Saint Andrew's School (Saratoga, California)
|Saint Andrew's Episcopal School|
13601 Saratoga Avenue|
Saratoga, Santa Clara County, California 95070
|School type||Private, Independent|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Andrew|
|Head of school||Erik Carlson|
|Grades||Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade|
|Average class size||16|
|Hours in school day||8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Forest Green|
|Slogan||With the Right Foundation, Everything is Possible!|
|Sports||B/G Basketball, B/G Volleyball, Track, Cross Country, G Softball, B Flag Football|
|Accreditation||California Association of Independent Schools|
|Communities served||Saratoga, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara|
|Affiliation||National Association of Independent Schools|
Saint Andrew's Episcopal School is an American independent co-educational day school, which teaches pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Saratoga, Santa Clara County, California. The school offers an advanced, comprehensive academic program plus enrichment in the areas of the studio and performing arts, physical education, foreign languages, technology, character development, religion and community service. Although affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Saint Andrews’s welcomes students of all beliefs and includes teaching about all major faiths. It was founded in 1961, as a department of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. The school is organized into two divisions: the Lower School (pre-kindergarten–5th grade) and the Middle School (grades 6–8). Its website is www.st-andrews.org.
The California Association of Independent Schools accredits the school. Saint Andrew's Episcopal School is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
As of 2017[update], 365 students are enrolled, and the average class size is approximately 16. Dave Davies is currently the Interim Head of School.
In Lower School (PK - 5), the small class sizes allow for individualized attention in the core subjects lead by the primary homeroom teacher. Lab time for science is scheduled 1-2 per week. Students also have enrichment in art, music, physical education, religion, Spanish, technology and library each week.
In Middle School, students have the core classes of Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish, as well as enrichment classes that include art, music, religion, physical education and technology. Starting in middle school, two levels of Math are offered, with the regular level culminating in Algebra and the advanced level culminating in Geometry.
Saint Andrew’s believes character education is a fundamental piece of the Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight education experience. It is during these formative years that children embrace and develop the core values, or skills for life, they will need throughout their teen and adult years. Good character is modeled, discussed and taught during advisories, in the classroom, in chapel and all around campus. The  Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship) serve as the school's character education curriculum.
Technology is integrated throughout the school curriculum; students grades 5-8 are issued Apple Macbook Air laptops to use as educational aids. The laptop program even allows these laptops to be taken home, and restrictions are not stringent, allowing a variety of other applications to be installed. Each student is assigned a unique Gmail address that is part of a closed network.
All the campus has fast wireless internet coverage which is one of the tools used in the Laptop Program. Students in grades 4-8 are each issued their own laptop. Students in grades Pre-K through third grade take part in a 1:1 iPad program.
Each classroom is also equipped with an ActivBoard, a digital interactive whiteboard which supports a connection to a computer, be it the teacher's or the students'. Additionally, classrooms have integrated Apple TV's that allow for wireless streaming from an iPad or a 2011-newer MacBook Pro or Air via AirPlay.
The school supports Cross-Country and Track, boys and girls Basketball, boys and girls Volleyball, boys Flag Football and girls Softball. Additionally, the school's Physical Education program exposes children to multiple types of sports. In the PE course, each week students in 6–8 grades participate in the unique Race Across the Country Program.
The school has a relatively extensive Music program. Two concerts, one in the winter and one in the spring, are given every year, and it is mandatory for all students to play a role. The instruments generally center around the xylophone, but musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join as well. In addition to the standard enrichment class, optional programs are available. These include the Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Beginners' Band, Rock Band, and more, depending on the incoming body of students.
Saint Andrew's attends the yearly WorldStrides Heritage Festivals held in Anaheim, CA. The groups that perform are Concert Choir and Jazz/Advanced Choir. Saint Andrew's is consistently ranked high in the competition, winning Gold awards every year.
Saint Andrew's is, as the full name states, an Episcopal school. Chapel is administered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Tuesday chapel is exclusively for members of the Lower School, Wednesday's service is for Middle School, and Thursday is for the entire school. Eucharist is held at the first chapel of each month. A Religion class is also held; for 6th grade, it centers around the branches of Christianity, for 7th grade, it centers around teachings of different world religions, including lectures from guest speakers and field trips, and for 8th grade, it is an ethics class.
High School Selection and Matriculation
Students begin investigating and shadowing at high schools as early as seventh grade. During eighth grade, students participate in a variety of activities that prepare them for the rigorous high school application process including mock interviews, application essay writing and guides for effective shadow experiences. High schools regularly send representatives to talk to Saint Andrew's students about various high schools. These lectures are an optional visit for 7th graders, but mandatory for 8th graders. A day in October is reserved as a "High School Retreat", where 8th graders spend the entire school day writing/editing résumés and application essays, and preparing for interviews.
For more than 30 years Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School has seen 90% or greater of the matriculating 8th grade students accepted to top Catholic and Independent Schools. While most students stay in the area, Saint Andrew's graduates have been accepted to top high schools across the country and internationally as well.
Recent graduates have matriculated to: Archbishop Mitty High School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Castilleja School, Harker School, National Cathedral - Washington, DC, Notre Dame - San Jose, Presentation High School, Sacred Heart Prep, Saint Francis High School, Saratoga High School, Los Gatos High School, Thacher School, Woodside Priory