St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

Sewanee, Tennessee, USA view map
Co-Ed, Episcopal

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Rigorous college preparation, an award-winning arts program, the opportunity to enroll in college courses, family-like residential houses, and exciting outdoor adventure await you. Chinese, environmental science, and mountain biking are a few of the programs offered on a beautiful 550-acre campus.

290 Quintard Road, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA 37375

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Director of Admission: Anne Chenoweth
Admissions Phone:931-598-5651Fax:931-914-1224
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  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $75
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1868
  • Campus Size: 550 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-12th
  • Accredited by: SACS
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 6th-12th
Girls     33 99 132
Boys     44 80 124
Total     77 179 256

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $42,450
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $17,340
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 42.00%
  • Average Awarded: $13,386
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 4.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $28,910
  • Current Endowment: $11,994,444
  • Per Student Endowment: $46,657

Summary: St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is committed to providing students the fundamentals necessary for lifelong success. Students are taught to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and to meet academic challenges via multidisciplinary and hands-on teaching styles. SAS helps students gain a level of self-reliance that allows them the confidence to care for others and their environment. The school prepares students for the demands of college and life through a rigorous academic program that focuses on critical thinking and advanced writing. Realizing the value of a core curriculum, SAS emphasizes English, history, mathematics, science, foreign language, and the arts. Classes are focused on active learning with teachers facilitating as students seek answers to complex questions. Our block scheduling means that classes are long enough for meaningful learning. In 90 minutes, students can trek into the woods to monitor pond life, perform a play or have a full debate. Basic requirements for graduation include four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of history, two years of a single foreign language at the high school level, physical science, biology, chemistry, one year of the arts, Introduction to Religion, and Life Issues. Traditionally, students go well beyond fulfilling minimum requirements and partake in electives, including Environmental Science, Geology, History of Western Philosophy, A History of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Theater, and a multitude of independent advanced-study opportunities. Science at SAS is lab and field based allowing students to experience science rather than merely study its theories. In the arts, students have opportunities to take advanced courses in all disciplines. Art, music, and theater may be taken for academic credit.

Department Director: Kelley Black

Average Class Size: 15

Full Time Teachers: 30

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 56.40%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Notable Achievements: 2 National Merit Scholars, 1 Commended Scholar , TN Governor's Schools - 6 Invitations, National Spanish Exam - 11 Medal Winners

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Opportunity to take college courses for credit.
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Tutoring hours built into school day.
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Juniors and Seniors choose from multiple courses.
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Environmental History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • The Bible
  • Ethics
  • Faith
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Theology
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Strangers in a Common Land
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Microbiology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Field-based Studies, Access to College Courses
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Multimedia
  • Web Design
  • Arduino
  • Choral Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
  • Radio Broadcasting
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Screen-printing
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Silkscreen
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
  • Faculty-led trips to China, Italy, and England
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • College course enrollment
    Diverse English Offerings
    Sense of Place Seminar
    Learning Resources Center
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science AB
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • German Language
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • US Government & Politics
  • Human Geography
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
  • SAS & college courses in preparation for AP exams

Summary: St. Andrew's-Sewanee prides itself on being not just a school but also a community. Long gone are the days when the town of St. Andrew's, as it was called, had its own zip code and post office, but there's still a small town feel to the campus. Residential faculty and their families attend meals in the dining hall. Students who are interested can count on babysitting jobs. The school's many dogs wander campus hoping to find a forgotten ice cream cone. It's a closeness you can feel from the moment you arrive. On a warm day, students gather in the Adirondack chairs in the main quad to strum guitars or share stories. The picnic tables fill with students bringing their lunch outside to enjoy the breeze under the trees. When the Sewanee fog rolls in, the social scene moves to the Student Union where weekend nights mean a movie and some hot cocoa with friends. The beach volleyball court and the firepit (home to many all-campus bonfires) are just outside the Union. Stop by the library on an afternoon and you will find a friendly game of chess or someone eager to show you the latest website they've found. Students, faculty and staff members weave in and out of one another's lives. Learning and discovery exceed the bounds of the school day and week. St. Andrew's-Sewanee is a community bound together by respect for one another and delight in knowledge. It's a place we think you'll like to call your second home.

