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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

Disciplines

 

Our academic program is built around a sequence of requirements in the core subject areas of English; history; science; mathematics; classical and modern languages; religious studies; and the arts. Course curriculums strive to be interdisciplinary: that is, in developing coursework, faculty consider what else a student is learning in that particular school year, and attempt to connect that work across classrooms, putting disciplines and methods in conversation with one another.

In all disciplines, coursework is intensely focused on the teaching of writing, critical reasoning and scientific investigation. Our course offerings reflect our goal of connecting students with contemporary issues, technologies, and innovations of the wider world, and our deep belief in the world's religious, philosophical and artistic traditions as a lasting source of wisdom and hope.

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Oh the Places You Will Go…with College Counseling

One of the many benefits of a St. Andrew’s education is the individual attention each student receives from not only their advisors, teachers, and dorm parents, but also from their college counselors.

Jason Honsel, who has been helping St. Andrew’s students apply and be accepted to colleges for the past seven years, says his team, which includes Anna Hastings, Martha Pitts, and Sheryl Rojas, starts meeting with junior students each fall. Meetings continue with students through their senior year.

“We are a very collaborative group, so while each student is assigned to one of us, we often work together to find the best options for each student,” Honsel says. “We are a tight-knit group and our focus is building a relationship with the students, understanding their goals, their strengths, and helping them get into the right school for them.”

During the course of the year, St. Andrew’s hosts representatives from 50 to 60 colleges and universities. “Each year we receive requests from upwards of 80 schools who want to visit and then we narrow the list down to about 50 to schedule visits,” Honsel says. “There just isn’t enough time to have every single school visit with our students. And, we know from past data where most of our students end up going.”

Speaking of data, Honsel and his team also keep track of student data—grades, extracurricular activities, and where that student ultimately was accepted and then went to college. “Having the past data and knowing each student helps us build a better list of potential colleges for current students because we know what worked for similar students in the past,” he says.

 

Writing the Essay

For many students, the essay portion of the college application is the most daunting part.

“Essays can be hard, but that is why our team is here,” Honsel says. “We have our entire team that can help read essays and we also partner with other faculty members for help reviewing them.”

His biggest tips for a college essay:

  • Be honest and authentic: Each student should write his or her own essay so that it truly represents who they are today.
  • Write multiple drafts and continue to ask for feedback so when the essay goes to college admissions, it is the best it can be.
  • Do some self-discovery: Think about specific characteristics, goals, likes and dislikes, etc.

Is it all Ivy-League schools for St. Andrew’s students? Honsel says no.

“Our students are incredibly smart and coming to St. Andrew’s is a great benefit for them when it comes to college applications, however, I do often help students see outside the normal ‘brand-name’ colleges,” Honsel says. 

The college counseling team helps students build a list of potential colleges. Then students should spend some time researching the schools, attending college rep visits at St. Andrew’s, and then make plans to visit the college campus in person.

“There is so much that goes into the college application process, but we are here for each student every step of the way,” Honsel says. 

 

A Note About Admission Rates

When students sit down with their college counselor and discuss their ideas for where they want to attend college, it can often feel daunting. Just looking at the admission rates can make some feel overwhelmed. For others, it becomes a challenge they focus on overcoming.

In the past several years, admission cycles have seen more admit rates below 10% than ever before. In 1987, for example, Harvard had the lowest admit rate among colleges—16%. Today, schools such as Berkeley and Colgate have a 16% admit rate. 

Overall, the most important point to think about is that having a lower admission rate does not mean the school is the highest quality nor does it mean it is the right fit for every student, even the highest achievers.

“Ultimately it’s not where you go, it’s what you do when you are there. Our students are smart enough to thrive anywhere, but it has to be the right fit and culture,” Honsel says. “There are a lot of great schools out there—from large universities to smaller liberal arts colleges. Our students have access to really everything because they have gone to a great high school.”

His best advice for students: “Approach the process with excitement. There are so many options and so many resources and opportunities out there. Just be open to learning about new places and work hard to find the right college fit.”

