What is an Independent School?
As an independent school, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School differs from other private schools in that it (1) is independently governed by a board of trustees and (2) does not depend on church funds, as parochial schools do, or on tax dollars, as public schools do. Independent school accreditation standards are rigorous and are validated by a national commission.
Accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Saint Andrew’s prides itself on providing:
• High academic standards. Saint Andrew’s nurtures intellectual curiosity, stimulates personal growth, and encourages critical thinking.
• Small classes and individual attention. Our low student-teacher ratio (1:18 max) encourages close connections with students.
• Excellent teachers. With more autonomy within the classroom than public schools, our teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each individually.
• Education for the whole child. Going beyond the traditional subjects of English, math, science and history, Saint Andrew’s curriculum is rich with opportunities to grow through the studio and performing arts, physical education, foreign languages, world religions, technology, character development and community service.
• Inclusiveness. We maintain a diverse and vibrant student community and welcome and respect each family. Students of color are 33 percent of our enrollment.
• A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. The school promotes regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.
• And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.
Research shows that students from independent schools, such as Saint Andrew’s, are about twice as likely (or more) than their counterparts in “privileged suburban schools” to...
• Take algebra I and foreign language in the eighth grade.
• Enroll in an A.P. course as a sophomore.
• Study with a teacher who has graduated from a “Top 100” most selective college.
• Complete pre-calculus or higher level of mathematics.
• Play on a junior varsity or varsity sport.
• Participate in extracurricular arts, academics, and/or community service.
Sources: Powell (Lesson from Privilege), Heath (Schools of Hope), National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)