St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Barron Trump will be attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac come the fall, according to CNN. The coeducational college preparatory school was founded in 1978 and has 580 students enrolled.

The son of President Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, will be living in the White House with his parents while attending school. St. Andrew’s, located at 8804 Postoak Road, Potomac, Maryland, sits on 19 acres and features “state-of-the-art classrooms,” according to its website.

In an interview with Bloomberg published earlier this month, President Trump revealed that his youngest son had gotten into a “good school” but refused to say which one. The head of school, Robert Kosasky, and head of middle school, Rodney Glasgow, wrote a letter to St. Andrew’s families, confirming the news.

“With consent from the family, we write to confirm that Barron will be a member of the Class of 2024,” the letter read.

First Lady Melania Trump has also confirmed the news, according to CNN.

“We are very excited for our son to attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The mission of St. Andrew’s is ‘to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service,’ all of which appealed to our family. We look forward to the coming school years at St. Andrew’s,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement.

Other potential candidates for Barron’s school included St. Albans School and Sidwell Friends Academy.

Here is what you need to know about St. Andrew’s:


1. Tuition Starts at $23,000

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Tuition at St. Andrew’s ranges by grade level and starts at $23,000 for children entering kindergarten. Barron Trump, 11, is believed to be entering the sixth grade, which will cost his parents more than $38,000 per year. In the 2017-2018 school year, grades nine through 12 have a tuition of $40,650. That amount will likely increase each year.

If Barron Trump attends the school for the next six years, it will cost his parents over $300,000 with fees.

In comparison, the tuition at Barron’s private school in Manhattan, the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, costs $46,000 per year.


2. The School Practices ‘Research-Informed’ Teaching

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Research-informed teaching incorporates research practices into the teaching method. Educators in schools offering this methodology will often structure courses around practical research interests. Children being instructed under this form of tutelage are able to experience learning in a uniquely-structured environment. Many projects are hands-on and require a student to use his or her mind to assess what is being presented.

“Research shows that the single most important factor in developing each student’s potential is the quality of his or her teacher. At St. Andrew’s, every member of our Preschool through Grade 12 faculty is trained in Mind, Brain, and Education Science. This knowledge of how the brain learns allows teachers to take the latest research and implement it into their classrooms,” reads the school’s website.


3. eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar Is an Alum

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Omidyar graduated from St. Andrew’s in 1984. He is one of the wealthiest businessmen in the world, with a net worth estimated by Forbes to be $8.6 billion. The über-successful entrepreneur and philanthropist is highlighted on the school’s website. He has graciously given back to the school over the years and has been a big supporter of the St. Andrew’s Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning.

“Mind brain education research has made significant advances in the last twenty years. The findings, if implemented broadly, could have enormous implications for how our society evolves in the future. St. Andrew’s has been at the forefront of the movement to bring this knowledge to the K-12 community, and I’m proud to support that effort and the bold moves the school is taking to get this important work out to others beyond SAES.”

Omidyar currently lives in Hawaii. He is no longer the chairman of eBay, but owns nearly 7 percent of the company. A few months ago, Omidyar announced that he’d be “providing 26,000 Kenyans with a fixed daily income for 12 years,” according to Forbes.


4. 100 Percent of Students Who Graduate Continue on to College

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As a college preparatory school, St. Andrews is dedicated to making sure its students are well-equipped with the tools they need for higher education. The school’s website boasts that 100 percent of students that graduate from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School go on to college.

St. Andrew’s college acceptance list includes a few Ivy League schools such as Cornell University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College.

“St. Andrew’s strives to challenge and support all of its students in a balanced program to nurture their academic, artistic, athletic, and spiritual growth. The school believes that developing each individual’s intellect, character, and sense of self-worth encourages each to live a creative and compassionate life. Because St. Andrew’s values the benefits of community, the school encourages students to lead lives of responsibility to each other and to the larger community,” reads part of the school’s statement of philosophy.


5. It’s 20 Miles From the White House

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Barron Trump’s new school isn’t a hop, skip, and a jump away from his new home. It will take about 30-35 minutes in a car each way, depending on traffic. It is presumed that the first son will be transported by motorcade to St. Andrew’s, which is something he’s fairly used to be now.

TMZ previously reported that getting Barron Trump to and from school in Manhattan was a bit complicated after his dad became President of the United States.

“Our law enforcement sources tell us it won’t be that bad. We’re told the plan is to block off streets in a rolling pattern — for just a few minutes — to allow the First Lady’s convoy to move quickly. NYPD will assist the Secret Service by blocking streets and re-opening them as soon as Melania’s ride passes,” the site reported back in January.


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