By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Founded in 1961 as an all-boys boarding school, Saint Andrew’s School now also boasts a large day program on a vibrant 81-acre co-ed campus in Boca Raton that serves over a 1,000 students. But as a couple of recent recognitions have noted, its boarding school is still a seriously big deal.
St. Andrew’s was recently named the top boarding school in Florida by Niche, a website that ranks and reviews U.S. schools. Of nine state schools, it was one of only three that scored an overall grade of A+. But the school’s reputation is not limited to the state. It was also recently named one of the world’s Top 20 Best Best Boarding Schools by listsforall.com.
It’s not surprising that the school would enjoy international acclaim — 75 percent of its students come from 30 foreign countries. A member of The Association of Boarding Schools, St. Andrews is home to 35 resident faculty and staff members who provide a high level of extra academic support, including a unique student-faculty family program that matches new resident students with a “Faculty Mom” and/or “Faculty Dad” and “Residential Brothers and Sisters.”
“I love the academics and all the resources I have,” says Geoffrey Atulo, 18, of Kenya, an International Baccalaureate student on scholarship to the boarding school. “Here, I pretty much have everything I need academically, but in Kenya, we don’t. We have to maximize what we have and use what we have.
“I love learning, and when I have the resources, it makes my life better.”