St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school with a diverse student body located in central Mississippi. Attracting students from urban and rural areas within an 80-mile radius of metropolitan Jackson, St. Andrew’s on two campuses serves about 1,100 students, infants through twelfth grade. Foundations (infants – Pre-K2) and the Lower School (Pre-K3 – 4th) is in Jackson, the capital city, while the Middle (5th – 8th) and Upper Schools (9th – 12th) are located eight miles away on the 75-acre North Campus in Ridgeland, an adjacent suburb.
Founded in 1947, St. Andrew’s opened its doors initially to 45 students in Grades 1-4. Adele Franks, the school’s energetic, creative founding Headmistress, developed a challenging curriculum that included foreign languages, arts studies, and character-building programs designed to help children become more tolerant and understanding of themselves and others. From its earliest days, St. Andrew’s emphasized the need to pay individual attention to each student in order to discover and develop his or her unique talents and gifts. In 1955, Mrs. Franks initiated St. Andrew’s first scholarship program enabling exceptional students with limited financial resources to become St. Andrew’s students.
Throughout its history, St. Andrew’s has upheld a standard of academic excellence while creating a nurturing environment open to students of every ethnic and economic background. Today, in keeping with its history, St. Andrew’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, including more Advanced Placement courses than any other school in the state. Its academic programs are supported and enhanced by outstanding programs in the performing and visual arts, athletics, service learning, and global studies.
St. Andrew’s continually seeks to enrich its community with students and faculty from a variety of cultural heritages and to enhance its offerings and facilities so that it can remain true to its mission “to nurture a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, encouraging spiritual growth, moral responsibility, and academic excellence.”