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Sewanee, Tennessee, USA
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 RoadSewanee, Tennessee, USA
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Posted on October 10, 2015
On Saturday, October 10, the SAS Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Karl J. Sjolund to be the next permanent Head of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. His tenure will begin on July 1, 2016.
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: 14
Full Time Teachers: 36
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 51.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Academic Schedule: Semester
Notable Achievements: 2 National Merit Commended Scholar , TN Governor's Schools - 6 Invitations, National Spanish Exam - 11 Medal Winners
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 for a loving pat.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 hot cocoa with friends. The basketball court and the firepit (home to many all-campus bonfires) are just outside the Union. 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. #youbelonghere
Department Director: Allison Paterson
Number of Dorms: 7
Average Students Per Dorm: 10
No. of Girls Dorms: 3
No. of Boys Dorms: 4
Dress Code: Casual
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 ‘11Boarding 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.
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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
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.A full matriculation list is available on the school's website.
Department Director: Christine Asmussen
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
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
“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.
June 11, 2016 to June 25, 2016
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, 2016
Financial Aid Available: Yes
June 01, 2016 to July 10, 2016
SAS Summer includes various outdoor and sports camps for students in grades 1-12.
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2016
Financial Aid Available: No
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