The mission of the St. Andrew’s Residential Life Program is to foster the personal growth of each student as an individual while living within a diverse community setting. Using the principles of self-discipline and empathy as a guide, we educate our students academically, socially, emotionally, and culturally, carefully nurturing their intellect and spirit as they move toward living a balanced, fulfilling life. Our explicit residential curriculum helps each boarder develop proficiency in three key areas:
- Independent Living Skills: We want each student living in our dorms to develop healthy individual habits with relation to cleanliness, sleep, nutrition, and time management. Moreover, we want them to understand how their personal choices affect the community and world around them and do so by fostering awareness of concepts such as digital citizenship and environmental sustainability.
- Empathy and Compassion: Our boarding students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and we view it as paramount that they develop the ability to understand others’ perspectives and help one another to succeed. All boarders are required to take a seminar class in empathy, which focuses on topics such as cultural difference, common space language, conflict resolution, and how to communicate properly within social relationships.
- Self-Discipline: We incentivize our boarding students to develop disciplined habits that will lead them to success in college and beyond. From developing strong study habits and time management skills to learning to self-advocate appropriately, we want our students to ultimately feel as if they are in control of their own learning.
The residential curriculum is delivered to students through a blend of orientation programs, residential systems, student leadership and mentorship, health and spiritual life programming, weekend programming, and evening classes. It provides the St. Andrew’s boarding student with an educational experience that is truly 24/7.