Learning
Profile of a Saint

Knowledge

All students need a base-level of knowledge in key subject areas. Academic disciplines provide the conceptual lenses and practical tools that help our graduates understand complex problems, as well as providing the basis for cultural literacy. St. Andrew’s graduates develop a firm grounding in English, fine arts, history, languages, mathematics, and science, with each subject targeting key areas that serve students well in college and beyond.
English
  • An understanding that written and oral language are expressions of our common humanity through exposure to diverse voices, cultures, and histories
  • A foundational knowledge of the conventions of standard English
  • An expansive vocabulary to communicate ideas clearly
  • An understanding of literary devices, terms, genres, and theories
 
Fine Arts
  • Cultural literacy and appreciation of the value of visual and performing arts
  • The ability to analyze, interpret, and perform in one or more fine arts disciplines
  • A foundational knowledge and understanding of presentational techniques, styles, and aesthetics through visual, vocal, auditory, digital, and physical media
 
History
  • A grasp of the broad patterns and major events of American and world history
  • An awareness of world cultures and cultural diversity, individual development and identities, and the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship
  • An understanding of the interactions among peoples, places, and environments; among individuals, groups, and institutions; and among science, technology, and society
  • An understanding of how people create, interact with, and change structures of power, authority, and governance
  • An understanding of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, including glocal connections and interdependence
 
Languages
  • A knowledge and understanding of classical and/or modern cultures to enable participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world
  • An ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with users of other languages, along with the requisite linguistic and social knowledge for effective communication
  • An ability to engage with and understand texts written in a language other than English
 
Mathematics
  • Advanced numeracy and estimation skills, as well as the ability to make sense of patterns and recognize structure in a variety of contexts
  • A well-honed aptitude for clearly communicating mathematical ideas and reasoning, along with a command of techniques for effectively representing data
  • A sufficiently strong foundational knowledge (i.e., conceptual understanding of algebra, functions, geometry, probability, and statistics) to facilitate: the translation of real-world phenomena into mathematical language and vice-versa, the recognition of opportunities to apply various mathematical techniques, and flexibility in the approach used to solve problems as a result of the ability to view them from multiple mathematical perspectives
 
Science
  • A working, multifaceted, and cross-disciplinary understanding of the theories and models that scientists currently use to explain how the natural world works and how scientific practices validate and discard those models
  • The ability to synthesize understanding of both scientific processes and theories in novel situations that include the collection and critical interpretation of data using quantitative reasoning skills, technological practices, and evidence-based scientific argumentation
  • Facility with algorithms, data structures, and programming language(s) associated with information processing, physical computing, and robotics

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001