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St. Andrew's Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school in Ridgeland, Mississippi serving more than 1,100 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. 98 percent of St. Andrew's graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.

Founded in 1947, the school occupies two campuses: the South Campus houses the Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade 4) in Jackson, and the North Campus houses the Middle School (grades 5-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) in Ridgeland.

The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and is affiliated with the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The School also holds ties with St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson.

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School Crest, Motto, Colors, Mascot, Hymn and Prayer, Quick Facts

St. Andrew's Episcopal School Seal

The school seal was designed in 1978 by Lewis Hitt, an art teacher. It contains a navy circular band surrounding a walrus of the same color. The school's name and the date 1947 (its founding) are inscribed on the circle. The shield is divided into four sections by a red and white cross in the form of the cross on which Saint Andrew was martyred. The top section contains a white magnolia, the state flower of Mississippi. The left section contains the Episcopal shield. The right section is a lamp. An anchor (sometimes referred to as an "anchor of faith") is in the lower section, representing Saint Andrew's vocation as a fisherman and the school's religious affiliation. The school motto (Inveniemus Viam Aut Faciemus) appears between the outer circle and the shield.

The motto, officially adopted in 1979, is "Inveniemus Viam Aut Faciemus" and translates to "We will find a way or we will make one."

The official school colors are blue and white.

The school mascot is the Saints.

The school hymn is "For All The Saints" (sung to the tune of Sine Nomine).

The St. Andrew's Episcopal School Prayer

Almighty and heavenly father, who has blessed us with the joy and care of children:
Bless, we pray you, St. Andrew's Episcopal School;
Give our teachers, parents, and students light and strength so to train and learn,
that all of us might love whatsoever things are true and pure and lovely;
Grant us grace to choose the good and to reject evil;
Give us knowledge and understanding of the mysteries of your creation;
All this we ask in the name of Him;
Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

May Day

St. Andrews celebrates May Day as an event where the entire preschool through fourth grade participates. Every year, the entire fourth grade class wraps the May Pole to the tune of Waltz of the Flowers. The other grades perform different dances, usually having a theme with the school's past. The school's Sixtieth Anniversary May Day was no different from the others, with the exception of a few banners placed on the wall.

Quick Facts

  • 19% of the St. Andrew’s Class of 2007 were National Merits Finalists, the highest percentage of any school in Mississippi.

(29.7% of the St. Andrew’s Class of 2008 were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Students, or National Achievement Semifinalists.

  • The average ACT score for the Class of 2007 was 28.
  • The average SAT score for the Class of 2007 was 1892.
  • 30 of Mississippi’s 32 AP State Scholars have been St. Andrew’s students.
  • In 2008, St. Andrew’s was named Mississippi’s Best All-Around 2A Sports Program for the 9th consecutive year and the 15th time in the last 17 years.
  • The St. Andrew’s Upper School band has received superior ratings at the State Band Festival for 12 consecutive years.
  • 78% of the class of 2007 received college scholarship offers; collectively, the class was offered more than $7 million in scholarships.
  • In 2007, St. Andrew’s was named Mississippi’s Best All-Around 2A Sports Program for the 8th consecutive year and the 14th time in the last 16 years.
  • In 2007, St. Andrew’s won state championships in boys’ cross-country, boys’ soccer, girls’ cross-country, girls’ track and field, tennis, and girls’ bowling.
  • St. Andrew’s is the only school in Mississippi and one of only 22 schools nationwide to receive a $2 million Malone Family Foundation grant to create scholarships for academically gifted students with financial need.
  • The 2006-2007 Annual Fund campaign raised more than $500,000.
  • The St. Andrew’s Touchstone Endowment stands at more than $8 million.
  • In 2007, a St. Andrew’s graduate became the first student in Mississippi history to receive the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship Award to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • St. Andrew’s is the one of two schools in Mississippi (along with Oak Grove High School) with a Chair of Membership in Emory University’s Barkley Forum for Speech and Debate.
  • A St. Andrew’s student won the 2007 National Student-Athlete Scholars Award.
  • A St. Andrew’s student won the 2007 American Visions Art Award.
  • St. Andrew’s 2007 College Fair brought representatives from more than 50 four-year colleges and universities nationwide to the St. Andrew’s campus.
  • St. Andrew's also celebrates Pi day on March 14.

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