Saint Andrew's School (Boca Raton, Florida)

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Saint Andrew's School
Saint Andrew's School Coat of Arms
Motto Semper Stellas Spectemus (Latin)
Established 1961 and Opened 1962
Type Independent co-educational
Affiliations Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Founder Episcopal School Foundation (in conjunction with Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church, a local parish)
Headmaster Peter Benedict II
Students 1,300
Grades JK–12
Location Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Campus 81 acres (330,000 m2)
Colors Red, Green, Gold, and Blue,                 
Mascot Scotty
Saint Andrew's School

Saint Andrew's School is an Episcopal school founded in Boca Raton, Florida in 1961. Currently a JK-12 day and boarding college preparatory school, the school describes its education methodology as "education of the whole child – in mind, body, and spirit".[1] It serves 1,300 students from local, national, and international backgrounds.[1] This coeducational school is affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.[2] The school is divided into The Lower School (Junior Kindergarten through 5th Grade), The Middle School (6th Grade through 8th Grade), and The Upper School (9th Grade through 12th Grade).[3]

Saint Andrew's School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Kindergarten Council, and National Association of Episcopal Schools among others.[1]


Saint Andrew's School, named for the patron saint of Scotland, began as a boarding high school for boys, and was founded by the Episcopal School Foundation in 1961 led by The Rev. Hunter Wyatt-Brown, Jr. who became the first headmaster. The late Alexander D. Henderson Jr., a retired Avon Products, Inc. executive, and his wife, Lucy ([Lucia Maria Ernst), provided significant private donations during the early years. The School opened on September 21, 1962, with 122 students from as far away as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and several states including Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

Girls were admitted in 1972[4] after which the school transitioned from a boarding school to a mix of boarding and day students. Saint Andrew's School added a Lower School in 2000 and a Junior Kindergarten program in 2008.

Today, the co-educational JK-12 school has over 20 buildings. Since 2003, approximately $30 million in new plant construction and renovation projects have been completed, including the new $6.5 million Andrews Hall - The Center for Performing Arts, $6.5 million Malnik Family Athletic Center, $3.2 million Schmidt Family Science Center, and $8 million Moabery Early Years Learning Center. The school has also constructed a headmaster's residence and erected a chickee chapel, a symbol of school heritage. The Moabery Early Years Learning Center and renovations of the Nina and Edgar Otto Lower School Campus are LEED Certified, the Moabery Early Years Learning Center LEED for Schools certified at the Gold Level. In 2010, the Saint Andrew's School began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma program as an IB World School and in 2011, the school was accepted as a full international member of the Round Square Organization and was declared a "Green School of Excellence." Also in 2011, the school completed a new $750,000 track and field (meets IAAF standards) and renovated the Shapiro Family Adventure Gymnasium, adding a new rock climbing wall and dance studio. For 2012, the school constructed a $1.75 million dollar middle school gymnasium, the Stoops Family Gymnasium. In 2013, Saint Andrew's School proudly hosted the Round Square International Conference with over 750 educators and international students attending, including the Duke of York.


The school has had nine headmasters including The Rev. Hunter Wyatt-Brown, Jr. (serving 1962–1963) and Eugene Curtis, Jr. (serving 1964–1971).[5] Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek was the school's first female head of school(2007 -2012), replacing Reverend George E. Andrews II (serving 1989–2007). In 2012, the school hired Will Moseley to serve in the capacity of interim head as the Board of Trustees completed a national search for the next head of school. In 2013, Peter. B. Benedict II joined the Saint Andrew's community as its ninth headmaster.

The school has two chaplains, The Rev. David Taylor and Faye Somers, who officiate at the chapel services, which are held two times per week in the campus chapel. This chapel, officially called "The Chapel of Saint Andrew the Apostle," is also home to an active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South-East Florida under Bishop Leo Frade, who is also an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of the school.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • The Miami Dolphins held their training camp at Saint Andrew's from 1966–1970.[8]
  • The 1968 film Paper Lion, starring Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, and Joe Schmidt, was filmed on the Saint Andrew's School campus.[9]
  • The Saint Andrew’s School lacrosse program has ranked in the top 20 national teams for the last 3 years and earned recognition as the number one lacrosse program in the Southeast by and St. Andrews finished the 2010 season as No. 2 in the Southeast Regional rankings behind Highland Park (TX).
  • In 2013 the varsity boys basketball team(24-4) ended their amazing season claiming the runner-up trophy in the FHSAA Class 4A State Championship title game in Lakeland. Over 300 Saint Andrew's fans made the three hour journey from Boca Raton to Lakeland hoping to see their Scots claim one more victory on the season. Although they came up one game short through this journey they helped foster an overwhelming sense of school pride and spirit.

The Baltimore Colts used the football field to practice for the Super Bowl against the Jets.


  1. ^ a b c "Saint Andrew's School: School Information and Fact Sheet". January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ name="NAES"> National Association of Episcopal Schools website
  3. ^ name="SA1">Saint Andrew's School website homepage
  4. ^ The first girl to graduate was Teresa Vignau in 1969, the daughter of long time Language Department Head, Pierre Vignau.
  5. ^ "Saint Andrew's School website homepage". Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ The Net (April 2006) Official Publication of the Episcopal Diocese of South-East Florida[dead link]
  7. ^ "Episcopal Diocese of South-East Florida website". April 19, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Historical Highlights (1965–69)". Miami Dolphins. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ Charlie Sanders's Tales from the ... – Google Books. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 26°23′09″N 80°08′44″W / 26.385707°N 80.145555°W / 26.385707; -80.145555