St. Anne's School 2019-20 Viewbook

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St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

Where Success Starts

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis invests in the intellectual and spiritual promise of each student in a community that values diversity and the dignity of every human being. We challenge students to think critically and creatively, to know themselves as learners, and to govern their lives with confidence, compassion, and integrity.

Inspiring students Two through Eighth Grade, we draw from an Episcopal tradition as an independent, co-educational school.


Average Class Size


Lead Staff Holding Advanced Degrees

33% Self-Identify as Diverse


Research-Supported Learning at Each Stage The St. Anne’s School model provides challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment with teacher support every step of the way. Students engage in age-appropriate activities and learning, avoiding the social and academic

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Program for Young Children

Lower School

Annapolis Twos • Preschool • Prekindergarten

Kindergarten – Fourth Grade

Based on the renowned educational approach of

Using the Project Approach, our students:

Preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, our program: • Addresses social, academic, emotional, and physical development;

• Participate in an in-depth study of a topic; • Conduct hands-on research and are involved in firsthand explorations;

• Emphasizes family and societal influences;

• Reflect upon the learning in progress;

• Works in a small student-teacher ratio; and

• See the classroom as the “third teacher;” and

• Encourages close collaboration among

• Respect and listen to their peers’ theories.

administrators and teachers.


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Where Success Starts


Middle School

High School & Beyond

Fifth– Eighth Grade

Find the Right Fit

Beyond rigorous academics, exploratory learning,

An education from St. Anne’s School carries weight,

critical thinking skill development, and year-round

especially when it comes to high school placement.

service learning, our Middle School program offers:

The most competitive schools seek out our graduates

• Individualized high school placement; • A daily advisory program to set long- and short-term goals; • Age-appropriate life skills curriculum; and • A state-of-the-art Design Lab.

because they have a reputation of making their community stronger. Working alongside the Director of Upper School Placement, our students have been accepted to over 77 top public and private high schools. Of our graduates that are currently in c ollege, 78% have a STEM-focused major.



Our students are empowered to make informed decisions about their education. With the support of their parents and teachers, Seventh Grade students begin the high school selection process. As students collaborate with the Director of Upper School Placement, they develop a clear understanding of their strengths, learning styles, and interests. Students are able to own the selection process and choose a high school that is the best match for their individual goals and needs.

A nurturing environment allows students to be their age. We inspire our students to discover themselves as learners, friends, and community contributors without the social pressures of older students. Our students enter Middle School with the skills and routines developed from our Twos program forward that help them thrive during a time in adolescence where many children feel socially and emotionally vulnerable.

A sense of belonging fosters well-educated and confident students who are ready to lead. Our students feel a true sense of belonging with their classmates and teachers because they are able to experience an inclusive, consistent learning environment during the most formative time in their lives. According to a study by New York University, students who attend a K–8 school have more positive views and confidence in their academic abilities when compared to their counterparts at traditional middle schools.





Preschool through

Pre-K through

Twos through

Preschool through

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

Where Success Starts

HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDED the Classes of 2018 and 2019 over

$450,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS 78% OF GRADUATES currently enrolled in college have a




We’re a small school with global impact, a student body of compassionate hearts and fearless ideas, and a community that cares now about the future. Our students and their teachers are lifelong learners, and their reach extends far beyond the walls of St. Anne’s School.

REGGIO EMILIA, ITALY MARYLAND We call our 10-acre campus in Annapolis home, but our students also come to St. Anne’s School from the Eastern Shore, Prince George’s County, and Southern Maryland, among other areas.

NEW YORK Three of our educators are Klingenstein Center Fellows at the Teachers College at Columbia University, where they take part in university-based leadership training for those in the independent school field.

Our research-supported programs are based on the renowned educational approach of the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

MEXICO Each year, First Grade students study Monarch Butterflies’ lifecycle and migration to the Oyamel Forest. Students release tagged Monarchs and track their journeys. To prepare for videoconferencing sessions with our partner school, Escuela Primaria Leona Vicarioa, the class reads Dear Primo.

