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Morning Exercise

St. Andrew’s has a wonderful tradition called “morning exercise.” Our entire school meets for a morning assembly with a prayer, pledge and song led by our students followed by a few words from our Head of School. Today, our Head of School, Mel Brown, read one of his favorite poems: “Sure On This Shining Night,” by James Agee. After the reading, Mr. Brown and his wife, Inka, performed the beautiful and contemplative song by Samuel Barber that uses the poem as the text. Listen to the beautiful music and singing.

Video from Morning Exercise, August 29th


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Appoints New Head of School

unnamed-151The Search Committee and Board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School are pleased to announce the appointment of Melville S. “Mel” Brown as the new Head of School effective summer 2016.

Mr. Brown served as the Head of School at Waring School in Beverly, MA from 2012-2015.  During that time, he led a number of successful strategic and curricular initiatives.  Prior to that he served for seventeen years as the director of the Performing Arts Department at Trinity School in New York City.  Mr. Brown graduated from Phillips Andover Academy.  He holds a B.A. from Duke University, an M.Mus. from the Juilliard School, and an M.Ed. from Columbia University. An accomplished pianist, he has performed and recorded concertos with orchestras in Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe. Mr. Brown will bring us a wealth of independent-school experience with success as both a teacher and an administrative leader.  He and his wife, Inka Rudnycka, have two grown children.  Mel writes…

“From the first day I arrived on campus, I have felt the open arms St. Andrew’s extends to all newcomers and the joy of learning that defines its students’ experience there. I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to lead St. Andrew’s Episcopal School into its next decade, and Inka and I look forward to joining the community and being enthusiastic citizens of the great city of New Orleans!”….read more


The 2016-2017 Academic Year begins Wednesday, August 17th!

Wednesday, August 17:
PK and K Group 1
Grades 1-8
Noon dismissal all students (No Lunch or Aftercare)

Thursday, August 18:
PK and K Group 2, Noon Dismissal;
Grades 1-8, 3:15 pm  Dismissal; Lunch and Aftercare Begin for Grades 1-8

Friday, August 19:
Regular Day for All Students;
Lunch and Aftercare for All Students;
Parents’ Coffee 7:45 am; Parent Orientation 8:15 am