Curriculum

History, Literacy, and the Arts

Human history, as well as the literary and artistic works it has inspired, help form the heart of our classical curriculum. From Kindergarten onward, we emphasize the importance of the humanities by teaching students to memorize, appreciate, understand, and analyze the events, writings, and art which shape our culture.

Writing and Rhetoric

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Our capacity to reason stems from the gift of language. Language is the means through which we understand ourselves, the universe and (to the best of our abilities) God. Our classical curriculum fosters a strong understanding of grammar and writing, which students can utilize to develop ideas and understanding, as well as to communicate, defend, persuade, and express their ideas.

Religious Studies

God is at the center of all we do. In our classical curriculum, we pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful through a solid foundation in the deep tradition of the Catholic faith and morality. From Kindergarten onward, we not only teach students about their faith, but we also encourage them to live prayerfully for the greater glory of God.

Science and Math

We take particular pride in our math and science programs. Our curriculum, which is challenging, promotes higher level thinking and inquiry. In conjunction with our other curricula, our science and math courses are designed to teach students how to think, not what to think.

A Note from the Principal

Mrs. GG Grotbo, Principal of St. Andrew School

St. Andrew School is a special place. Why do I say that? 

St. Andrew School was a dream placed in the hearts of our founders by God; through their courage and trust, St. Andrew School was founded. God Himself wanted Helena to have a school rooted in the Catholic faith and open to all Christians. Twenty-five years later, we are carrying on that legacy.  

We have survived by being true to our mission of providing a type of teaching different from other schools in our area. Classical education is a holistic approach to education. We teach to the whole person, utilizing auditory, visual, and kinesthetic methods. This enables all children throughout their life to take in truths, apply them, and then be able to defend them.

We want our students to be life-long learners and to “Hang their lives on the truth”. Understanding the virtues of Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence, and Justice gives our students a strong foundation for life. Fortitude teaches perseverance, patience and diligence. Temperance teaches honesty, humility and self-control. Prudence teaches students to have good judgment and to seek wise counsel from their teachers. Justice teaches students how important kindness, generosity, and gratitude are in regards to their peers, teachers, and others.  

At St. Andrew School, we believe in teaching our students to become wholesome adults that will someday be the leaders of our society. We give them the skills they need to be able to defend their faith, viewpoints, and opinions and in turn to be considerate of others’ opinions and views without being accusatory and belittling. Our students are virtuous citizens, resourceful learners, and open witnesses to their faith knowing they have a responsibility to God, their families, and those who are less fortunate.