St Andrew's College
Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 288 2785
|Headmistress||Ms Louise Marshall|
|Date Appointed||January 2014|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||4-18|
|Number of pupils||1,250|
|Average Class Size||Av 16|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Julie Gillane|
St Andrew's College was founded by the Presbyterian community of Dublin in 1894 to provide a broadly-based, liberal education. From its inception, the College attracted students from a variety of backgrounds and strove to unite them through a shared experience of working, learning and playing together. Over the years the College has evolved in many ways, and is now a flourishing, interdenominational, co-educational school of approximately 1,250 pupils and just over 100 teachers.
In 1985, St Andrew's College became the first school in Ireland to offer the International Baccalaureate. Over the last 28 years it has built up a well-deserved reputation for its excellent results and for its distinctive multicultural environment. The philosophy on which the College was founded and from which it draws its inspiration today is that a high-quality, rounded education is essential to the moral, social, spiritual, cultural and academic development and physical and mental well-being of the individual student. This philosophy is mirrored in the IB Learner Profile. The high quality of the education offered by the College and its commitment to continuous improvement are reflected in the fact that since 1984 St Andrew's has been fully accredited by the European Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The IB Diploma Programme combines academic rigour with a strong extracurricular dimension and various community service projects. The IB students at St Andrew's participate in a wide range of activities, representing their year on the Prefect Council, playing team sports such as hockey, rugby, tennis, basketball and badminton, taking part in activities such as the Model United Nations, being involved in environmental projects, assisting in the school library and local communities and helping various charities by fundraising and doing voluntary work. The IB Diploma Programme is the premier worldwide pre-university programme. Since 1985, St Andrew's IB students have been accepted into many universities throughout the world. In recent years these have included all the top Irish universities; MIT, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia (USA), Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, Edinburgh and the LSE (UK), the Universities of Tokyo and Keio (Japan). These students universally acknowledge the extent to which their studies in the IB Diploma Programme has given them invaluable help in their university careers.
The IB student profile at St Andrew's College is a truly international one, with students coming from all continents. This ethnic and cultural diversity enriches the school community in many ways and provides a wealth of knowledge and experience which is of great benefit to other students in the school.