COSTA RICA Eighth Grade students travel to Costa Rica to build science and Spanish skills, hike, raft, visit schools, and live with locals. Students enter into a service relationship and name this trip as one of their most memorable St. Anne’s School experiences.

RWANDA Third Grade students put their learning into action as they partner with Rwandan students in videoconference discussions. Through student fundraising efforts, Rwandan teachers visit our campus each year. Three of our faculty and staff members have visited Rwandan schools for educational collaboration.

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

Where Success Starts


Global Citizens Global learning and authentic connections are paramount at St. Anne’s School. Our students don’t just learn about other cultures, they — along with their teachers — connect with other cultures on a human level. We learn we’re more alike than we assume. Humanity unites us all.

Service Learning JAPAN Two of our educators are Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund teaching fellows, having been chosen for this prestigious program to tour the country for educational and cultural study. These perspectives are now integrated into the Second Grade curriculum as students write scripts based on Japanese folk tales and perform extensive research on their culture.

More than just community service, our students are engaged in curriculum-based service learning. Service learning emphasizes mutuality, with all participants learning and growing from the experience. Students take their civic engagement outside the classroom and create meaningful connections in the communities they serve.

Field Experiences

HONG KONG Our Head of Middle School spends three weeks every summer as the Program Director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program at ISF Academy in China. Our extraordinary educators are global leaders.

NEW ZEALAND With its roots in New Zealand classrooms (Clay, 1991; Holdaway, 1979), guided reading has shifted the lens in the teaching of reading to a focus on a deeper understanding of how readers build effective processing systems over time. This process is core to the Fountas and Pinnell literacy model which has been in place at St. Anne’s School for 20 years.

All Middle School students are immersed in outdoor education class leadership trips. Students travel to Echo Hill, Gennessee Valley, and Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center as a way to connect with community, environment, and each other. Lower School students participate in class camping trips, and all grades, beginning in Kindergarten, participate in regular field experiences outside the classroom. These trips promote individual and group leadership.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Diversity is more than a statistic about our student body. To us, it’s also about an openmindedness to others’ thoughts, cultures, and ways of life. We strive to create an equitable community and do so by teaching inclusion in our curriculum, allowing students to see diversity in our own backyard and around the globe. That diversity teaches them skills to conquer unexpected problems, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and engage with the world through creative inquiry.


Students learn best when their classrooms make them feel safe, challenged, and happy. Our teachers use engaging academics, a positive community, effective management, and expertise in developmental awareness to create a learning environment that is age-appropriate and responsive to students’ strengths and needs. Teachers are trained in and follow the guiding principles of Responsive Classroom, ensuring students develop academic, social, and emotional skills. According to UVA’s Curry School of Education, this approach shows stronger academic achievement, improved teacher-student interactions, and higher quality instruction.

Guiding Principles of Responsive Classroom Teaching social and emotional skills is as

What we know and believe about our students —

important as teaching academic content.

individually, culturally, developmentally — informs

How we teach is as important as what we teach.

how we teach those students.

How we work together as adults to create a

Partnering with families— knowing them and

safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution.

Our school philosophy is rooted in Episcopal principles, guiding our students to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service within their community. As a result, we welcome families from many faith backgrounds, as well as those without a defined faith tradition. Through social justice education and experiences, we provide an environment where intellectual and spiritual wonder are valued, where love and kindness toward one another are pivotal, and where contributing to the common good is celebrated and expected. As a result, our students are compassionate, capable leaders.

valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach.

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

Step One Call 410.263.8650 for an introductory conversation or visit to schedule a personalized visit.

Step Two Attend an upcoming Open House event. There are several throughout the year.

Step Three Complete an online application for Admission. Apply for need-based financial aid and/or merit-based scholarships.

Step Four Schedule a Shadow Day (Second through Eighth Grades), during which diagnostic screenings take place. Preschool through First Grade students attend a screening day.

Step Five Submit transcripts and teacher recommendations.

Step Six Await admissions decision and attend St. Anne’s School community events.

Welcome to St. Anne’s School!

Where Success Starts


3112 Arundel on the Bay Road | Annapolis, MD 21403 410.263.8650 |

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