Colegio San Andrés

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Colegio San Andrés
Avenida Du Petit Thouars 179
Sta Beatriz
School type Private
Motto Initium sapientiae timor domini
(The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. [Proverbs 1:7])
Religious affiliation(s) Free Church of Scotland
Established 1917 (1917)
Headmaster Clive Bailey
Gender Co-educational
Campus type Urban
Mascot British Lion
Yearbook Leader

The Colegio San Andrés (English: St. Andrew's School) was founded in 1917 as the Anglo-Peruvian School by a Scottish missionary, John A. Mackay, who was later responsible for the YMCA in Latin America and president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

After rapid growth, it became the Colegio Anglo-Peruano on May 12, 1919. During the Second World War the name of the school was changed to Colegio San Andrés by order of the government. The school has been on its present site since 1930.

From its foundation the school has been under the auspices of the Foreign Mission Board of the Free Church of Scotland. The school continues to inculcate its students with the beliefs, traditions and worldview of the church.


Dr. Mackay was given permission to found the Anglo-Peruvian School on July 13, 1917. In 1919 the primary school expanded into secondary education as well, changing its name to Colegio Anglo-Peruano. The school then consisted of 7 teachers and 271 pupils.

In 1924, while the school was still located at its premises on the Plaza Francia, it merged with the American Institute and became a boys‑only institution.

Through the initiative of Dr. W. Stanley Rycroft and with the collaboration of Dr. Alberto Arca Parró, a distinguished teacher at the school, the Leader magazine was founded in 1926. In the words of its first editorial, the Leader aspired to "be the voice of educational development, and be able to unite the voice of teachers and students in the process of development and reinterpretation of the basic principles of teaching."

The school moved to its present site in 1930. The then‑President of Peru, Augusto B. Leguía, was an honoured guest at the occasion.

In 1942, in compliance with the dictates of Government Resolution N°3, announced by the Ministry of Education, the school changed its name again, becoming the Colegio San Andrés.

The school was opened to female students in 1994. The class of 2004 was the first coeducational class to graduate.


Since the school was founded under charter from the Free Church of Scotland, the defining ideals of the school are principally derived from the church's philosophy and biblical teachings.

The institution, being a religious institution, teaches all its subjects from a Biblical viewpoint, not only for religion and ethics, but also for all aspects of education.

Notable alumni[edit]

Among its former students are:


  • John M. MacPherson, At the Roots of a Nation: The Story of San Andres School in Lima, Peru (Edinburgh: The Knox Press (Edinburgh), 1993)
  • John Mackay Metzger, The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010)


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