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.