The Department of Theology reflects the school's mission: to educate the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Saint Andrew's School is rooted in the rich spiritual, cultural, and intellectual soil of the Episcopal Church tradition. An integrated course in virtues and 4th and 5th grade theology courses in the Lower School, courses in the Bible, World Religions and Ethics in the Middle School, and courses in Bible, Ethics, World Religions, and Spirituality in the Upper School encourage students to become active participants in a dialogue that begins with biblical, historical, ethical, and philosophical realities. The courses then move into the complex intellectual and spiritual issues involving personal growth and ethical responsibility. Students from a variety of religious backgrounds are encouraged to listen and to learn from the diverse accounts of faith in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance.
The theology curriculum provides a foundation that serves to introduce all students to the biblical proclamation of the God who acts in human history. Students learn about the Bible's rich heritage as they relate the Bible accounts to current ethical, religious, and political situations in their lives and in the world around them. The classroom serves as a forum for students to explore and understand their own faith and traditions as they reflect critically and creatively on the many roles that religion plays in the various cultures of the global community. Students are encouraged to become active seekers of truth and to apply the moral and ethical lessons of history and faith to the choices they make and to the goals they pursue.