Upper School: Grades 9 - 12

St. Andrew’s Upper School creates opportunities for growth and personal discovery in the realm of academics and character.

At St. Andrew’s, we encourage students to live lives of responsibility to each other and to the larger community. Active service and reflection are crucial parts of the Upper School curriculum, bringing our students together as they apply their academic skills to solve real world problems.

In the grade 9 Service Learning course, all students learn more about diversity and our common humanity as they volunteer with Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations. Students in grades 10–12 can fulfill their service requirements by developing a social entrepreneurship enterprise through the International Development class, or participating in service trips to Chicago, Haiti, or marine research sites. All seniors complete an individual three-week service project at the close of the year.
    • Ginger Cobb, Head of Upper School

      Ginger Cobb, Head of Upper School

Students in the upper school:

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    Experience rigorous and multifaceted classes including AP and Honors classes.
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    Have the opportunity to be challenged academically, without being overwhelmed by workload or external pressures.
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    Learn through teaching methods that reflect 21st-century research: design projects, hands-on activities, field trips, real world problem solving.
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    Work extensively with the college counseling team who strives to find the perfect fit for each of our students.
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    Have a variety of choices in visual art classes such as drawing, painting, digital, and ceramics.
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    Partake in performing arts opportunities such as acting, technical theatre, instrumental and vocal music, and dance.
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    Participate in challenging athletic practices and games.
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    Enjoy a wide variety of club offerings and have the opportunity to create their own.
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    Engage in Class Cup Competitions and Pep Rallies that enhance school spirit.

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  • 30

    Upper School students attending diversity conferences annually
  • 100%

    of students completing independent projects, ranging from scholarly research to service projects
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    leadership opportunities, including mentoring younger grades, and captaining sports teams
  • 18%

    of 2019 graduates recruited for college athletic programs, including 10% for D1 programs
  • 51

    CTTL Student Research Fellows contributing to Mind, Brain, and Education Science research since 2013
  • 10%

    of St. Andrew’s graduates enroll in elite architecture, art and design, or music programs

- Allan Freedman, Parent

“This year as a senior our daughter is taking International Development, which mixes anthropology, business, economics, humanitarian relief, and history into a single class. Seeing her deeply engaged in this multidiscipline program is refreshing. When we talked about the legal issues facing her proposed business, at the dinner table, I was deeply impressed. This is stellar education and preparation for students who will be better prepared for the working world.”
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.