Student Support Services

Middle School Student Support

Middle School Learning Center

The Middle School Learning Center provides a variety of support to students both with and without a diagnosis of a learning difference. The Middle School Learning Facilitator coordinates with families and faculty members to determine what students need in order to help them be successful, while also maintaining the academic rigor of St. Andrew’s. Students are encouraged to gradually take ownership of their learning and increase their ability to advocate for themselves in the classroom. If you have any questions about the Learning Center, your child’s academic progress and/or accommodations, please contact Ashley Runnels, Director of Learning Services at

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  • Learning Center Services

    The Middle School Learning Facilitator helps students to develop into successful life-long learners by providing the following services:
    • Multiple levels of support based on need
    • Assistance for new students transitioning to St. Andrew’s
    • Coordination of school based accommodations for those with a diagnosis on file with the Learning Center
    • Coordination of make-up work when students have long-term absences
    • Collaboration with the Lower and Upper School Learning Facilitators to ensure a continuation of accommodations and services as students transition from division to division
    • Support for Outside Providers (tutors, therapists, academic coaches who have gone through our vetting process) who work with students on campus.
  • Learning Center Resources

    LD Online
    Learn more about learning differences 

    Learn more about ADD and its symptoms

    International Dyslexia Association
    Learn more about Dyslexia

    Apps found useful for Dyslexics


The Middle School counselor is committed to supporting student wellness through the developmental, social, and emotional challenges of middle school. Students are welcome to request to see the counselor at any time, and teachers and administrators can also refer a student if they think that they need support. The Middle School counselor is also available as a resource for parents.

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  • Counseling Services

    • Works with students to advance academic, career, and social-emotional goals
    • Collaborates with faculty regarding student needs as part of the Student Support Team 
    • Is available for parent, student, and teacher meetings 
    • Short-term individual counseling
    • Social-Emotional support during the school day
    • Community Referrals 
    • Collaborate with faculty  to create lessons for  the Middle School social-emotional learning and advisory programs
  • Counseling Resources

    Positive Discipline
    A program developed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities.

    Common Sense Media
    Trusted ratings created with families in mind.

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.

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  • Pastoral Care Services

    • 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


With clinics on both campuses, our school nurses maintain cumulative health records on all students and serve as a resource for faculty and staff on medical needs. Nurses see students 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, relay guidance as needed on student medical conditions, provide health instruction in classrooms, and coordinate medical needs when students go off campus. Our nurses also work with our greater Student Support Services teams to help recognize students who may need support.

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Health and Fitness

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 an age-appropriate fitness curriculum that addresses growth and development and focuses on taking care of their bodies and minds. The program is organized by division and is designed to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, musculoskeletal fitness, and flexibility. Middle school fitness emphasizes national standards for fitness and sport participation.

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    Ashley Runnels 

    Director of Learning Services
    (601) 853-6020
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    Kari East 

    Middle School Learning Facilitator
    (601) 853-6052
  • Photo of Shedrick Rodgers

    Shedrick Rodgers 

    Middle School Counselor
    (601) 853-6050
  • Photo of Annie Elliott

    Annie Elliott 

    Chaplain and Community Wellbeing Department Chair
    (601) 853-6016
  • Photo of Jessica Goldsbury

    Jessica Goldsbury 

    School Nurse and Human Growth and Development Coordinator
    (601) 853-6059
Foundations — Grade 12 • Jackson, Mississippi
South Campus | Infants to Grade 4
4120 Old Canton Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39216
North Campus | Grades 5 to 12
370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157