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celebrating faculty

New curriculum and changes to existing curriculum

ing, and creative. The teaching faculty at St. Andrew’s

are managed in a number of ways. Faculty refer-

is superb! All things proceed from the quality of a

ence the published standards of the many discipline-

school’s instructional team, and St. Andrew’s has one

based associations that research and develop

of the very best.”

curriculum guidelines. Regular reviews of “Principles of Good Practice” of the school’s accrediting bodies

Equally important to the faculty and administration

and national associations are conducted. Through

are the school’s efforts to help students “struggle

staff development programs, all faculty regularly

with the big questions.” As an Episcopal school, St.

participate in the professional conversation about

Andrew’s presents students with the daily option of

what to teach and how to teach it and systematically

exploring the spiritual and human side of being that

collaborate with one another to develop a compre-

takes them beyond the more temporal definitions of

hensive program.

meaning. Additionally, St. Andrew’s has an unusually profound sense of community, which helps create the

“Our collaborative efforts extend beyond the walls

relationships and trust foundational to growth.

of St. Andrew’s,” said Mr. McGhee. “We regularly visit other schools to talk with our peers and discuss the

“St. Andrew’s is also distinctive in our genuine commit-

current literature on education; and many of us have

ment to multifaceted definition of education: our em-

completed or are currently working on advanced

phasis on languages for all, arts for all, service for all,

degrees within our fields.”

athletics for all, and the longest standing one-to-one technology program in Austin,” said Mr. McGhee. “We

To continue improving, St. Andrew’s regularly assesses

also have close relationships with parents and families,

its programs through self-studies, regular assessments

provide a strong emphasis on social and emotional

in departmental meetings, feedback from program

learning, offer daily student gatherings to create a

consultants, traditional measures of student interest

sense of community, have a well-established advisory

and performance, grades and test scores, through

program, put an emphasis on travel and field-based

college acceptances and the successes of our

learning and, in the Upper School, offer well-devel-

graduates at university. St. Andrew’s is not exclusively

oped Junior Experience and Senior Project programs.”

focused on academics. We encourage our students in a well-rounded educational experience through

Education is ever-evolving and must remain current

participation in athletics, arts, and service programs

to remain effective. With the position of Academic

(full integration of scholar, athlete, artist, and servant).

Dean, and the amazing faculty supporting the school, St. Andrew’s is well-positioned to best serve

“First and foremost, St. Andrew’s outstanding pro-

and best teach its students.

grams are truly a reflection of the high quality of our teachers,” said Mr. McGhee. “They are dedicated to kids, they care about the school; they’re relentless in pursuit of their own growth; they’re bright, hardwork-

*Tim McGhee will serve as Interim Head of the Upper School for the 2012–2013 school year. During this time he will provide parttime support for the Academic Dean job duties and will return full-time to his position at the conclusion of next school year. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • • 11

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