Promoting critical thinking and creativity
Listening, speaking, writing, analytical thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills. These are the tools that St. Andrew's–Sewanee seeks to cultivate. Our approach is to engage and challenge, to teach not only facts but critical and creative processes. St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is committed to providing students with the fundamentals necessary for lifelong success. Students are taught to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and to meet academic challenges via multidisciplinary and hands-on teaching styles.
Minimum requirements for graduation include four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of history, two years of a single foreign language at the high school level, physical science, chemistry, biology, one year of the arts, Introduction to Religion, and Health and Fitness. Traditionally, students go well beyond fulfilling minimum requirements and partake in electives, including Environmental History, Political Action, Environmental Studies, Field Geology, a variety of visual and performing arts courses, advanced science courses, and a multitude of independent advanced-study opportunities.
Science at SAS is lab and field based allowing students to experience science rather than merely study its theories. In the arts, students have opportunities to take advanced courses in all disciplines. Art, music, and theater may be taken for academic credit.