Virtual Saints re-imagines teaching and learning to allow students the flexibility to participate from anywhere in the world and to complete the work within their own schedules.
Combining both real time meetings with at your own pace activities and assignments, St. Andrew’s teachers will leverage the best pedagogical practices with new technology to design a unique and engaging experience for all. In addition, students can expect to have weekly individual virtual meetings with teachers to receive further guidance and feedback, for a truly personalized learning experience. Required real time meetings (for whole class instruction, small group collaboration/discussion, or one-on-one consultation with faculty) will take place within a window of time outside of the traditional school day. Students can expect an average of 5 hours of work each week including the class meeting, with most of that time devoted to asynchronous activities.
Compelled by the unprecedented events of the past few months, we at St. Andrew’s are committed to creating high-quality virtual spaces for teaching and learning to facilitate safe and enriching opportunities for academically engaged youth around the world. More than any other time in our recent history, young people are faced with potential feelings of isolation and anxiety. We believe that school has always been a bridge between past and future, between young person to young person, between academic content and real life career plans. In this time, more than ever, we believe St. Andrew’s is a beacon of wellness, inclusivity, and innovation, and Virtual Saints can provide a safe space for youth to grow leaps and bounds academically and relationally, while also receiving course credit.
You should expect to spend about the same amount of time for this course as you would for any semester-long in-person course, around five hours per week dedicated to meeting, readings, doing assignments, etc.
We understand that sometimes unforeseen issues arise that inhibit a student’s ability to connect to a scheduled virtual class meeting. In this case, students will be asked to communicate with their teacher to propose an alternative plan, if needed. In addition, all students will have access to recorded real-time meetings to refer to on their own as needed.
As long as students attend the required real time class meetings, the rest of the work can be completed anytime. Clear deadlines for all work will be posted each week on the learning management platform.
Malone Schools Online Network provides motivated, upper-level students with a variety of academically challenging courses beyond what would normally be available to them. These interactive seminars bring students together from across the United States with dedicated teachers in real time. MSON joins the best of independent school education with the latest video conferencing technology to chart new territory in online learning.
Malone courses normally meet twice per week within the traditional school day. Students should ensure that they have approval from their home school to take a Malone course as it may cause minor conflict with the student's academic schedule. Malone courses require a significant workload, often compared to what might be considered an Honors or AP course. Students need to ensure that they are able to devote the time necessary to be successful in the course.
GOA courses require a significant workload. Personal responsibility and effective time management are key to success in a GOA course. Collaborative meetings with student groups are likely to be held outside of the traditional school day. Students should ensure that they are able to devote the time necessary to be successful in the course.
While Virtual Saints, GOA, and Malone courses all have slightly different add/drop policies, in general the following apply:
A student may request to drop a course any time within the first week of a summer course and within the first two weeks of a semester term with no reflection on the student's transcript and a 100% refund of any enrollment fee that was paid to the school. No financial penalty for virtual courses included in the full time St. Andrew’s tuition will be incurred.
If a student requests to drop a course 1-2 weeks into the summer term or 2-4 weeks into the semester term, there is no reflection on the student's transcript and there will be a 50% refund of the student enrollment fee. Full time St. Andrew’s students taking virtual courses included in their tuition will be responsible for reimbursing the school 50% of the enrollment fee that the school paid on their behalf.
If a student requests to drop a course after the end of the add/drop period, the transcript notation will be a “W,” indicating a withdrawal with no refund of enrollment fees paid to the school. Full time St. Andrew’s students will be responsible for reimbursing the school 100% of the enrollment fee that the school paid on their behalf.
Students can inquire about course specific policies by contacting the Director of Virtual Learning.
St. Andrew’s students will earn credit upon successful completion of a course. Students from other schools are encouraged to check with their school to ensure that the school will accept a transfer credit.
The Virtual Saints program has been developed by highly qualified St. Andrew’s teachers, both experts in their field and in the craft of teaching. Students can expect to experience the same high standards and authentic engagement in content that they would find in a traditional St. Andrew’s class.
Yes! Since Virtual Saints synchronous class times usually fall outside of traditional practice times and because VS classes are not bound to physical classroom spaces, you can attend your classes from anywhere. VS teachers and SA athletic coaches will work together to ensure that you can participate in both VS courses and athletic workouts.
Yes; if you are a St. Andrew’s student, this will be calculated into your GPA.
Need-Based Financial Aid
St. Andrew's is honored to announce that Virtual Saints has an anonymous benefactor who is establishing an endowment to offer need based financial aid to its participants. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, all who register for these courses are eligible for financial assistance consideration.
This endowment will benefit students for years to come, and we could not be more appreciative of the forethought and kindness of the donor. We will begin to offer financial assistance this year starting with the virtual summer courses. If you would like to apply, please email Bonnie Burgoyne, Director of Financial Aid.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Transatlantic Outreach Program, we are able to offer fully funded scholarships for our Virtual Saints Modern Germany course this fall. This course is open to any student in grades 9-12 and offers the flexibility to participate from anywhere in the world and to complete the work within their own schedules.
Students will connect virtually with experts, eyewitnesses, and significant landmarks in Germany as they learn about the last 100 years of history through the lens of Germany. They will develop a better understanding of the world as they encounter people and ideas that are different from their own and work collaboratively with one another.
St. Andrew's is the only school in Mississippi to have been granted membership in Global Online Academy, a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world that provides online courses which go beyond the confines of the traditional school curriculum.
As a beacon of educational innovation, St. Andrew's is proud to be a member of the World Leading Schools Association, a community made up of students, educators, and leaders from some of the world's finest secondary schools and universities that collaborate and learn from one another through international and innovative experiences and programs.