St. Andrew's School (Delaware)

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St. Andrew's School
Middletown, Delaware
Type Private, Boarding
Motto "Pistis Kai Episteme" ("Faith and Learning")
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1929
Headmaster Daniel T. Roach
Faculty 70
Enrollment 303 total
Average class size 11 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus 2200 acres
Color(s) Cardinal Red and White
Athletics 21 Varsity Interscholastic Teams
Athletics conference Delaware Independent School Conference
Mascot Cardinal, Saint, & Griffon
Average SAT scores (2012) 1320 verbal + math
Endowment 200 million

St. Andrew's School is a private, Episcopal, co-educational boarding school located on 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) in Middletown, Delaware. The school enrolls 305 students in grades nine through twelve. Following the tradition of other boarding schools, students refer to their "form" instead of their "grade." Freshmen are III formers while seniors are VI formers.

The school admitted 15% of its applicants with a 68% yield rate and a median SSAT of 84% during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

Educational philosophy[edit]

St. Andrew's offers a full course curriculum in the liberal arts. The culmination of a student's English career is the Senior Exhibition. In the Senior Exhibition, a student will read a work of literature provided by his or her instructor, attempt to develop a thesis on that work of literature in the form of a 10–15 page paper and defend the thesis before members of the English department. The senior exhibition process has been compared to a university thesis defense, except with a very short paper instead of a 100-300 page thesis, as would be typical of college level work. The senior exhibition aims to build off of the skills that have been developed through the students' english career, and especially on the ability to think critically.

Tuition and financial aid[edit]

St. Andrew's has an endowment of $170 million. The tuition at the school is $51,500. Roughly 46% of the students receive some form of financial aid. St. Andrew's dispensed approximately $6.2 million in financial aid in 2015, with an average grant of $42,688.


St. Andrew's was founded in 1929 by A. Felix du Pont (1879–1948), a member of the Du Pont family, which made its fortune in the chemical industry. It was founded to provide a top education to boys of all socio-economic backgrounds, regardless of the families' ability to pay. St. Andrew's originally was an all-boys school, but became coeducational in 1973. The school also has a student-run SDLC,or Student Leadership Diversity Conference, which addresses issues of racial and ethnic diversity, and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance, which has provided social support to gay students and their allies since the early 2000s.

The Irene duPont Library at St. Andrew's School was given by and named for the founder's sister, Irene Sophie duPont. The Library was built in October 1956 and completely renovated in 1997. It contains 32,000 volumes and over 120 periodicals. The library also offers one of the school's' computer labs, a periodical room, a reference room, and several study rooms ranging in sizes able to accommodate a full class down to single person use. The library also provides technology resources which are available for loan to students for academic and personal use.[2][3]


All St. Andrew's students are required to participate in a sport every season at the thirds, junior varsity or varsity level. Teams that have won state championships include the varsity girls' lacrosse team, winning the state title from 2002–05, and boys' varsity tennis, which took the state championship in 2009. The varsity boy's lacrosse team took states in 2004. In 1997, the St. Andrew's women's rowing team won the School/Junior Eights class in the Henley Women's Regatta in England. In 2011, the St. Andrew's men's rowing team finished second to Abingdon who broke the 20-year-old course record in the final of the head-to-head, single-elimination Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup challenge, after beating two-time defending champion and British champion Eton College.

St. Andrew's is a member of the Delaware Independent School Conference. Traditional rivals in conference include the Wilmington Friends School, Tatnall School and Tower Hill School. Every year, the football team battles the Tatnall Hornets for the coveted cannon trophy and often the conference title in the Cannon Game. Athletic rivals in other sports include the Hill School, Sanford School, Salesianum, Middletown High School and Westtown School.

Film appearances[edit]

The 1989 film Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams was filmed almost entirely on the school grounds.

It served as the shooting location for young Bartlet's boarding school in The West Wing episode entitled "Two Cathedrals" (#44).

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures". St. Andrews School. 
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  4. ^ "Player Bio: Eric Boateng". Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  5. ^ "CNN reveals Erin Burnett's New Show Title: OutFront". 
  6. ^ "St. Andrew’s Celebrates 81st Commencement". St. Andrew's School. 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  7. ^ Jean Garnett (August 18, 2008). "Dominic Seiterle '94 wins gold in Beijing". SAS Alumni News. St. Andrew's School. Retrieved Nov 18, 2009. 

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Coordinates: 39°25′59″N 75°41′19″W / 39.432945°N 75.688505°W / 39.432945; -75.688505