St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

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St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
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St. Andrew's-Sewanee Shield
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, Tennessee 37375
United States
Coordinates 35°13′02″N 85°53′29″W / 35.2172°N 85.8914°W / 35.2172; -85.8914Coordinates: 35°13′02″N 85°53′29″W / 35.2172°N 85.8914°W / 35.2172; -85.8914
School type Private, Day & Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1868
1981 (merger)
Head of School Karl J. Sjolund
Faculty 55 teachers
Grades 6 to 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 86 Boarding (8-12)
67 Day (6-8)
101 Day (9-12)
254 Total
Average class size 14 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus size 550 acres (2.2 km2)
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics 32 teams in 12 sports
Athletics conference TSSAA
Mascot Mountain Lion
Average SAT scores 560-670 EBRW
545-670 math
Average ACT scores 22-30
Yearbook The Phoenix
Endowment $13 million

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 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, which is also affiliated with the Episcopal Church. In addition to outstanding college preparation, the school is known for its close and welcoming community, emphasis on creativity, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.


The current 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.

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 250 day and boarding students in grades 6 to 12. The boarding program, which begins with grade 8, houses approximately 100 students from the United States and other countries. In an average year, the student body represents 20 states and a dozen countries. Qualified students are able to enroll in university classes at Sewanee: The University of the South.[citation needed]

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