Why Boarding School?
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) commissioned a study comparing boarding school experiences to both public and private day school experiences.
- Boarding students report being surrounded by motivated peers more than do students of private day and public school.
- Boarding students say that their boarding experience helped them build self-discipline, independence and maturity.
- More boarding students report that their school is academically challenging than do students of either public or private day schools.
- They spend more time on homework per week than do their private day- and public-school counterparts.
- They also spend more time with teachers, faculty and coaches, and less time watching television.
- Graduates report being “very well prepared academically” at rates higher than students public and private day schools.
- All in all, 95% of boarding students surveyed reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their educational experience
Why Board at 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.
Is Boarding School Right For My Child?
Our culture has lost much. Our heritage has been slowly squandered, attacked, and ignored for generations, and it 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.
How Much Does Boarding School Cost?
According to boardingschool.com, the average cost of boarding schools in America is around $55,000!
St. Andrew’s Academy is not a business; it is a ministry, and you’ll find we are committed to providing the very best education to your child.
This means our tuition and boarding is much more affordable than so many of the options out there.
The Opportunity of a Lifetime for your Student
We have a lot to offer here. We want to ensure the right students and families get to attend, not just the wealthy ones. Please talk to us about Financial Aid and other financing options, so your child doesn’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime.
Boarding School Life at St. Andrew’s
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.