 

Online Resources:

The College Board website

Scholarships.com

Fastweb - scholarship resources

Peterson’s College Search Tool

Collegevine College Admissions Calculator

 

Print Resources:

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Edward B. Fiske 

The Best 388 Colleges, Princeton Review 

 

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Introducing New Members of the Board of Trustees

Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 announced and welcomed the new trustees who have joined St. Andrew's Board of Trustees. View the full list of board members here.


Dr. Michael Atalay ’84 P’17 ’19 ’23

Dr. Michael Atalay ’84 P’17,’19,’23 (son of Bulent Atalay ’58, himself a former St. Andrew’s board member) is a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering. Following a medical internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston (where he met and married the daughter of one of his patients) and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he completed his residency and fellowship training in radiology back at Hopkins.

In 2003, Dr. Atalay joined the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Brown University where he specializes in cross-sectional imaging and cardiac MR and CT. He is currently professor of diagnostic imaging and medicine (cardiology), vice-chair of imaging research, director of cardiac MR and CT, and medical director of both the Brown Radiology Human Factors Lab and the Brown Radiology Advanced Imaging Lab. He works closely with trainees at all levels including undergraduates, medical students, radiology residents, and radiology and cardiology fellows, and he annually runs a small group session for second-year medical students in cardiac pathophysiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He regards teaching as one of the great pleasures of academic medicine.

He and his wife Elizabeth have four children and live in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.


Porter Durham

Porter Durham P’13,’25 is managing partner at Global Endowment Management in Charlotte, North Carolina. Durham joined GEM in May 2007.

Previously, he served as staff counsel and director of the Education Division of The Duke Endowment, and was chairman of the Corporate and Securities Department at Baker Donelson law firm. He is currently chair of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors and serves as a trustee of the National Humanities Center, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, the Oxford American Literary Project, and Trinity Episcopal School. He is a former trustee of Johnson C. Smith University. He graduated cum laude from Duke University and Duke University School of Law.


Kate Sidebottom Simpson ’96

Kate Sidebottom Simpson ’96 has worked for over 20 years in investment and endowment management, with specific expertise in private equity and venture capital. She is currently a principal at TrueBridge Capital Partners, where as a member of the investment team, she focuses on due diligence and industry analysis. She also leads the firm’s corporate partnership efforts and co-heads its separately managed account program.

Before joining TrueBridge in 2013, she worked as a director at Parish Capital Advisors and as an investment associate at UNC Management Company, where she helped oversee the endowment’s portfolios in private equity, venture capital, real estate, energy and natural resources, and enhanced fixed income. She has served on numerous investment fund advisory boards.

Simpson currently chairs the Finance and Audit Committee for the Board of Directors of the John Rex Endowment. She previously served as an advisor to Atlas Diligence and has been a member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network and the local chapter of 100 Women in Finance.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the two-time NCAA Championship Women’s Field Hockey Team.

Simpson grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While a student at St. Andrew’s, she played field hockey, basketball, and tennis, was a member of the Concert Choir, and was awarded the Henry Prize. She and her husband, George ’92, live in Raleigh, North Carolina with their two boys, Pierce and Whit.

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Summer Reading Discussions Kick Off the Academic Year

Each spring, St. Andrew’s faculty select a book for the school’s suggested summer reading list. Students are then required to read at least two books of their choosing from the list and come to school prepared to engage in a discussion about each book with the teacher who selected it and fellow students. (This year, all students were also required to read “Pack Your Parachute Well,” a Commencement address given at St. Andrew’s in 2011 by Sarah Atwater Abbott ’99.) Book discussions take place on the first Friday of the academic year, and serve to close out the first week of school by setting aside time and space for informal, but also intellectual, connection and conversation.
 
Click here to view this year’s suggested summer reading list.
 
“Reading a wide range of voices and genres—finding authors and subjects you enjoy—is an important piece of any student’s education,” says Dean of Teaching and Learning Gretchen Hurtt. “Summer break gives students time to pursue their own intellectual interests, and at St. Andrew’s, summer reading also becomes a way for us to connect as a community.”
 
