Founded in 1978, St. Andrew’s is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school for students age 2 through Grade 12
College Board Code: #210317
In the fall of 1998, St. Andrew’s moved to its permanent campus at 8804 Postoak Road, Potomac, Maryland. A 75,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art classroom facility was built on this 19 acre picturesque campus.
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.
St. Andrew’s has grown to 645 students in preschool through grade 12. In 2019 the school will open a new 31,000-square-foot preschool to grade 5 Lower School building, bringing our full community together on the Postoak Campus.
Mascot: Rampant Lion
School Motto:Auctus Mentis Spiritusque (The Increase of Mind and Spirit)
In the Lower School, service learning begins with our youngest students. The Golden Rule is discussed in Chapel and in classrooms as early as Preschool I, where two-year-olds learn about helping others. Students in prekindergarten through fifth grade learn about their different communities - their classroom, their school, their neighborhood, and the Greater Washington, D.C. region - and what it means to be a partner to people in their communities.
The most concrete example of service learning in the Middle School is the Positive Leadership Initiative, which has been part of the eighth grade advisory program at St. Andrew’s for several years. Students take a two-day trip to the Youth Service Opportunities Project in Washington, D.C., and stay at a church that also operates a soup kitchen. They hear from a speaker who recounts his or her life experiences that led to homelessness as well as their recovery from it. Then students make, serve, and eat a meal with the homeless.
While service has always been a crucial graduation requirement at St. Andrew’s, within the past decade it has become a part of the Upper School curriculum. This ground-breaking shift led to the establishment of a required class for all ninth graders. Upper School also marks the start of the formal requirement of 20 hours of community service for students in grades 9 through 11, and 60 hours in the final two weeks of senior year. As part of fulfilling the requirement, students must reflect on their experience in either written or oral form.
St. Andrew's has interscholastic teams in soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling,soccer, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, and track and field. St. Andrew's also offers an outdoor program, fitness, dance and other non-competitive athletic options. The girls' varsity teams compete in the Independent School League (ISL)and the boys' varsity teams compete in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC).
Lower School: Preschool I and Preschool II: 8:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (morning only and afternoon only options available) Pre-Kindergarten: 8:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Kindergarten - Grade 5: 8:50 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Upper School (Grades 9-12): 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. After-school options are available until 6:00 p.m.