Oratio • Studium • Labor
“A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.”
— C.S. Lewis
A Letter from the Head of the College –
Greetings and Welcome to St. Andrew’s College, built upon over two decades of experience delivering a rigorous, classical education to young adults. At St. Andrew’s, we purpose to engage our students in a transformational education and a deep and spiritual formation in the oldest tradition of English speaking Christianity.
We are serious about our faith, serious about our students, and serious about the great conversation—discussing the ideas and questions of meaning that have been around as long as we can see in history. Our students will not just graduate with an accredited degree in the Liberal Arts, they will graduate with an ability to think deeply, analyze critically, work with their hands practically, and engage the world with humility and respect.
Two hundred fifty years ago, Thomas Jefferson said of America, that “Ours are the only farmers who can read Homer.” Fifty years ago, C. S. Lewis, speaking of the Western world, said, “We have lived to see the second death of ancient learning…. If one were looking for a man who could not read Virgil though his father could, he might be found more easily in the twentieth century than the fifth.”
We aim to reverse that trend, at least among the few who have the courage, the temerity, and the tenacity to engage themselves in the fight for civilization and to push back against the gods of this modern age.
We invite you to a dangerous education, to sail the waters which are marked on the map: “Here Be Dragons.”
The Rev’d Father Brian Foos
St. Andrew’s College’s home is in the little mountain logging (and before that, ranching) town of Chester, nestled at the foot of Mt. Lassen (a gem of a national park) and on the shores of Lake Almanor. The area is pristine timber country will miles and miles of hiking trails and gorgeous views. Biking, hiking, strolling through this countryside is exhilarating and calming both. The Lake offers water-sports of every kind, and the college has three school sailboats and a ski boat. Smaller watercraft are available for rent on the lake. The elevation of the lake is 4500 ft., and it is a true four season location, with beautiful fall foliage, especially around the St. Andrew’s campus. Snow is a reality in the winter, and students often snow ski on a nearby ski hill in January and February.
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