Discussion-based learning is central to St. Andrew’s academic program. The goal of the summer reading program is to give students the opportunity to read or discover books, topics, and ideas they might not be exposed to in class at St. Andrew’s. Then, as the new school year begins, these first-week-of-school “book talks” allow both new and returning students to practice habits of discussion-based learning—listening, dialogue, and critical thinking—in a relaxed setting. What’s more: it gives all members of our community the chance to get to know each other a little bit better! 

“The book talks are another iteration of how we build community—by learning together and having conversations together,” Hurtt says.

Irene duPont Library Director Lisa Myers says she enjoys seeing what students choose to read each year. This year’s list included a variety of nonfiction titles, memoirs, and self-help books; classic novels, graphic novels, and science fiction; and even a cookbook (Everyone's Table by St. Andrew’s alumni Gregory Gourdet ’93).

“The book talks are such a great way for students to meet and talk with teachers they may not have previously had the chance to get to know,” Myers notes.

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Introducing Our 2022-23 New Faculty!

Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 announced and welcomed the new faculty who will join St. Andrew's in the 2022-23 school year. The school is grateful to Emily Pressman, Ana Ramirez, and the many department chairs and faculty members who engaged in the faculty hiring process this year. 


Photo of Adam Bitzer

Adam Bitzer joins St. Andrew’s as a biology teacher. Originally from Massachusetts, he comes to St. Andrew’s from Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of Salve Regina University, where he majored in biology. He holds a master’s in biomedical engineering and biotechnology from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he conducted research exploring the interspecific interactions within microbial soil communities.

After completing his master’s degree, he continued his research and served as an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. In 2019, Adam made the transition to secondary school education, teaching and coaching squash at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, for one year before moving to Miami to teach at Ransom Everglades School. There he taught advanced placement biology, chemistry, and biology. Outside of the classroom, he worked with the school’s young researcher program, served as the inaugural mentor of the synthetic biology team, and coached the middle school baseball team.

Outside of work, Adam likes to spend his time gardening, cooking, and reading. He is excited to be joining the St. Andrew’s community with his fiancée Abigail and their dogs Sage, Theia, and Ciana.


photo of Lizzie Brown ’08

Lizzie Brown ’08 joins St. Andrew’s as director of counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor-associate who supports teens and young adults navigating anxiety, depression, adjustments, and disordered eating. She is also an E-500 hour registered yoga teacher, so she sees healing through a holistic lens of mind, body, and soul. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from William & Mary University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from St. Edward’s University. 

Lizzie is passionate about helping individuals and communities access mental wellness and personal fulfillment. For nearly the past decade, she has been studying and working in wellness and mental health in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Taylor Brown, graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2008 and are thrilled to be returning home to the community.


Neil Cunningham joins St. Andrew’s as athletic director, and brings to the school extensive experience in coaching, teaching, sports management, and athletics strategic planning.

Neil originally hails from the United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and religious studies from Brunel University in London, England, and a master’s degree in sport leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

He previously served as assistant athletic director at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he was also the head coach of the women’s soccer team and the chair of the physical education department. Prior to joining Washington & Lee, Neil was the executive director of the Valley AFC Soccer Club in Roanoke, Virginia, and head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia.


photo of Kate Cusick

Kate Cusick joins St. Andrew’s as an English teacher and head coach of field hockey. She has been teaching English for 10 years, coaching field hockey for 14 years, and she is entering her twentieth year in education. 

Originally from Pennsylvania and most recently teaching and coaching at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, her master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and is pursuing a second master’s degree from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. At Bread Loaf, Cusick has studied critical essay writing, adaptation analysis, and fantasy fiction, and has conducted extensive research on the dynamic between literature and film within the English classroom. 

