Special to Find It In Fondrenâ„¢ | Tim Geddie, Dean and Dean

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School announces the groundbreaking for two major construction projects on its Jackson and Ridgeland campuses. This marks the first phase of a multi-year, $34 million expansion that will transform and modernize one of the South’s premiere academic institutions.

The groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art early childhood center for pre-K3, pre-K4, and kindergarten on the South Campus on Old Canton Road in Fondren will begin on Friday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m. This will be followed by a similar ceremony at 10:00 a.m. for a 65,000 square foot athletic healthplex on the Highland Colony North Campus in Ridgeland.

“St. Andrew’s has had two transformational moments in its history,” said George Penick, Head of School. “Establishing the campus on Old Canton Road in Jackson and purchasing property in Ridgeland for our Middle and Upper Schools, when it was only farmland, were bold moves by visionary leaders. This is the third transformational moment made possible by bold and visionary leaders.”

The school has made fundraising history in receiving in excess of $9 million dollars in just 9 months. The Forward Saints Capital Campaign for St. Andrew’s supports a total of $34 million for five major projects in three stages. Each stage will unfold as fundraising continues.

Tim Alford, Head of Lower School, states that, “St. Andrew’s has always looked at its future in its totality while being firmly rooted in our mission. This first stage reflects the importance we place on early childhood education and our strong commitment to athletics. As a whole, this campaign and these projects allow us to grow in excellence at every grade level, on each campus, for each child.”

Founded in 1947, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving over 1,100 students in pre-K through grade 12 on two campuses. St. Andrew’s is nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence while cultivating the critical thinking skills needed to excel. Valuing diversity, St. Andrew’s welcomes students of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. Typically, 100 percent of St. Andrew’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.