Founded in 1978, St. Andrew’s is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade Twelve.
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.
Following its union on July 1, 2008 with St. Francis Episcopal Day School, St. Andrew's offers Preschool through Grade 2 at 10033 River Road, Potomac, Maryland. The Lower School campus, also called the Potomac Village Campus, offers newly renovated playgrounds appropriate for the range of children, an outdoor classroom, a large indoor play and gathering space, and access to the sanctuary of St. Francis Episcopal Church.
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. In chapel, two-year-olds will hear stories about personal values and good works. The Golden Rule is discussed as early as Preschool, when teachers talk with young children about helping others. Students in K-2 learn about their different communities, from neighborhood to Washington, D.C., region.
Service learning activities in the Intermediate School reflect the growth of students as invested, self-motivated learners. Students are expected to take increased responsibility for implementing service projects.
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: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., (morning only and afternoon only options available) Preschool II: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., (morning only and afternoon only options available) Pre-Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kindergarten - Grade 2: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate School(Grades 3-5):8:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 8:40 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Upper School (Grades 9-12): 8:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. After-school options are available until 6:00 p.m.