Academics

Spiritual Life

Nurturing the Spirit at St. Andrew's

As an Episcopal school, St. Andrew’s grounds our spiritual life in the fundamental premise that every human being is created in the image of God, inherently dignified and worthy of respect. We are an inclusive, generous, and hospitable community that encourages questions and doubts every bit as much as faith. We provide a safe space in which students can find meaning, claim their own spiritual identities, and explore their beliefs with humility and openness.

Chapel

Chapel is central to our common life. Once a week, we set aside time in the midst of a full and busy schedule to pause, pray, center ourselves, and contemplate what it means to be beloved children of God. Because developmental needs change as children grow, students and teachers gather by division for age-appropriate stories, songs, prayers, and Chapel Talks. Our worship at every level reflects the diverse beliefs and evolving passions of our community.

Pastoral Care

St. Andrew’s employs two full-time Chaplains who are ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church. Our Chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to students and families of all faith traditions, in times of both joy and sorrow.
    • The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Chaplain to the Middle and Upper Schools




    • The Rev. Sally Slater, Chaplain to the Lower and Intermediate Schools

~ From the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer

“Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.”

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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, Maryland.