St. Andrew’s School
A private Episcopal college preparatory boarding high school (standrews-de.org)
Opened as a boys’ boarding school with a decisively Christian character in 1929 by A. Felix du Pont, St. Andrew’s became coeducational in 1973.
The school aims to cultivate “a deep and lasting desire for learning; a willingness to ask questions and pursue skeptical, independent inquiry; and an appreciation of the liberal arts as a source of wisdom, perspective and hope,” in order for its graduates to live meaningful lives with a commitment to justice and peace, and a balance between contributing to the community and developing as leaders and individuals.
Numbers of its small graduating classes regularly matriculate to competitive universities like Dartmouth, Duke, Boston, Columbia, Georgetown, Princeton, Tufts and Yale.
Alumni have gone on to become the Director of National Intelligence, professional basketball player, U.S. ambassadors, CNN talk show host of “OutFront,” writers for Life Magazine and The New Yorker, and Olympic Gold Medalist for Canada. The school admits students irrespective of religious background or socioeconomic status.
Almost half of the student body receives financial assistance. The average award pays for almost 80 percent of the annual boarding school bill.
Did you know: The film “Dead Poets Society” starring Robin Williams was filmed on the 2,200-acre school grounds.