SAIS Featured School: St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted by: Christina Mimms
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in Sewanee, TN, is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades six through twelve.
At SAS, education is more than a desk job. Students enjoy the school’s 550-acre mountaintop campus through classes, research, and recreation, including farming and varsity mountain biking.
SAS inspires curiosity. Classes focus on critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Students are encouraged to perfect what they’re good at and attempt the unfamiliar. Qualified students may take college courses for free (and credit) at the University of the South.
SAS teaches to the child. Teachers guide students to ask and answer complex questions and to take increasing responsibility for their learning. Families receive meaningful feedback, not just grades and test scores. Work periods within the school day provide time for extra help and the Learning Resources Center provides additional assistance.
SAS is a community. Teachers and students work, play, and live in an atmosphere of trust and high expectations. Boarding students enjoy residences of 12-15 students shared with a faculty family. On weekends, boarding and day students enjoy social, recreational, cultural, and service activities.
SAS cultivates a balance between work and play. Afternoon programs include 32 teams in 12 sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, and farming. During Winterim students explore interests beyond the curriculum. Traditions such as the Earth Day celebration, house competitions, and grade-level retreats, combine growth with fun.
SAS believes college is one of many steps on life’s journey. Academic preparation and college counseling focus on each student’s abilities, aspirations, and financial reality. Graduates brag that they are better prepared for college classes, for communicating with professors, and for living independently than their classmates.
SAS believes in the God-given value of every individual. SAS encourages conversations about faith and values. The school gathers three times a week for Chapel. Students pass their talents and gifts along to others through service hours, campus work responsibilities, and outreach activities.
SAS models generosity and grace. SAS welcomes students seeking more intellectual challenge, diverse friendships, and a community that recognizes that mistakes are part of learning.