Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

The mission of St. Andrew's Episcopal School is to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service.
Approved by vote of the Board of Trustees June 7, 2010

Statement of Philosophy

St. Andrew's Episcopal School endeavors to provide a comprehensive coeducational college preparatory program for preschool through twelfth grade in an inclusive environment that embodies the faith and perspective of the Episcopal Church. The school seeks a broadly diverse community to promote educational excellence. St. Andrew's programs are designed to serve students of varied interests and abilities capable of achievement in a challenging academic environment. To create such an environment, St. Andrew's supports a dedicated faculty and administration who respect and appreciate students.

St. Andrew's strives to challenge and support all of its students in a balanced program to nurture their academic, artistic, athletic, and spiritual growth. The school believes that developing each individual's intellect, character, and sense of self-worth encourages each to live a creative and compassionate life. Because St. Andrew's values the benefits of community, the school encourages students to lead lives of responsibility to each other and to the larger community.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, April 2008

Faith & Perspective of the Episcopal Church

This phrase in the Philosophy Statement of St. Andrew’s is important to our school because of what it does and does not mean. 

It does not mean that we want to “make Episcopalians” out of our students. The perspective of the Episcopal Church includes respect for other religious traditions and even for those periods of life when a person is not identified with a particular tradition. 

It also does not mean that we try to answer all issues in life with religious language or that we begin our inquiries with a commitment to traditional answers. We feel little compulsion to “defend God” or traditional theological expressions. 

What we do indeed believe is that God represents the foundation of all truth and the source of all love. Seeking truth and striving for deeper and more caring human relationships is, we believe, seeking God, no matter how such efforts may be expressed. 

The faith and perspective of the Episcopal Church, as applicable to our common life at St. Andrew’s, may find varied expression in words and actions. One indication of what that phrase means to us may be found in the service of Holy Baptism contained in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. This service includes a prayer which asks God to give the newly baptized “an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love [God], and the gift of joy and wonder in all [God’s] works.” 

To the extent St. Andrew’s is able to fulfill this prayer in the lives of its students, it will be honoring “the faith and perspective of the Episcopal Church.”

Approved by the Board of Trustees, 1986

Honor Code

We as members of St. Andrew's Community—students, faculty, administration, and parents—believe in and agree to uphold the values of honesty, equality, trust, respect. It is our common responsibility to preserve these ideals by our actions.
Honor Code adopted by student body, 1992

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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, MD.