diploma designation.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Meredith Sprayberry

    Emmi Sprayberry 

    Upper School Art Teacher, ASPIRE Lead Coordinator, Art Department Chair
  • Photo of Marks McWhorter

    Marks McWhorter 06

    Upper School Science Teacher, Science Department Chair, and Bower INSTAR Research Leader
    (601) 853-6000
  • Photo of John Roach

    Dan Roach 78

    Upper School History Teacher, EPIC Curriculum Facilitator, Power Lifting Head Coach, Football Assist
    (601) 853-6000
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