St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

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St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
St. Andrew's-Sewanee Shield
290 Quintard Rd.
Sewanee, Tennessee, 37375
United States
School type Private, Boarding, Day
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1868
Head of School The Rev. John Taliaferro Thomas
Faculty 50 teachers
Grades 6 to 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 82 Boarding (9-12)
62 Day (6-8)
104 Day (9-12)
248 Total
Average class size 13 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus size 550 acres (2.2 km2)
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics 29 sports
Athletics conference TSSAA
Mascot Mountain Lion
Average SAT scores 440 - 630 reading
470 - 630 math
430 - 570 writing
Average ACT scores 20-28
Yearbook The Phoenix
Endowment $11 million

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 260 students in grades six through twelve. It is located in Sewanee, Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga and adjacent to the University of the South.


The school, housed on 550 acres (2.2 km2), is the result of the merger of St. Andrew's School, which was located on the same campus, and the Sewanee Academy.[1] The University of the South agreed to merge the Sewanee Academy with St. Andrew's School in 1981.

The Sewanee Academy was founded in 1867 as the Junior Department of the University of the South and later became Sewanee Grammar School (1869-1908), then the Sewanee Military Academy. In 1971, Sewanee Military Academy dropped its military program and became known as the Sewanee Academy.[1]

St. Andrew's School was founded in 1905 by the Episcopal Order of the Holy Cross with the goal of "breaking the cycle of poverty" for "mountain boys." Originally all-white, it was desegregated in 1965.[2]

A third school, St. Mary's School for Girls, was operated from 1896 to 1968 by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary's. After it closed, Sewanee Military Academy and St. Andrew's School, which had enrolled only boys, both became coeducational.[1]

Student body and curriculum[edit]

The school is attended by approximately 260 day and boarding students in grades 6 to 12. The boarding program houses approximately 100 students from across the US as well as from countries such as Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. Several notable parts of the school's curriculum are students' ability to enroll in university classes at Sewanee: The University of the South, diverse English course offerings for upperclassmen, science classes and an outing programs that take full advantage of the school's 550-acre campus, and one of the best high school clay facilities in the country.


Wade Hall for the Sciences, dedicated in 2010, is a LEED Gold certified building utilizing cost and energy saving technologies. The building's butterflied roof collects rainwater for gray water usage. Up to 8000 gallons of water can be stored in the still-like cisterns.

McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts, named after longtime Sewanee Summer Music Center/Festival director Martha McCrory, is a 300+-seat musical performance venue. The acoustically-rich hall hosts professional and student musicians and actors.

The SAS Art Gallery welcomes visiting professional artists for exhibitions and master classes. Over the years, visiting artists have collaborated with students to produce many outdoor sculptures around the SAS campus.

Notable alumni[edit]


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