St. Andrew's School (Rhode Island)
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|St. Andrew's School|
|63 Federal Road
Barrington, Rhode Island, Bristol County, 02806
|School type||Private, Day & Boarding|
|Founder||Reverend William Merrick Chapin|
|Head of school||John D. Martin|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Affiliation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
St Andrew’s mission is to identify students’ individual learning styles, and to teach according to those strengths. The school believes that its student to faculty ratio of 5:1 is one method that allows it to fulfill its mission. In addition, St Andrew’s teachers are trained in the nationally-recognized program “Schools Attuned”.
St. Andrew’s was founded in 1893 by the Reverend William Merrick Chapin, the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, Rhode Island. Father Chapin founded several churches and two schools.
The School was incorporated in 1896 as St. Andrew’s Industrial School. For the first 72 years of its existence, St. Andrew’s was an orphanage, school, social service agency, and working farm under the auspices of the Episcopal Church. Father Chapin, however, never intended for the School to be Episcopal-only: he believed that St. Andrew’s should serve any student who needed it, regardless of race or religious background. This thinking continues today.
In 1950, the trustees modified the original charter, removing the word “industrial” from the School’s name and the Statement of Purpose was revised to read that “said corporation is constituted for the purpose of establishing a school and home primarily for the training of boys from families with limited means, or with domestic insecurity.”
By the 1960s, farming had become uncertain as a potential career and outright purchase of food and other goods a more economical way of meeting the School’s needs - so the farming program was phased out. In 1964, St. Andrew’s was granted membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In 1976, under Headmaster Stephen G. Waters, the Board instituted a long-range plan that led to a significant evolution of the School’s policies and operations. The function of providing a home for boys was formally dropped and the focus turned to academics. Special education for students with learning disabilities was introduced, and State-certified special-education teachers and a psychologist were hired to meet students’ needs and educate faculty about working with learning disabilities. More emphasis was placed on tuition to balance the operating budget. The School admitted young women in 1981; in 1982, the Middle School program was formalized.
In 2000-2001, St. Andrew’s became a pilot partner for the nationally recognized Schools Attuned program at the high school level. Schools Attuned trains teachers to identify students’ individual learning styles in order to help them maximize their strengths.
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