Our children attended the lower school at St. Andrews through 5th grade. We chose the school for it's academic reputation and the Christian values. However, we were disappointed in that we discovered the school leadership and some teachers were more interested in pushing a liberal agenda on children. The kids are way too young and immature have such topics forced upon them in a school environment. These "politically correct" discussions have caused unnecessary stress and worry in one of my children's lives that would not have been there at this age if not for this school.
After a public elementary school, we moved our daughter here. She learned a lot in some classes, and in others, had so much busy work that it was overwhelming. The students were all very nice, but were very misbehaving- in and out of school. The teachers were engaging and interesting. It seemed as though most students attended the school not because of learning needs, but because of social status. We moved her to St. Stephen's for high school and the experience has been very different. More engaged, interesting and focused.
Academics at lower level grades are adequate, but, the school doesn't deliver for the level of their tuition rates. The homework load is very heavy for 6th grade and up. The lower school has some wonderful teachers; however, the school retains too many average (and below average) teachers. The academics seem to improve greatly in the middle school (7-8 grade). The school focuses on language arts and has a wonderful writing program. The Latin and Spanish courses are a very nice offering. Math and science seem to get short changed. The school creates a nice community, but, lacks diversity. Recent annual tuition increases make affordability a real issue for many families.
St. Andrew's offers a life-changing experience to students. Faculty, staff and administration are committed to excellence in all aspects of education. It's been worth every cent.
We've had 3 kids at St. Andrews. The academics are great, the faculty and staff are incredibly attentive and involved with each child. Many of the teachers at the high school have advanced degrees. The senior year is the best, the college counselors make the tuition seem almost reasonable. Take a look at the list of college admissions, that's where they really shine when compared to other private schools in the area.
Im an 8th grade student and this school has really nice facilities, and most teachers are willling to help you. most teachers will get to school early, so you can go to them if you have any questions. I don't think this school does a very good job at making sure the kids are getting along, and not ganging up or forming cliques, though
Advantages include an excellent education and very good environment for kids on multiple levels (community service, sports for all levels, caring teachers, no bullies, inclusive all around)...Disadvantage is the huge tuition and constant fundraising....Financial aid is available for low income, but no sibling discount offered; no middle class tuition breaks in general.
Saint Andrews a fun dchool for the children but at the sme time they are learning so much. In forth grade they will learn ow to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. They will also do so many projects that are fun but they learn. They will mostly be learning not to wait till teh last minute. Finally They start learning how to type in forth grade. I did not learn until high school and my son types great
Excellent school. We're now in our 6th year and still think it's the best education in Austin. Low student to teacher ratio. Individual attention. Many, many on site resources for students as well as parents.
St. Andrews has very good academics. Diversity is a problem with the school, however, as is student behavior
I was really suprised to read the other review stating that the advisors and teachers weren't doing their job. St. Andrew's is an amazing school mostly because the teachers are so hands on. As a student, I have never gotten more attention anywhere else, especially for a highschool. People need to realize that it's not middle school anymore and it is in fact the perfect environment for a kid to be in academically and socially.
St. Andrews is a wonderful school. My child learns so much and is confident in himself. I feel he is cared for emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually on a daily basis. We are so happy to be a part of this community.
My children have attended St. Andrews Upper School. It has been a great experience for one, who is a naturally motivated student. The other needs more individual attention. It has been a struggle to get the faculty to stay focused - we agree to weekly reports from his teachers, but each week I have to track down and remind his advisor and often his individual teacher. Their heart is in the right place, but the execution is poor.
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