Along with her passion for language and literature, Kate is a life-long fitness enthusiast; she was a three-sport, four-year high school varsity athlete who went on to play Division 1 field hockey at Boston University. She was selected as All-Conference Tournament First Team, and First Team All-America East. Despite a knee injury her junior year, Cusick finished her collegiate career as a two-time conference champion and among the top record holders for career goals and points in Terrier history. 
 
In addition to reading and spending time with her family, she enjoys baking, hiking, paddle boarding, and gardening.


photo of Wilson Everhart ’95

Wilson Everhart ’95 is returning to St. Andrew’s as a history teacher. Wilson is a member of St. Andrew’s Class of 1995 and served as a faculty member at SAS from 2005 to 2015. Wilson is returning to St. Andrew’s after working for seven years as the head of upper school at The Country School in Easton, Maryland. In Wilson’s first stint at St. Andrew’s, he taught history, coached girls cross-country and crew, served as the director of boys residential life and III Form dean, and was an assistant college counselor.

Wilson majored in history and government at Colby College, where he earned All-New England honors in cross-country, indoor track, and crew. Immediately after college, he taught, coached, and led outdoor trips at the Holderness School in Plymouth, New Hampshire; worked as an instructor for NOLS; and earned a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.

At St. Andrew’s this year, Wilson will once again teach history and serve as head coach of the girls crew program. Wilson is married to a wonderful woman, Sarah, and they have two children, Christian and Campbell, and a dog, Cece. The Everharts will live on Pell Dorm, where Wilson will serve as dorm parent. When not working, Wilson enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, and being outside.


photo of Danica Tisdale Fisher

Danica Tisdale Fisher joins St. Andrew’s as dean of inclusion and belonging. Danica is a native Delawarean who also calls South Carolina home. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Temple University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, respectively. Danica earned her doctorate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century African-American literature, feminist theory, and popular cultural studies.

Danica began her career in nonprofit development and youth programming with the Children’s Defense Fund in Los Angeles, California. After completing her Ph.D., she returned to higher and secondary education with appointments at Claremont McKenna College, Tufts University, Phillips Academy Andover, and the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining St. Andrew’s, Danica served as assistant dean for diversity in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. Her work at Yale included Title IX and discrimination and harrassment coordination; the implementation of recruitment, outreach, and retention initiatives; and driving the integration of inclusive and equitable practices throughout the graduate school. 

Danica will join the St. Andrew’s community with her spouse, Dr. Damany Fisher, and their two children, Asa and Anansa.


photo of Greg Guldin

Greg Guldin joins St. Andrew’s as a chemistry instructor. A New Jersey native, Guldin holds a bachelor’s in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dickinson College and a master’s in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Prior to St. Andrew’s, Greg served as dean of students at The Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and as the dean of V and VI Forms and swimming head coach at Woodberry Forest School in Madison, Virginia. At Woodberry, Mr. Guldin filled a variety of roles during his tenure, including science faculty, dormitory head, aquatic director, VISAA Swimming & Diving Committee president, and faculty sponsor to several student-led clubs and organizations. 

Greg is excited to join the St. Andrew’s community and to return to a residential, student-centered setting. He notes that the warmth and hospitality of everyone he has met so far has been truly remarkable! In his free time he enjoys reading, shooting sport clays and skeet, and going on walks with his dog, Tucker.


photo of Shelby Jackson

Shelby Jackson joins St. Andrew’s as a mental health counselor. Shelby is a native of Delaware who has lived in the state her entire life and currently resides in Middletown.

She attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate and holds two master’s degrees; one in psychology (2019) and one in clinical mental health counseling (2021) from Wilmington University and Capella University, respectively. She is also currently obtaining her Ph.D. in general psychology.

Before arriving at St. Andrew’s, Shelby worked in a variety of counseling settings, including nonprofits, schools, and private practice. She is also versed in equine psychotherapy. In her free time, Shelby enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Shelby is an avid animal lover and has four dogs, two cats, and two horses. She is a firm believer in the saying by Brené Brown, “We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to.”


