St. Andrew’s Academy
A Boarding Opportunity
Why St. Andrew’s?
Our students pray together every day, sing together, study together, work together, and play together. They are challenged to think clearly, speak persuasively, and love passionately. Each school day begins with praying and praising God in song, and ends with the same. Worship is the most important thing we do, and academic pursuits find their meaning only within service to God.
Our academics are undertaken with seriousness and determination, and our standards are high. We find that our students thrive in this environment, and have energy and satisfaction with their work. Our classes are small, so students receive close attention.
We are shaped by what we love, however, as much as by what we know. Spiritual formation—the right ordering of our loves—is the larger goal in which academics plays an essential part. A student whose mind is filled with facts, but is unable to answer the questions, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is life about?” has not been given a real education. Pursuing the good life is more than just an academic exercise; we want our students formed by the words, thoughts, prayers and examples of history—or, as Matthew Arnold said, by “the best that has been said and thought in the world”—rather than by the media and the soul-destroying ethos of today’s culture. Academics, worship, community living: these all play a part in seeking and living the good life, which is our pursuit at St. Andrew’s Academy.
Our culture has lost much. Our heritage has been slowly squandered, attacked, and ignored for generations, and will take much work to repair. The church, too, is in desperate need of young people who are thoughtful, passionate, and articulate. The world is often wiser concerning its young people than the church is, and acts strategically concerning their teaching and formation. Messages from the movies to the marketplace all scream at our youth that they are their own masters, that their desires are all that matter, and that the soul is irrelevant.
The church must be wiser than the world. Our young people must learn to push back against the culture as hard as the culture pushes against them. The kingdom of God cannot wait. Our young people cannot wait.
We encourage parents and students to commit these things to prayer, and consider this opportunity for real education and rigorous training. Consider attending St. Andrew’s Academy.
Until St. Andrew’s builds permanent dormitory buildings, boarding students live with families in the community, in the manner of many foreign exchange programs, most often with school staff at their places of residence.
Boarding students start the year a bit earlier than non-boarders, with a short Trinity Term to build language and writing skills in anticipation of the year, and take care of any required classes they may have missed. Of course, it is also a great time to get to know one another and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Lake Almanor, where the school resides. Trinity Term generally begins mid- to late-August.
Once the year begins, what is it like for a boarding student? They attend classes for a good part of each school day, as in a day school. They participate in study halls during the week where faculty are available for extra help. Some weekends have hiking, snowshoeing, lake excursions, or other field trips. They get to know and become part of their host families. In addition, Sunday attendance at the collegiate Church is a requirement for boarding students.