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St. Andrew's ranked the 18th best private school in America; only Mississippi school to make the list

St. Andrew's Episcopal School crest

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School crest

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Ridgeland has been ranked as the 18th best private day school in America by Thebestschools.org. It is the only school in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas or Louisiana to make the list.

Thebestschools.org also has a Top 50 public schools list. However, no Mississippi school made that list.

Below is a synopsis of what the website had to say about St. Andrew’s


18. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Ridgeland, MS)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, which is located just north of Jackson, Mississippi (and should not be confused with several other schools of the same name in other states), is an independent, co-ed, college prep school for students in grades pre-K through 12.

St. Andrew’s consistently leads the state in the percentage of National Merit Semi-finalists. In addition to a fine academic tradition, St. Andrew’s students grow as individuals in a variety of ways, one of which is that they complete an astounding 100 hours of community service projects before graduation. The school has established a focus on global studies through the St. Andrew’s International Society, the Global Speakers program, and by providing exchange programs with schools in Japan, China, Mexico, Ghana, Scotland, Spain, France, and India.

Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:

The Class of 2011 included 12 National Merit Finalists, three National Achievement Finalists, and five Commended Students

The Class of 2010 included 18 National Merit Finalists (more than any other school in the state), three National Achievement Finalists, and two Commendations

St. Andrew’s has produced four Presidential Scholars in the last four years

Thirty-five of 39 of Mississippi’s AP State Scholars have been St. Andrew’s students


St. Andrew’s Head of School George Penick was ecstatic to hear the news.

“It is extremely gratifying for St. Andrew’s to be recognized by a knowledgeable and objective third party,” he said in an email. “While we have known for years how outstanding St. Andrew’s is locally and in Mississippi, to be ranked on this list of presitigous schools with far more resources than St. Andrew’s is an acknowledgement of the talent, commitment, and dedication of the school’s faculty.”


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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  1. Saint Andrews has truly been a blessing.My three sons have excelled in a academic,social and athletic acspect which is far greater than I could have imagined.The students are prepared for the challenge that any college can provide once they leave that environment.

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