Photo of Grace Saliba ’12

Grace Saliba ’12 joins St. Andrew’s as assistant director of admission. As a 2016 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Grace earned her bachelor’s in sociology, was a two-time All-American lacrosse player and team captain, and helped lead the Diplomats to two NCAA Final Four appearances.

After graduation from F&M, Grace returned to St. Andrew’s, where she served as assistant dean of students, assistant athletic director, interim co-director of residential life, dorm parent on Pell, and assistant coach of girls cross-country, basketball, and lacrosse. Grace then sought a new challenge as director of high school placement for CitySquash in Brooklyn, New York. For three years, Grace supported students and families in the local and independent high school application process.

Grace is currently pursuing her master’s in counseling at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to her work with the Admission Office, she will again serve as a dorm parent and assistant coach for girls lacrosse. 


photo of Angela Vassallo

Angela Vassallo joins St. Andrew’s as a mental health counselor. She is a native of Delaware, born and raised 30 miles north of campus.

After graduating high school, Angela relocated to Pennsylvania to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish, as well as a master’s degree in clinical counseling, both from University of Scranton. Soon after, she settled back in Delaware, where she completed her second master’s as well as a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Walden University. She is a Nationally Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Vassallo has an array of experiences providing mental health services for all populations, groups, and families across outpatient, private practice, school-based, and community-based practices. She has served as a counselor, educator, supervisor, and consultant. Some of her counseling specialties include anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and adjustment challenges.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking in the kitchen, spending time with her family, or sitting and reading any and every book she can find.


 
Valerie Vitalo

Valerie Vitalo joins St. Andrew’s as a Spanish teacher. She attended William Penn High School here in Delaware, where her captivating Spanish teacher inspired her to pursue language teaching. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Spanish education from the University of Delaware. During her study abroad at the Universidad de Granada in southern Spain, she fell even more in love with the Spanish language and culture.

Valerie began her teaching career at Smyrna High School, where she taught for eight years, covering Spanish levels 2 through AP. Throughout her tenure there, she created an honors program for levels 2 and 3, worked as a new teacher mentor, and was the head of the World Language Department. She left Delaware to move to Boston, where she worked in educational tourism, facilitating group travel to countries all over the world. During that time she accompanied a group of educators to explore several cities in northern Spain. Valerie has spent the last several years raising her young children and is thrilled to be rejoining the world of academics at St. Andrew's.

Valerie lives off campus in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband, Nick, their children, Luca and Mila, and their dog, Dave. Her favorite things to do are cook and go for walks with her family.


photo of Ann Wardwell

Ann Wardwell joins St. Andrew’s as chief advancement officer, and comes to SAS with a wealth of experience in advancement leadership, strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing and communications.

She previously served as the chief advancement officer at Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, China. Prior to joining HKIS, Ann served as chief advancement officer at Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts; director of advancement at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts; and director of development at Choate Rosemary Hall. Earlier in her career, Ann held various fundraising and management positions at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, American Express, and Marriott. 


photo of Kyra Wilson

Kyra Wilson joins St. Andrew’s as a history teaching fellow. She is originally from Sewanee, Tennessee. In May, she graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in Africana studies. Her senior year, she was awarded the Ralph H. Bollard Prize for distinction in early American and United States history. Additionally, she was a Samuel and Hilda Levitt scholar and an F.A.O. Schwarz scholar, both of which supported her senior honors thesis on “Numbers,” a community lottery formed in Harlem, New York. The project specifically addressed adaptations of racial categorization, policing, the perceived use and morality of an illegal enterprise, and the legalization of the state lottery. 

Serving her home state, Wilson has worked with the Roberson Project On Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at the University of the South, and interned with Tennesseans for Historical Justice last summer, where she built an interactive map and primary source database documenting over 1,000 instances of racial violence in the state. She also worked as a teaching assistant and counselor for the National History Academy in 2019. 

At Wellesley, she was very involved in the rugby team and the administration of the club sports program and loves staying active, baking, cooking, and reading.

