For Parents

Mathews Family 2019
St. Andrew's-Sewanee provides our son with just the right balance of structure and support. When I returned to campus for our first Family Weekend, I asked him, 'Are you happy?' He looked at me like I was nuts. 'Of course, I'm happy. What is there not to be happy about?' That's just what I wanted to hear.

Dr. Peter Panzarino, parent

Choosing a school is a difficult decision. Not only will your school choice determine your child's education and their friendships, private education will likely be one of your most expensive purchases. At SAS, we want you to be as well informed as possible as you make this decision. In addition to the information we have assembled throughout our website, here are parents' Frequently Asked Questions.

Parent FAQs

What weekend activities are available to boarders? May all students participate?

SAS offers a variety of weekend activities throughout the year, including: games, tournaments, dances, movies, and cooking on campus and trips to shopping, concerts, museums, sporting events, and restaurants in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. The Mountain offers opportunities for caving, canoeing, and camping trips. It is common for day students to participate in weekend activities with boarders, especially off-the-Mountain trips, but boarders always have first priority when there are limited spots available.

Do boarding and day students interact?

There is a strong bond between day and boarding students. Often, boarders spend an evening or a weekend off-campus with day friends and their families, and day students frequently get together with boarders in the houses on campus. 

What is the weekend leave policy? Are there closed weekends?

Boarders may spend the weekend off campus once permission is granted from their parents. “Closed Weekends" – where boarders are required to stay on campus, occur only once or twice each semester.

Do students wear uniforms?

No. Our dress code requires students to be neat and clean during the academic day and stipulates some items which are not allowed for reasons of modesty, practicality, or good taste. Because we stress active involvement in class -- students are often out in the woods, sitting in groups on the floor, wading in ponds, etc. -- students need to wear clothes that are suitable for such activities. There are school events which require “formal dress" (dresses, ties, etc.) such as formal chapels and ceremonies.

Does SAS admit homeschoolers?

St. Andrew's-Sewanee has helped many students make the successful transition from homeschooling or unschooling to high school and on to college. Homeschoolers enjoy our small community, family-like residence halls, and personal attention. Unschoolers appreciate our emphasis on personal responsibility and the freedom to explore individual interests. A few years at SAS may be just the right option for your children as they seek to build a portfolio for college admission that includes objective measures of their learning and abilities and provides skills for moving into a more independent period in their lives.

How do boarding students get supplies and toiletries throughout the year?

Van runs to town are scheduled throughout the week with stops at our local stores and fast-food venues. Trips to larger stores are scheduled for the weekends.

Are boarders permitted to have cars on campus?

With some restrictions, domestic senior and junior boarders may keep a car on campus. Students who have drivers permission from their parents or guardian must also receive permission from the Teacher-in-Charge (TIC) or Administrator-on-Call (AOC) to leave campus. Passengers must have rider's permission (provided by their parent or guardian) on file. International students may not keep cars on campus or in the area.

May boarders keep pets on campus?

Generally students may not keep pets in the houses. With special permission from the House Head, a fish or small caged pet is allowed. However, there are many opportunities to bond with the animals that belong to our campus families.

Admission & Enrollment Deadlines

Looking for Fall 2019 or January 2020 admission?

Contact the Admission Office TODAY.

Applicants for Fall 2020

February 15
Priority Admission and Financial Aid Application Deadline (rolling admissions begins after the deadline)
March 10
Notification of Admission & Financial Aid Decisions
April 10
Enrollment Deadline

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Returning Students

February 1 
Financial Aid Application Deadline
March 1
Enrollment Deadline

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School's SSS ID Number is: 6292.