Led by the St. Andrew’s International Club, the Diversity Committee (see below), and various language clubs, this initiative includes celebrating different international heritage weeks/months and diversity represented by the 40 different countries of birth of students, parents, and faculty currently at St. Andrew’s. For the adults in the community, the celebration includes the Starry Night Celebration, which showcases food from around the world.
Student Council Diversity Committee
Led by senior leaders, this student created committee focuses on educating peers on issues related to diversity. Students plan and conduct a diversity focused assembly once a year, while working closely with the student-led Global Studies Committee to plan and facilitate weekly conversations with the school community and engage the middle school and upper school Mosaic Clubs.
School-wide Diversity Advisory Committee
Members of the Diversity Advisory Committee hail from the various constituents in the school community. Student members, alumni, classroom teachers, administrators and board members come together to discuss issues around diversity and inclusivity. Over the past few years, theb Diversity Advisory Committee drafted the first Diversity and Inclusivity statement in the history of St. Andrew's. This statement helped guide the development of the school's new antidiscrimination policies and inform the 2016-2020 strategic plan.
Building on the school’s strong academic tradition and multifaceted curriculum, the Upper School has added new classes in contemporary issues and world religions, as well as AP human geography, to further enrich global offerings. These buttress a wide array of related courses in history, economics, literature, art, science, and world languages.
Exchange Programs and International Travel
St. Andrew’s students have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the world and to develop and apply their foreign language skills by traveling abroad on a variety of school-related programs. During the current academic year, trips are being offered to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America. St. Andrew’s also participates in a long-standing academic exchange program with Momoyama Gakuin, a high school in Osaka, Japan; for more than forty years, students from the two schools have spent a year living with host families and attending school in the other country. Eight other school-sponsored programs now complement this Japanese exchange. In addition, students and faculty alike are encouraged to travel abroad through other international programs, such as School Year Abroad, Congress-Bundestag Scholarships, or Fulbright Fellowships. The possibilities are endless.
Student Council Global Studies Committee
This student-led committee plans an important part of the school mission. Students plan International/Geography Week, host international guests, help plan and facilitate Travel Thursday forums, provide awareness for Model UN & the Central Mississippi Asian Cultural School. In addition to these activities, students assist with our school-wide fundraiser, Arts on the Green.
One of the many strengths of St. Andrew’s academic program, training in world languages starts in the Lower School and continues over fifteen years through the Middle and Upper Schools, intensifying each year as students build on past experiences and develop a base for life-long language learning and cross-cultural communication. At present, languages offered during the school day include Spanish, Mandarin, French, Latin, Greek, German, and Italian, as well as Arabic through the Malone Schools Online Network (MSON).
A long-standing program sponsored by the Model United Nations Association, this Middle and Upper School program provides hands-on learning opportunities for students to examine critical global issues, to collaboratively problem-solve with students from other schools and areas, and to experience the give-and-take world of negotiations and diplomacy in the context of simulating the United Nations General Assembly and Security Councils. Competitions are held annually at the state, regional, and national levels, with interested students volunteering to prepare, participate, and travel.
National Geographic Bee
Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, this annual competition tests students’ knowledge of national and world geography, as well as of historical and current events, with rounds held on various levels: classroom, grade, school, state, and nation. Typically targeted at Middle School students (grades 5-8), the school has worked to extend the competition into the Lower School as well, with fourth graders participating in their own Bee and third graders conducting unofficial classroom competitions to whet their appetite, gain experience, and gear up for more formal competition in subsequent years. The 2015 state winner, Ian Espy, is a student in the upper school.
Driven by student interest and entrepreneurship, this organization seeks to increase global awareness and engagement in the community. The group meets regularly to discuss pressing international issues and to devise appropriate student and school initiatives to address them. It also uses international films, foods, and festivals to reach out to other students. The International Club works with the leadership of the student council Global Studies Committee.