Dear St. Andrew’s Parents,
We are nearing the end of a school year that none of us will ever forget. Together we have kept learning and community strong, overcome our physical distance and supported our children and each other. I am so proud of you and all of our Lions!
We can look back on this school year with pride for many other reasons as well. In September we welcomed our Lower School students and families to Postoak, and in November we opened our beautiful new Lower School building. This fall St. Andrew’s and our Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning received two landmark and singular honors: the endowment of the pioneering Dreyfuss Family Chair for Research, and our second E.E. Ford Educational Leadership Grant. These honors are the latest indicators of our community’s international recognition as a destination school for research-informed education.
Our broadly diverse and talented students embody St. Andrew’s mission and demonstrate why demand for a St. Andrew’s education continues to rise. Following our girls cross country team’s state championship in the fall, both our boys and girls basketball teams won their regular season and tournament championships. While our boys varsity lacrosse team didn’t get to compete for a third straight league title this spring, that only gets us more excited for what they might accomplish next year!
If you saw the winter production of “Legally Blonde” or have seen our Lions’ recent masterpieces online, you know that the arts are core to St. Andrew’s. More broadly, from our Lower School design projects and winning 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. Even as St. Andrew’s has grown in size and reputation, the warm heart of our school remains constant.
The Class of 2020 has embodied that warm heart of St. Andrew’s, as their third-grade Lion-Cub partners know well. The pandemic has deprived our seniors of time together this spring, but has not dampened their friendships and spirit. After enjoying the singular tradition of graduating from the National Cathedral in late July, our newest alumni will enroll in a wide range of selective colleges around the country next year. I will miss them deeply!
And now it is time to turn our attention to next year. You will find a great deal of information to help both you and St. Andrew's prepare for the 2020-21 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 2020-21 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