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. I sincerely hope that as you explore these pages you will be enticed to contact us and, when possible, pay us a visit.
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.” We pride ourselves on our outstanding teachers, first-rate facilities, beautiful grounds, and programs that prepare boys to go out in the world and make a difference.
As you will discover, St. Andrew’s is not an ordinary place. We strive to nurture and develop creative boys who can perform above and beyond conventional standards. As a boarding school comprised of 260 students from 30-plus countries and approximately 410 day students, we form an international community of Andreans that flourishes in its diversity. This brotherhood of boys 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 student play, and leading the Pipes & Drums – all within a 24-hour period. And yet we have seen boys achieve the unimaginable, time and time again.
St. Andrew's facilities are second to none. The Not An Ordinary Place Campaign ran for eight years - 2007-2015 - and added $42-million in improvements to our facilities. It was the most successful and ambitious campaign in the College's history. The three phases included: 1) the Yuill Family Athletic Complex with an all-weather synthetic turf field, baseball diamond, and outdoor, six-lane rubber track; 2) the La Brier Family Arena, which houses an NHL-sized ice surface and 6,000 sq. ft. weight training facility; renovated kitchen and servery in Cole Hall; the Wirth Theatre, complete with a thrust stage; and 3) the Centre for Leadership, Innovation & Performance, which focuses on music, business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and engineering.
My wife, Karan, and I feel fortunate to be raising our family in such an extraordinary setting. It’s the place where one of our sons is a graduate from the class of 2018, and the other attends school, where teachers and staff truly care about the students, where alumni stop by to visit their old home and rekindle their 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.
Kevin R. McHenry
Head of School