St. Andrew offers a private school cooperative prayer clinic for student from Kindergarten through 12th grades. The school year begins at the beginning of September and continues through the beginning of August.
Students receive clear instruction and learn to pay attention. They are well behaved, which creates a calm environment for learning the basics.
School uniforms help students understand themselves as part of a community. We also make sure each student has ample opportunities to express their individual gifts through the instructional process.
Membership with ACSI - Association of Christian Schools International
SATU Goals and Objectives
1. College- and Career-Ready Students
2. Raising standards for all students. SATU will set a clear goal: Every student should graduate from high school ready for college and a career, regardless of their income, race, ethnic or language background, or disability status. Following the lead of the nation's governors, we're calling on all states to develop and adopt standards in English language arts and mathematics that build toward college- and career-readiness by the time students graduate from high school.
3. Better assessments. SATU will support the development and use of a new generation of assessments that are aligned with college- and career-ready standards, to better determine whether students have acquired the skills they need for success. New assessment systems will better capture higher-order skills, provide more accurate measures of student growth, and better inform classroom instruction to respond to academic needs.
4. A complete education. Students need a well-rounded education to contribute as citizens in our democracy and to thrive in a global economy—from literacy to mathematics, science, and technology to history, civics, foreign languages, the arts, financial literacy, and other subjects. SATU will support its teachers in implementing a more complete education through improved professional development and evidence-based instructional models and supports.
5. Great Teachers and Leaders at SATU
6. Effective teachers and principals. SATU will elevate the teaching profession to focus on recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding excellence. We are calling on SATU to develop and implement systems of teacher and principal evaluation and support, and to identify effective and highly effective teachers and principals on the basis of student growth and other factors. These systems will inform professional development and help teachers and principals improve student learning. In addition, a new program will support ambitious efforts to recruit, place, reward, retain, and promote effective teachers and principals and enhance the profession of teaching.
7. Our best teachers and leaders where they are needed most. Our main focus is on improving the effectiveness of teachers and leaders in high-need schools. SATU will track equitable access to effective teachers and principals, and where needed, take steps to improve access to effective educators for students in high-poverty, high-minority schools.
8. Strengthening teacher and leader preparation and recruitment. We need more effective pathways and practices for preparing, placing, and supporting beginning teachers and principals in high-need schools. SATU will monitor the effectiveness of the traditional and alternative preparation programs, and we will invest in programs whose graduates are succeeding in the classroom, based on student growth and other factors.
9. Equity and Opportunity for All Students
10. Rigorous and fair accountability for all levels. All students will be included in an accountability system that builds on college- and career-ready standards, rewards progress and success, and requires rigorous interventions in the lowest-performing schools. All staff will be aiming to do their part to help us reach that ambitious goal.
11. SATU will support the lowest-performing schools areas that have not made progress over time. To ensure that responsibility for improving student outcomes no longer falls solely at the door of schools, we will also promote accountability for communities that are not providing their schools, principals, and teachers with the support they need to succeed.
12. Meeting the needs of diverse learners. SATU must support all students, including by providing appropriate instruction and access to a challenging curriculum along with additional supports and attention where needed. From English Learners and students with disabilities to Native American students, homeless students, migrant students, rural students, and neglected or delinquent students, our proposal will continue to support and strengthen programs for these students and ensure that schools are helping them meet college- and career-ready standards.
13. Greater equity. To give every student a fair chance to succeed, and give principals and teachers the resources to support student success, SATU will take steps to ensure equity, by such means as moving toward comparability in resources between high- and low-poverty schools.
14. Raise the Bar and Reward Excellence
15. Fostering a Race to the Top. Race to the Top has provided incentives for excellence by encouraging state and local leaders to work together on ambitious reforms, make tough choices, and develop comprehensive plans that change policies and practices to improve outcomes for students.
16. Supporting effective private school. SATU will support the expansion of this high-performing private school, and support local communities as they expand private school choice options for students.
17. Promoting a culture of college readiness and success. Access to a challenging high school curriculum has a greater impact on whether a student will earn a 4-year college degree than his or her high school test scores, class rank, or grades. SATU will increase access to college-level, dual credit, and other accelerated courses in high-need schools and support college-going strategies and models that will help students succeed.
18. Promote Innovation and Continuous Improvement
19. Fostering innovation and accelerating success. The Investing in Innovation Fund will support SATU as we develop and scale up programs that have demonstrated success, and discover the next generation of innovative solutions.
20. Supporting, recognizing, and rewarding local innovations. Our proposal will encourage and support SATU's innovation by creating fewer, larger, more flexible funding streams around areas integral to student success, giving SATU flexibility to focus on students needs. New competitive funding streams will provide greater flexibility, reward results, and ensure that federal funds are used wisely. At the same time, fewer restrictions will be placed on blending funds from different categories with less red tape.
21. Supporting student success. Tackling persistent achievement gaps requires public agencies, community organizations, and families to share responsibility for improving outcomes for students. We will prioritize programs that include a comprehensive redesign of the school day, week, or year, that promote schools as the center of their communities, or that partner with community organizations. Our proposal will invest in new models that keep students safe, supported, and healthy both in and out of school, and that support strategies to better engage families and community members in their children's education.