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


Coordinates35°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 typePrivate, Day & Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopal
1981 (merger)
Head of SchoolKarl J. Sjolund
Faculty55 teachers
Grades6 to 12
Enrollment86 Boarding (8-12)
67 Day (6-8)
101 Day (9-12)
254 Total
Average class size14 students
Student to teacher ratio5:1
Campus size550 acres (2.2 km2)
Campus typeRural
Color(s)Blue and Gold          
Athletics32 teams in 12 sports
Athletics conferenceTSSAA
MascotMountain Lion
YearbookThe 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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