 

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Danica Tisdale Fisher Named Dean of Inclusion and Belonging

Earlier today, Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 announced to the community that Danica Tisdale Fisher has been appointed as St. Andrew’s dean of inclusion and belonging, effective July 1, 2022. 

As dean of inclusion and belonging, Danica will be responsible for developing diversity and equity objectives for the school, and designing and implementing inclusion and belonging programs for all St. Andreans. This programming will support students in their formation as ethical, engaged citizens; engage employees in work around issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, cultural competency, anti-racism, and anti-bias; and provide our entire community with ​​opportunities for learning, critical thinking, challenging conversations, growth, reflection, and action. In addition, Danica will manage the Leadership and Equity Program for new students; serve as faculty advisor to the Student Diversity Committee; and work with the Advancement Office to create alumni programming.

Danica comes to St. Andrew’s with a wide array of experience and academic accomplishments. She has served in leadership roles at a variety of colleges and independent schools, including Phillips Academy (Andover), University of California, Davis, Tufts University, Claremont McKenna College, and most recently, Yale University, where she currently serves as assistant dean for diversity in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work at Yale includes Title IX and discrimination and harassment coordination; the implementation of recruitment, outreach, and retention initiatives; and driving the integration of inclusive and equitable practices throughout the graduate school. She holds a Ph.D. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Emory University, as well as a master’s in English from Temple University and a bachelor’s in English from Spelman College. 

“From the moment I stepped foot on St. Andrew’s the campus, I knew it was a very special place,” Danica said. “I am honored to join the St. Andrew’s community as dean of inclusion and belonging and am thrilled to align with an institution that has centered access and equity since its founding. I am equally as excited to work with students and colleagues who are deeply committed to advancing inclusive practices and to building and sustaining a culture of belonging.”

“Danica’s contributions to the Yale University community have been many and invaluable toward creating a more inclusive and supportive campus environment,” said Dr. Michelle Nearon, senior associate dean and director of the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity at Yale University. “Her efforts have taken the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity to a higher level of visibility and accessibility. She has an amazing work ethic and promotes a culture of learning that graduate students and her peers respond well to. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her the absolute best in her future endeavors.”

“I’m delighted that Danica and her family will be joining our community. Everyone who met Danica during our search process said that they learned something from her in their conversations. It was clear that she is the educator, leader, and colleague St. Andrew’s needs to lead belonging and inclusion programs in the coming years,” said Head of School Joy McGrath regarding the appointment. 

Danica was identified as St. Andrew’s next dean of inclusion and belonging from a talented field of applicants. She succeeds current Dean of Diversity Education Devin Duprey ’10 in the role; Devin will depart St. Andrew’s at the end of this school year to attend graduate school.

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Math Team Wins State Championship!

After a four-week regular season and a three-week playoff in the state's Ninth Grade Math League, St. Andrew’s defeated the Charter School of Wilmington in the finals to win the Math League State Championship. The team, seen here, went undefeated in head-to head competition this year. 

Delaware’s math league is split into two groups of competition, one for ninth grade students, and one for students in grades 10-12. St. Andrew’s competes in both age groups; this year, the III Form team qualified for the playoffs, while the upperformer team did not. The math league’s regular season is four weeks, and St. Andrew’s competed against a different school each week. In competition, each student on the team has 40 minutes to individually solve a set of eight questions; the team with the most correct work completed in the shortest amount time is the victor. Subject matter in the ninth grade league includes geometry, probability, and algebra.

Having won all their regular season matches, the SAS III Form team qualified for the playoffs along with seven other teams. Each round of the playoffs is single elimination in head-to-head competition against one other school, and SAS won all three of its playoff matches to claim the ninth grade state championship crown on February 22.

“The ninth grade team used the problem-solving skills they’ve been developing in their math classes at St. Andrew’s to creatively attack these challenging problems,” said math team head coach Jon Tower, who is “substitute coaching” the team this year while longstanding head coach Eric Finch is on sabbatical. “Their commitment to the team and enthusiasm for the work made them a great group to take this journey with. They should all be proud of this remarkable accomplishment.”

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