I never felt I could make anything of beauty until I started my SAS English courses. I am quite blessed that my teachers disagreed. They forced me to write. They showed me that I could produce something of worth. They gave me an ability to create and love my creations.
Spencer Fugate '14, Macalester College '18
The academic year is divided into semesters, and grade reports or comments are sent to parents eight times a year. The grading scale is 0-100.
The SAS Upper School uses a combined 45-minute/90-minute schedule format which is designed to facilitate a hands-on learning environment. Upper School classes meet three times weekly (two 90-minute periods and one 45-minute period). Science classes are built around laboratory and field experiences that are easily integrated with instruction in the longer class periods.
Students thrive in small schools and classrooms, where teachers and students know each other well and work in an atmosphere of trust and high expectations.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee is very intentionally a small school, eschewing the trend towards “super-sized" private schools. Every child is known and contributes, whether it's in the classroom, on the stage, or on the playing field. Teachers engage with and challenge students in the classroom and out. To best meet the challenges faced by an individual student, groups of faculty, residential staff, advisors, and coaches work together as a team to create an academic plan.