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A Note from Our Head of School
In 1947, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an article titled, “The Purpose of Education” for the Morehouse College student newspaper. In the article, Dr. King says, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Written a decade ahead of our school’s opening, I can’t help but imagine that the Reverend Roy Stasburger and his fellow school founders had this quote in mind as they opened the school on September 11, 1961.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School has long been a wholehearted community of learners with a wholehearted commitment to cultivating student happiness, academic achievement, and character. In our classrooms, your children are called to be their best selves. To celebrate diversity. To be kind. To be respectful. To be responsible. To work hard. To try. To try again. To reflect. To care for one another and the world around them. This is a hallmark of an Episcopal school. And your children rise to the occasion.
As a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, we provide the right amount of nurturing complemented with the appropriate amount of autonomy. Our amazing teachers help foster those “ah-ha” moments for your child, be it in the arts, science, math, writing, Spanish, or with technology. And as our students mature, we place emphasis on our students being leaders. They get to be Big Buddies. They lead our Student Council. They lead musical ensembles and help design the yearbook. From elementary through middle school, students also benefit from ongoing communication and collaboration among the faculty of all grade levels. The curriculum builds upon the year prior creating ten consistent years of academic preparation. Our complete, balanced, and inspiring approach to education ensures that our graduates are exceptionally good people who are exceptionally well-prepared to thrive in high school, college, and life.
As Head of School, I have had the distinct pleasure of overseeing this extraordinary school since 2018. In the past year alone, I’ve seen our teachers develop entirely new ways to deliver and inspire learning. I’ve seen a student with a desire to serve our first responders and those in need who then invited our generous community to join him. I’ve seen a student use her gift of music to help process her feelings about the social injustice that seems so prevalent right now.
It’s no wonder that we describe ourselves as #wholehearted. All of us. Teachers. Students. Parents.
Whether you are a current family, an alumni family, or a family considering an independent school for the very first time, I look forward to you experiencing how Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School can be a part of your family's future. I invite you to explore our website further to continue your experience.
Khadija A. Fredericks joined Saint Andrew's Episcopal School on July 1, 2018.
Khadija brought 23 years of experience as a teacher and administrator to Saint Andrew's. She served as the Director of Lower School at St. Paul's Episcopal School, a well-regarded independent school in Oakland from 2013-2019. She also worked as the Director of Admissions/Enrollment Management at St. Paul's for seven years prior to that and as a first-grader teacher for five years before that. Khadija previously taught kindergarten at The Harker School in San Jose from 1998-2001.
Khadija holds a Master's degree in elementary education from Columbia University and earned her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University. She has also participated in the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads program and served as an Accreditation Team Member for the California Association of Independent Schools.