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St. Andrew's Academy

Oratio • Studium • Labor

TOOLS OF LEARNING

St. Andrew’s graduates know how to learn. The phrase, “The lost tools of learning,” comes from the famous essay by Dorothy Sayers in which she describes the Trivium, which embodies the human learning process as initial formulated by the Ancients as the first three Liberal Arts in the West. Learning is a lifelong calling, and St. Andrew’s students embrace intellectual challenge because these Tools are readily available.

WISDOM OF THE AGES

The lack of historical, literary, and philosophical knowledge inevitably leads to a culture’s demise. St. Andrew’s students spend much time reading and studying that which has gone before giving context to contemporary ideas and issues, and preparing them to be effective leaders.

SERVING GOD

The education at St. Andrew’s Academy is Orthodox Anglican. This does not mean that we only educate Anglican Christians, but rather that we want to be straightforward about the worldview on which we base our institution. Christ says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are. Therefore, whatever a particular student’s beliefs, we call them to accountability to God.

SERVING MAN

The second greatest commandment is “to love your neighbor as yourself.” Spirituality without active concern for those around us is disguised selfishness. As St. James says, “True religion is to look after widows and orphans in their distress.”

VIRTUE & STRENGTH

The highest virtue is charity, unselfish love for others. St. Andrew’s students are challenged to serve not because it is convenient or because it makes one satisfied with his or her own behavior. Opportunities to serve often require sacrifice and must be actively pursued.
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EDUCATION & ENCHANTMENT:
RECOVERING THE LOST LOVE OF LEARNING

Is your child bored by school? To what extent are children’s imaginations being engaged by going to school. If you ask the children, it’s not …

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COMMON CORE MISSES THE MARK

Mr. Martin Cothran was interviewed by David Kern of the Circe Institute regarding the Common Core State Standards Initiative in American Education, known as “Common …

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SETTING A CHILD UP FOR SUCCESS

When a baby’s physical growth is stunted, it is considered a tragedy. The aim of parenting is not to prolong childhood, but to encourage maturity. …

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STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

“American farmers are the only farmers who can read Homer.“ – Thomas Jefferson While Thomas Jefferson boasted of the education of the commoners of his …

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A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION

Recently, while I was touring a certain University with some of our students, the tour guide mentioned, “When I first came to this University, I …

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE LIFT OFF

Space exploration is back in the news. On August 22, SpaceX’s Falcon 9-R exploded moments after lift off. On October 31, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo …

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HISTORY

          St. Andrew’s Academy is a private, preparatory  micro-school in a beautiful rural area of Northern California. We are community-oriented and worship-centered, bookending the day at school with the traditional services of Morning and Evening Prayer, and offering students opportunities to board with dedicated St. Andrew’s staff families in walking distance to our campus.

          We were founded in the Fall of 1999 by a small group of educators and families concerned about the state of contemporary education.  They envisioned a school that would seek to train, not just the minds, but also the heart and souls of young men and women in knowledge and wisdom.  Our first graduate was handed her diploma in 2003.

          The Academy moved to the town of Chester, on the shores of Lake Almanor, in 2011.  Expansion of the campus is underway; the chapel and grass feild  was purchased in 2015, and student/staff housing purchases have been ongoing. We don’t believe that size is the only measure of an institution, and so we persevere in our calling to train the next generation of leaders in our country.

          In 2008, St. Andrew’s began her boarding program.  The reasons for moving into boarding are twofold:  economically, the rural area where St. Andrew’s is located will not be able to support the school in the long-term, and missionally, the school desires to have a wide-spread influence on education and society so she must recruit students from a widespread region.

 

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