In 1978, led by founding headmaster the Rev. Warren “Jess” Borg, St. Andrew's opened in the basement of Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Massachusetts Avenue with 40 students in grades 7-9, nine part-time teachers, and a school library comfortably housed on four shelves. From its early days, the school cultivated challenging programs in a joyful and supportive atmosphere, celebrating its students’ diversity of interests, backgrounds and abilities and developing each child’s potential in the “four pillars” of academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual life.
The school grew quickly in reputation, programs, and enrollment, outgrowing two locations before moving to the former North Bethesda Junior High School campus on Bradmoor Lane in Bethesda in September 1981. With 245 students, 28 teachers, and its first graduating class that year, St. Andrew’s had entered the ranks of full-fledged independent college-preparatory schools.
In 1989 Montgomery County decided to reclaim the Bradmoor site, and St. Andrew’s began a search for a new home. Led by the energy and resourcefulness of its Board of Trustees, St. Andrew’s purchased a 19.2-acre site on Postoak Road in Potomac, Maryland in 1993. At one critical juncture, six trustees personally guaranteed the loan that secured the Postoak Campus and the school’s future. In 1998, St. Andrew's dedicated the Postoak Campus and quickly grew to 450 students in grades six through twelve.
In 2008 St. Andrew’s grew again when it acquired the former St. Francis Episcopal Day School on River Road in Potomac Village, transforming that site into its new Lower School (now preschool-grade 2). The following year St. Andrew’s began its Intermediate School division (now grades 3-5) on the Postoak Campus. Currently St. Andrew’s enrolls approximately 580 students school-wide.
In 2011 St. Andrew’s launched its Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL), which oversees educational research, partnerships, and professional growth at St. Andrew’s and trains public and private school teachers and administrators throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including the faculty of Washington, D.C.-area Teach for America. Fueled by close relationships with researchers and faculty from the Harvard and Johns Hopkins Graduate Schools of Education, the CTTL has garnered recognition from numerous foundations, researchers, and think tanks while improving teaching and learning for every St. Andrew’s teacher and student.
In September 2016 St. Andrew’s opened a new 43,000-square-foot Student Center on the Postoak Campus. This transformative building includes two gymnasiums, a bright and spacious student commons, a beautiful fitness center and dance studio, and expanded research and workshop space for the CTTL. The Student Center project has also created a new central, grassy quadrangle for our close-knit community.
The mission of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service. That ambitious mission is the catalyst for our ongoing growth.