April 29, 2021
Dear St. Andrew’s Parents,
I am so proud of our community’s growth, resolve, and spirit this year. Almost all of our Lions are back to teaching and learning in person each day, and the joyful energy in our classrooms and across campus fills me with pride. Thank you for everything you have done as St. Andrew’s families to help keep our community healthy, hopeful, and strong this year. We are our strongest when we stand together.
Even before the first day of school, our students and faculty were demonstrating leadership and fostering belonging. During the summer our Upper School Students of Color Association and Student Government Association worked with administrators, alumni, and other student groups to raise awareness and student agency about the pandemic, racial justice, and other critical issues.
On “opening day” in September our preschool and pre-K students led our safe return to campus, followed by our older students in October. Fifteen additional teaching assistants, including many St. Andrew’s alumni, supported our exceptional faculty and staff and ensured continuity of learning and connection for our students during both distance and hybrid learning. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning continued to support both our faculty and educators globally with specialized research and professional development throughout this change-filled year.
Thanks to our awesome health team and their successful safety protocols, our fall and spring sports teams excitedly laced up their cleats and sneakers and returned to competition beginning in February. Meanwhile, the technical wizardry of our arts teachers and performers virtually harmonized our theater and music ensembles and captivated us remotely.
Just six weeks from now, the Class of 2021 will complete their St. Andrew’s education and graduate together at the Washington National Cathedral. As our seniors transition to their lifelong role as Lion alumni, they will bring their academic and community-building skills to a wide range of selective colleges around the country and the world in the fall.
More broadly, from our Lower School design projects and robotics teams, to our signature oral history and service learning programs, to the scores of recent alumni pursuing STEM degrees in college and graduate programs, our students are flourishing across divisions and subject areas. On the faculty front, St. Andrew’s leadership in research-informed education continues to draw and keep extraordinarily talented and child-centered teachers and leaders. Demand for a St. Andrew’s education continues to increase, and next year we will once again have record enrollment. Yet even as St. Andrew’s has grown in size and reputation, the warm and inclusive heart of our school has remained constant.
And now it is time to turn our attention to next year at St. Andrew’s, and to give a special welcome to the more than 150 new families joining our community next year. We are so excited for you and your students to begin their St. Andrew’s journey! New and returning families will find a great deal of information to help both you and St. Andrew's prepare for the 2021-2022 school year on the school's Back-to-School Forms page. Please review the material carefully, and complete and return all requested forms to St. Andrew's by the indicated due dates.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions about the various materials in this communication. In early August, you will receive an additional communication to help you get ready for the 2021-2022 school year. This will include some reminders along with highlights about the coming school year and some important dates to keep in mind as we prepare to start the new academic year.
Thank you for your strong support of St. Andrew’s, and best wishes for the remaining weeks of school. I look forward to seeing you on September 8!
Head of School