Department Director: Allison Paterson

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 6

Average Students Per Dorm: 14

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Study Room 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: "SAS is a school where everyone has fun. Whether it is studying outside with friends, or chatting in the Student Union, fun memories are made every day." Jay Faires ‘14 “The things I learned and the fun things I was able to do outdoors and with knowledge and interested people is something I will always remember about SAS.” Jessica Honiker ‘11 “SAS is my second home not just my high school.” Ju Hun Lee ‘11 Boarding students live in small residences with 12-15 students and a faculty family. All houses include a common room, study room, free laundry facilities, and have wifi.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Sand volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Radio Station, Bouldering, University access

Clubs and Organizations

  • Animal Rights Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • FCA
  • Food Council
  • Gardening
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Outing Club
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Scouting
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Student Activities Committee

Summary: Get off the bench and out of the audience. At SAS arts and athletics are an integral part of education. Dedicated teachers and coaches and the world’s most appreciative fans set the stage for creativity, passion, and determination on the field, in the studio, and in the theater.

Arts Department Director: Robie Jackson

Athletics Department Director: Rob Zeitler

Notable Achievements: Tennessee Theatre Teacher of the Year, Girls' Soccer 4-Year America Academic Award, Two Academic All-America Swimmers

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Bell Choir,Dance Team, University Orchestra
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Weight Lifting
  • Bouldering

Summary: SAS strives to place students at colleges that are appropriate for their interests and needs. The full-time College Counselor works closely with students and parents beginning in the middle of the junior year. More than forty colleges and universities visit the campus each year.

Department Director: Christine Asmussen

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 95.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of the South 15 graduates
Middle Tennessee State University 13 graduates
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 10 graduates
Tennessee Tech University 7 graduates
Emory University 5 graduates
University of Tennessee - Knoxville 5 graduates
University of Alabama 5 graduates
University of Illinois - Urbana 4 graduates
Auburn University 3 graduates
Eckerd College 3 graduates
Georgia Institute of Technology 3 graduates
Hampden-Sydney 3 graduates
Indiana University 3 graduates
Syracuse University 3 graduates
Boston University 2 graduates
Middlebury Colleg 2 graduates
Mount Holyoke 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 450 660
Mathematics 470 610
Writing 460 600

Notable Alumni

James Agee (Class of '27) Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic

Stuart Margolin (Class of '58) Film and television actor and director

Kix Brooks (Class of '73) Country music singer-songwriter of the multi-award winning duo Brooks & Dunn

Elisabeth Röhm (Class of '91) Television actress with major roles on Law & Order and Angel

Stephen Alvarez (Class of '83) Photojournalist and National Geographic photographer

Sean Bridgers (Class of '86) Actor, writer, producer and director

Saxby Chambliss (Class of '62) U.S. Senator

Robin Hemley (Class of '76) Author

George Garrett (Class of '46) American poet and novelist, former poet laureate of Virginia

William Glenn (Class of '32) Cardiac surgeon who co-created an early version of an artificial heart

Quotes from Alumni

“The more I talk to my classmates at college, the more I realize I went to high school in heaven.”

-Ben Miller, Class of '06, Yale University '10


“The boarding experience at SAS gives you the opportunity to live independently before most people would say you’re ready. The fact is, you are ready, and the opportunity is all you need.”

-Michael Barker, Class of '98, Carleton College '02, Yale MFA/MBA candidate


“SAS exposed me to a global, supportive community where I was allowed to explore my academic and leisure talents, and I became proud of my achievements because they were truly my own.”

-Relebohile “Lebo” Phoofolo , Class of '07, Mount Holyoke College '11



Summary: St. Andrew's-Sewanee School currently runs several day sports and arts camps and Shakerag Workshops, a residential arts camp for adults.

Shakerag Workshops

June 08, 2014 to June 21, 2014

Shakerag Workshops welcomes 50-65 participants for small class/studio immersion. Beginners to professionals ranging in age from 19-89 enjoy the relaxation afforded by being away from the daily concerns of one's life.

Registration Deadline: May 01, 2014
Tuition: $810
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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SAS Summer

June 01, 2014 to July 15, 2014

SAS Summer includes various outdoor and sports camps for students in grades 1-12.

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2014
Financial Aid Available:  No
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