St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
|St. Andrew's-Sewanee School|
|290 Quintard Rd.
Sewanee, Tennessee, 37375
|School type||Private, Boarding, Day|
|Head of School||The Rev. John Taliaferro Thomas|
|Grades||6 to 12|
|Enrollment||82 Boarding (9-12)
62 Day (6-8)
104 Day (9-12)
|Average class size||13 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Campus size||550 acres (2.23 km2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Average SAT scores||440 - 630 reading
470 - 630 math
430 - 570 writing
|Average ACT scores||20-28|
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 (2.23 km2), is the result of the merger of St. Andrew's School, which was located on the same campus, and the Sewanee Academy. 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 1970, Sewanee Military Academy dropped its military program and became known as the Sewanee Academy.
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.
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.
Student body and curriculum
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, Japan, 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.
- Whitney Able, actress
- James Agee, author
- Stephen Alvarez, photographer (National Geographic)
- Sean Bridgers, actor
- Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn
- Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator
- Mike deGruy, documentary filmmaker
- Charles Duncan, Jr., entrepreneur and statesman
- George Garrett, poet
- Max Gladstone, author
- Eban Goodstein, economist, author and sustainability educator
- Rip Hawkins, football player
- Robin Hemley, author
- Stuart Margolin, actor (The Rockford Files)
- Miller Puckette, author of Max (software)
- Elisabeth Röhm, actress
- Margaret D. Binnicker, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
- Wade H. Morris, Jr., FORCING PROGRESS: THE STRUGGLE TO INTEGRATE SOUTHERN EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS, M.A. thesis, Georgetown University, April 18, 2009