You can review the Opening Day schedule here; you will also receive a hard copy of this schedule at check-in.
2017-18 Returning Student
Info & Forms
As the spring and summer progress, check this page often for new announcements, forms, and the information you need as you prepare to bring your child to St. Andrew's this fall.
St. Andrew's MBS Direct Bookstore will open for textbook purchases beginning on Monday, August 14, for the 2017-2018 school year. MBS Direct is offering free shipping on orders of more than $99 during the week of August 14 through Sunday, August 20. Visit our Textbook Purchasing page for detailed instructions on how to order your child's books through MBS Direct.
Parents, please fill out the School's Transportation Request Form; this form allows you to determine car and driver permissions for your child. Please submit this form by Monday, August 21.
If your child plans to travel to school by plane, train or bus at any point during the school year, please review our School transportation policies.
Parents, please fill out our Chapel Program Information Form. This program allows our Chaplains get a sense of your child's religious background (if any) and potential interest in becoming a part of the Chapel team. The information you share in this form helps the Chapel team as they work to incorporate the practices and holidays of all student faiths into religious services throughout the school year.
Each summer, I pause in my intensive preparations for a new school year and write a letter to you thanking you for your trust and faith in St. Andrew's and asking for your crucial support of what we have come to describe as the St. Andrew's culture. This spirit of collaboration, respect, and consensus among parents and St. Andrew's is yet another way we distinguish ourselves from other schools in the United States.
I suppose it might be true that adolescents today feel the onslaught of an adult culture in our country that is increasingly rude, disrespectful, and divisive. Our children face the daily, incessant barrage of social media, a medium that paradoxically makes them feel connected, isolated, confident, and insecure—all at the same time. Students often face anxiety, pressure, and panic as they think about the college admissions process, the changing American economy, and the expectations they feel from family, school, and peers.
Of course, these currents of contemporary life do not have the final say over the future of this new generation of students. Parents and schools like St. Andrew's have an enormous influence and impact on the values, worldview, and spirit our children embrace. The mentors, the exemplars, the role models within our families and schools make all the difference in the world, and these adult men and women are particularly inspirational when they are aligned.
Therefore, I begin this year reminding each of you that as parents and adults, you are joining us in the education of over 300 students at St. Andrew's. The ways you live, speak, and work influence the students who surround your son or daughter every day. Our students watch you, listen to you, emulate you, find inspiration from you, particularly because you are not their parents; you are another credible, kind, and expectant role model in their lives.
Each time you visit the campus, each time you host students for dinner or a weekend at your home, you teach them what it means to be a citizen, a role model, a parent who ultimately cares for all children, even as you love and focus on your own son or daughter.
Adolescents at St. Andrew's need encouragement, high expectations, love, respect, trust, and attention. They need to understand that a culture of kindness, an ethic of hospitality, an embrace of diversity, a commitment to truth and integrity, an embrace of service is more than a St. Andrew's ideal and commitment; it is ultimately the source of hope and reconciliation and progress in our world
You, as parents, have always supported and intensified these cultural commitments. In the face of the sound and fury of contemporary culture, I ask you to bring and intensify your spirit to our community throughout the year. Embrace our alcohol/drug expectations as you welcome students to your homes. Expect to see that refreshing spirit of engagement, service, and respect from all of our students. Share your stories of resilience, accomplishment, and commitment with them. Remind our students of the remarkable potential of hard work, perseverance, and courage in your lives.
Last year, I spent some time wandering the sidelines and stands of high school athletic contests, listening particularly for expressions of parental values, principles, and attitudes. I am obviously a biased observer, but I did see an enormous chasm between the humanity, patience, and support of St. Andrew's parents and the anxious, bitter, aggressive, and demeaning words and behavior of other private school parents. This contrast is more than a difference in style and emphasis; it is actually a contrast between parenting and educating for character and parenting for emptiness, aggression, and selfishness.
As I seek to honor your sons and daughters this year, please know how grateful I am for your support, faith, and, yes, collaboration. I am proud to say that St. Andrew's extended family has made an enormous commitment to changing and healing the world. I think our work has only just begun.
Daniel T. Roach, Jr.
Merrill M. Stenbeck Head of School
Whether you're a new or returning student, it's always helpful to review our suggested packing lists as you prepare to move on campus in the fall. These lists offer helpful guidelines for what and how much to bring, and also outline what items are not permitted on dorm. Included in the Suggested Packing List is a detailed suggested clothes packing list, in case you're wondering just how many shirts you will need to get you through the fall semester!
You can now find your child's summer reading list and enrichment opportunities on the Library website.
Students are required to read any three books from the suggested reading list (found under the "Required Summer Reading" tab), and the all-School read, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. All students should have picked up their copy of The Underground Railroad before leaving campus.
For those students who wish to practice, prepare, and/or enrich further in particular disciplines, teachers have suggested additional resources for students to explore under the "Enrichment Opportunities" tab.
Our Opening of School schedule for the 2017-18 School year is now available for your review. Different groups of students are asked to move in on different days during our Opening Week; please review the schedule to clarify which move-in day your child or children should attend. If you have any questions, please email Associate Head of School Will Speers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health forms for new and returning students are now available on our Health Center page. Your medical provider will need to complete and sign several of these health forms, and we also require all students to have a physical examination between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. The deadline to submit ALL Health Forms for ALL students is June 30, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Center at email@example.com or 302-285-4240.