The mission of the residential program at St. Andrew’s is to enhance students’ emerging confidence that comes with success in the classroom by providing a boarding experience that promotes good decision making, individual and community responsibility, and the refinement of the social skills needed to become productive and engaged young adults. Our International students come from many different countries including, in recent years, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, and Jamaica. All boarders live in dormitories with a mix of American and International students. A number of our American students have parents who were born in other countries, adding to a rich cultural mix on campus. Through dorm and School life, students learn about the foods, music, movies, and customs of different cultures. For example, boarding students and their families and friends have hosted dinners featuring Korean cuisine, African-American Soul Food, and West African and Dominican specialties.
Philosophically, there are three tenets to the residential program:
Structure: Working with the academic program, the residential program emphasizes the use of manageable routines to provide the structure needed by most young adults to be successful in a home-away-from-home environment. Dorm parents provide boarders with personal and academic support as well as supervision.
Program: The residential program focuses not only on weekdays, but also on weekends and special events. Staff and students work together to implement the plans. Programs support a range of developmental goals, ranging from individual life lessons to broader social development that comes through group activities.
Facilities: In keeping with the values of the school’s humble beginnings, residences are modest, well-maintained, homey, and safe. Dorm rooms are both doubles and singles and all dorms have common areas for group activities. In addition to professional staff, students perform individually assigned dorm duties to maintain the cleanliness of the dorm. The campus dorms include; Cady House, Bill's House, Coleman House, and Perry Hall.