The goal of St. Andrew’s academic program is to provide an exceptional secondary school education. We want all our students to emerge from our classrooms with the skills, knowledge and habits of mind that will enable and inspire them to use their minds well for the rest of their lives. We strive to prepare students for work at the best undergraduate colleges in the nation. We work to instill in all students intellectual curiosity and excitement. What follows are a series of suggestions and observations designed to help students succeed academically at the School. While we cannot identify one particular approach that will lead to success here, we can identify a number of strategies that will allow students to work effectively in the classrooms of St. Andrew’s.
St. Andrew’s teachers work to write syllabi that give students ample time and opportunity to produce work of which they can be proud. Teachers post and distribute assignments for at least two weeks’ worth of work, and when possible, for a month at a time. Homework assignments are written for 40-50 minutes a class period. Students must discipline themselves to complete these assignments regularly and completely.
Because students can count on having 40-50 minutes of homework for every academic class that meets on a given day, it is essential that students organize their study time carefully. They must use free periods during the academic day as well as study hall during the evening to complete their assignments. The evening study hall provides only two hours of homework preparation time. Students must be careful to arrange for more time to study.
The faculty expect students to complete assignments on time. Students should arrive in class prepared to work effectively. They may have to write either a quiz or a journal during the class period; they may have to participate actively in a seminar discussion. In any case, the quality of a student’s daily preparation for class stands as a strong indicator of the quality of work a student will produce.
The faculty expect major papers, labs and other projects to be turned in on time. They expect students to take major tests on the days and periods indicated in the course syllabus.
If a student finds that he/she needs a limited extension, he/she must make a request to his/her teacher 48 hours before the deadline set by the teacher. If the student does not submit a request or if the teacher refuses to grant permission for an extension, the student will receive a penalty of five points a day until he/she hands in the work. A computer problem is not normally grounds for an extension.
To pass a course for a term or the year, a student must submit all major assignments, no matter how late his/her work is.
We expect quality work and a strong work ethic from all of our students. We will hold students accountable for poor academic work. Students will be required to revise their work until it meets the standards of the teacher.
- general academic guidelines