Mission and Values
St. Andrew's Mission
To nurture a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, fostering spiritual growth, moral responsibility, academic excellence, and artistic and athletic pursuits, while preparing for a life of service to our community and the world.
The School’s mission is: “To nurture a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, fostering spiritual growth, moral responsibility, academic excellence, and artistic and athletic pursuits, while preparing for a life of service to our community and the world.”
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. St. Andrew’s strives to enroll students of good character who give evidence of being able to benefit from a challenging learning experience. More than 1,200 students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds currently attend St. Andrew’s. The School’s academic goal is to provide its students with an education as good as that offered by the best independent schools in the nation. Typically, 100 percent of St. Andrew’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.
Founded in 1947, the School occupies two campuses. The South Campus houses the Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade 4) in Jackson, and the North Campus houses the Middle School (grades 5-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) in Ridgeland.
The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and is affiliated with the state’s public and parochial schools through the Mississippi High School Activities Association. St. Andrew’s continues its historic affiliation with St. Andrew’s Cathedral as part of the church’s ministry to the Jackson area.
St. Andrew’s admits students without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, age, physical challenge, or national origin. The School does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, athletic programs or other school-administered programs.
At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, as an independent school and a community of growth and personal responsibility, we believe in the following:
- A lifelong dedication to learning
- Truth, honesty, and integrity
- The dignity of every human being
- The pursuit of excellence in all our endeavors
- The talents and strengths of every individual
- Stewardship of the resources of our school, community, and world
- Service to others
And we believe that we are called, with God’s help, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to seek justice and peace in our world.