Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What kinds of students attend St. Andrew’s?
A. We seek college-bound students who are motivated to succeed in school. Although we offer highly effective programs for students with varying learning styles, more than 70% of our Upper School students do not need any of our language-based programs. They have all decided to attend St. Andrew’s for a variety of important reasons, including small class sizes (7 – 12 students in a class), myriad course offerings, and the experience of learning in an environment that focuses on the process of learning and developing individual strengths.
Q. Do students participate in extracurricular activities?
A. Yes. All students are required to participate in three extracurricular activities per year. Two of three activities must be “athletic in nature.” But a third can be chosen from a variety of options.
Q. What is the average class size?
A. Our Upper School classes range in size from 7 – 12 students with an average of 10 students per class. Our Lower School classes have a capacity of 10 students and our Middle School classes have a maximum of 12 students.
Q. What do you consider to be your strengths?
A. At St. Andrew’s, the faculty and staff take great pride in making our school a welcoming environment that promotes students’ academic success and personal growth. Our small class sizes and strong belief that each student can succeed ensures that we do our best to meet the individual educational needs of our students. The diversity on campus and exposure to different cultures, faiths, races, and talents helps our students acquire a clear understanding of who they are and their relationship to those around them..
Q. What resources do you offer for candidates with mild language-based learning differences?
A. Learning profiles, individualized educational plans (IEPs), and specialized coursework are designed by a Rhode Island state certified Special Education or Resource teacher under the leadership of Dr. Dana Gurney, Director of Learning Services. Our Wilson Reading Program, offered to students with a Dyslexia diagnosis, and our Literacy program, designed to improve writing skills, are two of the successful programs at St. Andrew’s. We also have a Focus program to help candidates who are diagnosed with ADHD or Executive Functioning Disorder.
Q. Do Boarders have mandatory study hours?
A. They do. In addition to the study halls built into students’ schedules, boarders also participate in a nightly study session from 8:00 – 10:00, Sunday through Thursday. At this time, faculty members are available to monitor and, if needed, to provide homework support.
Q. What is there to do on weekends?
A. St. Andrew’s offers a rich program of weekend activities for boarders and day students. Every Friday and Saturday, different events are planned for the students – ranging from movie outings to a day in Boston to ski trips. Every Sunday, we provide an “Errand Van” that shuttles students to local shopping areas. On-campus activities, such as cooking, ice cream parties, and sports are also offered.
Q. Is there always supervision on campus?
A. Yes. Each dorm has two dorm parents and there is always an Administrator on duty. In addition, more than 37% of our faculty/administration live on campus.
Q. Can students stay on campus during school vacations?
A. Students are welcome to stay at St. Andrew’s during long weekends. However, during our longer school breaks, such as Winter Vacation, Spring Break, and Summer Vacation, students are expected to find accommodations off campus. Often our International Students are offered a Home Stay with St. Andrew’s families
Q. Where do St. Andrew’s International Students come from?
A. Each school year, we have students from all over the world. Students have joined us from South Korea, Germany, South America, Africa, China, Japan, and Cambodia to name a few.
Q. If I am an International student, do I need additional testing for entry?
A. In addition to the Application materials required of all applicants, International Students must also supply us with a Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) Test or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the level of which is clearly indicated. Click here to view our International Student Brochure.
Q. Do you offer ESL programs for your International Students?
A. Yes. In fact, all International Students must begin their career at St. Andrew’s enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class. The course level is determined by our ESL teacher following an interview with the student, as well as review of admissions materials.
Q. Are International applicants required to visit St. Andrew’s prior to their acceptance?
A. No. While a personal tour of the campus is not required, it is strongly encouraged. An interview is necessary, but if students or their families are unable to visit St. Andrew’s, we will happily schedule a phone or Skype interview.
Q. What percentage of your students go on to college after graduation? Where do they go?
A. 100% of our graduating seniors go on to college. Click here to see a list of schools our graduates have attended in recent years. Wherever they go to college, our graduates tell us they are well prepared for higher-level education.
Q. Do you have a dress code?
A. Yes. Students must wear khaki or black pants (young women may substitute a knee-length skirt in black or khaki) and a solid color shirt with collar or turtleneck. A v-neck or crew-neck sweater may be worn over a collared shirt. There are a number of relaxed dress code days throughout the school year, and a Spring dress code that allows for appropriate shorts. Students may wear jeans with a collared shirt on previously announced "Dress Down Days".
Q. How are parents kept up-to-date on their students’ progress at St. Andrew’s?
A. All students have a faculty adviser, with whom they meet every morning and every afternoon. Advisers, whose primary concern is the individual success of their advisees, are available to the students, their parents, and their teachers throughout the year. In addition, every two to three weeks, advisers communicate with parents about students’ progress. Each quarter, parents receive a report card, which includes a progress report from each teacher. Parents are also able to keep current by logging in to NetClassroom
Q. Do you offer financial assistance?
A. Yes. During the 2010-2011 school year, 37% of our students received Financial Aid. To apply for Aid, parents must fill out a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) and submit a copy of their current Federal tax return and W-2 forms.