History

1951

Kindergarten Started

Lee Bivins persuaded his sister-in-law, Margaret Teel, to teach Kindergarten in the basement of the newly built St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

1961

St. Andrew’s Adds Grade Levels

The Board undertook a study of Kindergarten through 6th grade schools and determined that it was appropriate to add a grade each year beginning in 1963.

1965

Classrooms Added

Departmentalized teaching began for grades 4 and above. The Education Building was begun and the upstairs was used for classrooms

1966

Curriculum Expanded

The Education Wing of the Episcopal Church was completed and the upper grades were moved to the lower level. Curriculum expanded to include, among other things, French, Art, and Music.

1968

First Graduating Class

The first 6th grade class of St. Andrew’s graduated in the spring.

1969

Accreditation and New Headmaster

Accreditation and New Headmaster

Mr. W.M. Nickell was inducted as Headmaster and St. Andrew’s was awarded accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

1977

St. Andrew’s Expands

A second 1st grade class is added and each year thereafter another grade is added with the idea that once there are two classes in each grade, the School will expand to include a junior high.

1979

First Washington D.C Trip

First Washington D.C Trip
The 6th Grade class took their inaugural trip to Washington D.C.

1980

First Computer Lab

First Computer Lab
The first computer lab was put in place at St. Andrew's

1981

New Headmistress

New Headmistress
Mr. Nickell retired from Headmaster and Connie Wootton became the new Headmistress.

1985

Groundbreaking

In September, more than 1,000 people participate in the groundbreaking for the new school building. The new School Building was completed.

1986

New Year In A New Building

New Year In A New Building
The new school year begins in the newly built St. Andrew's school building.

1988

First 8th Grade Class

The first St. Andrew's 8th grade class was added to the school.

1989

Accreditation by SAES

The School achieved accreditation by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. Students publish the School’s first yearbook and dedicate it to Mis Margaret Teel.

1990

First 8th Grade Graduation

The very first 8th grade class graduates from St. Andrew's

1994

St. Andrew’s Prayer

Alexis Anderson writes a Prayer for St. Andrew’s School. This prayer continues to be used in Chapel services to this day.

1996

NJHS Added

The National Junior Honor Society is established at St. Andrew’s.

1997

Fire Destroys Church

Fire Destroys Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church was destroyed by fire. For the next six years the Church will use the School gym for services as well as other parish activities.

1998

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking
Ground was broken for The Margaret Teel Early Childhood Building.

1999

Opening of New Building

The Margaret Teel Early Childhood Building opens and is dedicated on Grandparent’s Day.

2002

New Headmaster

New Headmaster

Connie Wootton retired from Headmistress and Scott Kimball served in her stead as Headmaster for 2 years.

2004

New Headmaster

New Headmaster

Ron Ferguson was hired to lead the school as the new Headmaster of St. Andrew's.

2005

Fine Arts Night

Fine Arts Night
The first annual St. Andrew's Fine Arts Night was held.

2006

Expanding Curriculum

Expanding Curriculum

Service Learning is added to the St. Andrew's curriculum.

2007

New Campaign Launched

New Campaign Launched
The Legacy Capital Campaign is launched.

2008

Legacy Campaign Complete

Legacy Campaign Complete

The Legacy Campaign is complete. The Middle School, art and music classrooms are finished and renovated spaces, including the library and gymnasium are ready for use in January.

2009

Accreditation Self Study Completed

Accreditation Self Study Completed

Accreditation Self Study completed in October. First annual Heifer Market held.

2011

60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Amarillo celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

2012

Brick Garden

Brick Garden

Dedication of the Brick Garden in celebration of St. Andrew's 60th Anniversary.

2015

ReVision Campaign

ReVision Campaign

Revision Building Campaign launched in January. Phase I is complete in August with secured vestibules and school gate guardian installed in both buildings entrances. All offices, kitchen and cafeteria were updated.

2016

Retirement

Retirement
Ron Ferguson announces his retirement.

2017

New Headmaster

New Headmaster
Joel Bicknell is installed as Headmaster on September 6th.

2018

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking of Revision Phase II - FAAB takes place.