St. Andrew's-Sewanee provides our son with just the right balance of structure and support. When I returned to campus for our first Family Weekend, I asked him, 'Are you happy?' He looked at me like I was nuts. 'Of course, I'm happy. What is there not to be happy about?' That's just what I wanted to hear. ~ Dr. Peter Panzarino, parent
Choosing a school is a difficult decision. Not only will your school choice determine your child's education and their friendships, private education will likely be one of your most expensive purchases. At SAS, we want you to be as well informed as possible as you make this decision. In addition to the information we have assembled throughout our website, here are parents' Frequently Asked Questions.
SAS offers a variety of weekend activities throughout the year, including: games, tournaments, dances, movies, and cooking on campus and trips to shopping, concerts, museums, sporting events, and restaurants in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. The Mountain offers opportunities for caving, canoeing. and camping trips. It is common for day students to participate in weekend activities with boarders, especially off-the-Mountain trips.
There is a strong bond between day and boarding students. Often, boarders spend an evening or a weekend off-campus with day friends and their families, and day students frequently get together with boarders in the houses on campus. The school's Mountain Family program gives every boarder an adoptive family in the area, and they are invited over for special dinners during the school year.
Boarders may spend the weekend off campus once permission is granted from their parents. “Closed Weekends" – where boarders are required to stay on campus, occur only once or twice each semester.
No. Our dress code requires students to be neat and clean during the academic day and stipulates some items which are not allowed for reasons of modesty, practicality, or good taste. Because we stress active involvement in class -- students are often out in the woods, sitting in groups on the floor, wading in ponds, etc. -- students need to wear clothes that are suitable for such activities. There are school events which require “formal dress" (dresses, ties, etc.) such as formal chapels and ceremonies.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee has helped many students make the successful transition from homeschooling or unschooling to high school and on to college. Homeschoolers feel right at home with our small community, small residence halls, and personal attention. Unschoolers appreciate our emphasis on personal responsibility and the freedom to explore individual interests. A few years at SAS may be just the right option for your children as they seek to build a portfolio for college admissions that includes objective measures of their learning and abilities and provides skills for moving into a more independent period in their lives.
Stereos, radios, and computers are permitted. Music should be played at an appropriate volume that doesn't disturb others in the house. Earphones are encouraged.
Van runs to town are scheduled throughout the week, with stops at convenience stores, the local grocery and fast-food venues. Trips to larger stores are scheduled for the weekends.
With some restrictions, senior and junior boarders may keep a car on campus for the purpose of driving home for vacation. Additional privileges are dependent on the student's academic standing.
Generally students may not keep pets in the houses. With special permission from the House Head, a fish or small caged pet is allowed. However, there are many opportunities to bond with the animals that belong to our campus families including the many campus dogs.