Fire, Evacuations, Infections, Eviction: Mission Onward

God spared Chester—surrounded on all sides by the Dixie fire. Our church building had fire retardant on it, but no damage. Nearby communities did sustain damage, and some were destroyed—four St. Andrew's parishioners lost their homes. We were faced with the prospect of leaving the school building we’ve rented for a decade even before the fire. We returned from the evacuation, sick with an eviction notice. But God is good! We’ve been able to remodel and repurpose a nearby vacant restaurant for now, and have been blessed to be able to rent four schoolrooms from the nearby Wesleyan church. Please click the title or image to find out more, and how you can help!

"The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful"

We believe the old, proven sources and ways of learning have always done a better job of preparing students for the future than what passes for education in so many of today’s conventional schools.

Sadly, chances are your kid’s local school is modeled on a largely failed, modern industrial approach to learning optimized for cheap labor, not human thriving.

Our students see the world more clearly not because they are smarter but because they stand atop the shoulders of giants.  

Give your child a life-changing education.  It’s more affordable than you think.

As a traditional Anglican community (see affiliation), we make sure the framework of our life and learning together is grounded in daily prayer and worship.  

Our students come from all kinds of homes with different faith backgrounds, but all join in our daily office of sung morning and evening prayer.

This daily rhythm ensures our attitudes and strivings are rightly oriented toward the greater glory of our Creator.

"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
C. S. Lewis
"The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world."
G.K. Chesterton

We believe in whole-child preparation for the real world.

Our children are not brains in a jar.  They are whole people with active bodies, minds, character, and souls.

St. Andrew’s Academy knows that students learn differently and at different speeds.  One of the many advantages of a smaller school is that each child gets the love and attention that best promotes learning and a sense of ability.

Don’t send your child to a learning laboratory or a degree mill.  Let them grow up into the whole person that God intended them to be.

Beauty has it’s own quiet way of inspiring natural curiosity and devotion to the truth; it encourages the mind forward.

St. Andrew’s Academy, located on Lake Almanor in the Northern California mountains is surrounded by natural beauty as far as the eye can see.

But, our experience of beauty doesn’t stop there. 

Our students learn about the “beauty of holiness” found in traditional worship and in our embrace of the arts and the greatest expressions from the past.

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

Travel, in addition to being enjoyable, has great value in education because it expands the mind and sensibilities as few other things can.

Students at St. Andrew’s take a very affordable international trip every two to three years to countries like Italy, England, Germany, and France, and in the off years, travel within the US.

We also take a spring trip to nearby San Francisco and other must-see Northern California destinations.

On these trips, St. Andrew’s Academy students not only learn about history, art, and culture; they learn about themselves and the wider world of possibilities which awaits them.

Classroom learning is but one way a child grows and gains wisdom.

St. Andrew’s Academy believes all students benefit from participation in physical activity, whether it be with the school’s winning fencing team, hiking club, running, or simply by helping shovel snow in the winter.

The Lake Almanor area itself provides a vigorous environment and high altitude living that strengthens the blood and fills the lungs with fresh mountain air.

There are activities for every type of student at St. Andrew’s.

"Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas."
Maria Montessori
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