PO Box 3050, 159 Main St.
Chester/Lake Almanor, CA 96020
St. Andrew's Academy is a small and classical boarding/day school in the mountains of Northern California; a college prep community of everyday students living and working and playing and praying together. St. Andrew's trains tomorrow's leaders in truth, goodness, and beauty, preparing them for a challenging and bright future.
Who might be interested in being a St. Andrew's Student? 1) Anyone who wants the attention a small school can give; 2) Anyone willing to improve their work, play, hopes, and skills; 3) Anyone wanting to prepare for their life's calling and further education with academic excellence, virtuous character, and active mentoring.
A classical education (the historic norm of the western world) is available to all who are willing to work for it! Giftednes is wonderful, but accompanied by discipline, diligence, honor, respect, and the arts, it flourishes for a lifetime!.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 5-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 16 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $39,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $13,000
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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Top Rankings

St. Andrew's Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 298 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
St. Andrew's Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
5-12, PG
5-12
Grades Offered (Day)
Pre-K-12, PG
Pre-K-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1999
1906

Student Body

Enrollment
16 students
310 students
% Students of Color
10%
25%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
20%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Bi-Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
5 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
6
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
40%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$39,600
(Includes books & fees; not major travel)
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$13,000
$33,900
Tuition international students
$46,300
$55,000
% Students on Financial Aid
80%
40%
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Mikala Jensen
Associate Director of Admissions
Father Brian Foos

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
6
17
Courses
Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Classical Rhetoric, Great Books History--Ancient, Great Books History--Early Modern, Great Books History--Medieval, Great Books History--Modern, Great Books Literature--Anglo-Saxon Poetry & Beowulf; Medieval Romance, Great Books Literature--Classical Greek & Roman, Great Books Literature--Shakespeare & Renaissance Lit., Great Books Literature--The Modern Era, Philosophy--Classical, Philosophy--Contemporary Philosophical Issues, Philosophy--Intro. to Philosophy, Senior Thesis

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
1
16
Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
8
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
"Foodies" Club, Instrumental Practice

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drama Club, Travel

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Sailing, Snow Skiing/Snowboarding, Water Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2003 - 2017
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hillsdale College
4
California State Universities
3
Grove City College
1
Moody Bible Institute
1
New St. Andrew's College
1
Simpson University
1
Templeton Honors College, Eastern University
1
University of Dallas
1
Villanova University
1

School Notes

     
  • "Despite its small size and modest appointments, at St. Andrew`s Academy the three goals of an excellent school-spiritual formation, character development, and intellectual preparation-are given serious attention. It is the antidote to most of the weaknesses affecting education in America.  I have confidence that this is a community with its philosophy and priorities straight.  I don`t know of a school in the world that`s doing what they`re doing." David John Seel, PhD
 
  • All regular classes at St. Andrew's Academy are honors level classes, and students are trained in formal logic, rhetoric, Latin, Greek, and a great books curriculum for History and Literature.
 
  • "Attending St. Andrew`s was the single most formative experience of my teenage years, and the time I spent there continues to enrich and direct my life years later as I do graduate level study and teach at a school similar to St. Andrew's. St. Andrew`s taught me above all things self-discipline and respect. My teachers always treated me like an adult. They always respected my ideas, even when I disagreed with them; they taught me how to be a student, how to teach myself for the rest of my life. I`m thankful for the vision of responsible and thoughtful maturity my teachers gave me."Serena HoweSt. Andrew`s Academy AlumnaHillsdale College AlumnaGraduate Student at University of Dallas
 
  • The St. Andrew`s Academy Choir has toured all over America, and performed in Canada, Italy, Britain, and most recently in Germany.
 
  • "Studying at St. Andrew`s Academy provided me with a foundational education unlike any other available to me. The emphasis there on a classical education has helped me to stand out amongst my peers. St. Andrew`s academy not only prepared me for college, it also prepared me for a mature life away from home. The atmosphere promotes professionalism as well as creativity. St. Andrew`s faculty did not simply fill my head with facts so that I could pass a standardized test; they taught me how to think on my own, and gave me a moral framework." Joseph A. SalvatoreSt. Andrew`s Academy AlumnusVillanova University AlumnusUS Naval Officer
 
  • St. Andrew's Academy's Travel Program brings high school students overseas at least once every three years. Past trips have included England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy and Germany.
 
  • "I am a proud St. Andrew`s Academy graduate. From the first day I entered the school in 2001, I was taught how to work hard, manage my time wisely, study effectively, and present myself in many different situations. St. Andrew`s was more than just an education, it was a life-changing experience. Eight years have passed since I graduated, and I am still close with my fellow graduates and teachers. These relationships helped me become who I am today, have helped me grow from a child to a successful future doctor." Sarah Waterman, MDSt. Andrew`s Academy AlumnaCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay AlumnaCreighton University School of Medicine Alumna
 
  • St. Andrew's is a safe environment in an area with a very low crime rate. The idyllic setting has four seasons recreational activities available, including biking, snow-and water-skiing, snowboarding, sailing, swimming, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, and mountain-climbing.
 
  • St. Andrew's graduates have attracted the attention of many excellent colleges and universities, including Davidson College, the U.S. Naval Academy, Hillsdale College, the College of William and Mary, Villanova University, Drexel University, Gordon College, Seattle University, Thomas More College, the University of California and CSU schools, and the University of Chicago.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Andrew's Academy cost?

St. Andrew's Academy's tuition is approximately $39,600 for boarding students and $13,000 for day students.

What sports does St. Andrew's Academy offer?

St. Andrew's Academy offers 1 interscholastic sports: Fencing.

What is St. Andrew's Academy's ranking?

St. Andrew's Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students), High percentage of students on financial aid and Small average class sizes.

When is the application deadline for St. Andrew's Academy?

The application deadline for St. Andrew's Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School

Review
Description

Class of 2018
5.00
N/A
St. Andrew’s Academy is home to one of the best communities I have had the privilege to be a part of. It’s a micro-school, so everyone is very close. They have become a second family. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
University of Dallas
The motto of St Andrews Academy is “oratio, studium, labor” which translates to “prayer, study, work.” The school combines these three with the daily office before and after the school day, a rigorous liberal arts. . .

Class of 2017
5.00
Eastern University
The small, close-knit community of students, teachers, and staff members bring a new level to education. I felt extremely comfortable with engaging my teachers in conversation, asking questions, and reaching out for help. Though the. . .
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 5-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 16 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $39,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $13,000
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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