Head of school’s welcome

Welcome to St. Andrew’s College! It gives me great pleasure, as Head of School, to introduce you to all this great school has to offer. As you explore these pages, I sincerely hope you see why we say you get “everything and more” at St. Andrew’s.

At SAC, we pride ourselves on our outstanding teachers, first-rate facilities, beautiful grounds, and programs that prepare students to go out in the world and make a difference.

As you will discover, St. Andrew’s is not an ordinary place. We nurture and develop creative students who perform above and beyond conventional standards. As a boarding school comprising 260 students from 25-plus countries and approximately 400 day students, we form an international community of Andreans that flourishes in diversity. This brotherhood believes in and supports one another in a community that believes in and supports them.

Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to become the best they can be academically, artistically, and athletically. Robust academic programming is guided by four areas of focus: boy-friendly instructional strategies, collaboration and teamwork, the development of critical-thinking skills, and the promotion of a growth mindset. Academics are balanced with a broad variety of co-curricular activities, leadership opportunities, educational trips, and weekend programs.

A student who arrives on campus in Grade 5 can’t even begin to envision his inner potential, but he will certainly discover it during his time here. He could never imagine that he might be capable of scoring the winning try in a rugby game, performing on stage in a play, and leading the Pipes & Drums – all within a 24-hour period. And yet, we have seen our students achieve the unimaginable time and time again.

St. Andrew’s facilities are second to none. From the Yuill Family Athletic Complex with an all-weather synthetic turf field, baseball diamond, and outdoor, six-lane rubber track to the La Brier Family Arena, which houses an NHL-sized ice surface and 6,000-square-foot weight-training facility, and the Bedard Athletic Complex with six squash courts, pool, and double gymnasium, we’ve got everything a student-athlete could ever dream of. If your son thrives in the arts, our Wirth Theatre competes with the best of Stratford, the Robert ’64 & Jilla Williams Band Room is acoustically perfect, and the Wirth Arts Studio, complete with pottery room, sees masterpieces come to life. If you are a business-savvy student, St. Andrew’s offers specialty business, entrepreneurship, and leadership courses and co-curricular activities. Our most recent renovation to McLaughlin Hall provided us with state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering facilities and houses a two-storey makerspace.

St. Andrew’s has been educating young men since 1899, and true to our mission statement, we are “dedicated to developing the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.” In an increasingly diverse and interconnected world where traditional masculine ideology is being redefined, we’ve created a unique and revolutionary partnership in the opening of St. Anne’s School. Students traverse both campuses, participating in each other’s clubs, arts, and social activities, gaining cultural literacy and elasticity of outlook, and making lifelong friendships along the way.

St. Anne’s and St. Andrew’s are distinct schools with unique missions. St. Andrew’s is south of St. John’s Sideroad, while St. Anne’s is to the north. Our partnership inspires new perspectives, giving students from both campuses the best of both worlds.

My wife, Karan, and I feel fortunate to have raised our family in such an extraordinary setting. It’s the place where both of our sons are graduates, where our daughter has thrived in the dramatic arts, where teachers and staff truly care about the students, where alums stop by to visit their old home and rekindle memories, and where parents are always welcome.

I invite you to visit us soon by booking a tour through our Admission Office, or, if distance prohibits, take a virtual tour of our campus and facilities. I promise our videos will show you just how much more a St. Andrew’s education provides.

Kevin R. McHenry
Head of School
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