St. Anne’s Episcopal School Faculty Offer Camp for Children

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce a summer camp program for children ages 3 to 13 led by St. Anne’s faculty in 2018.  Four themed weeks of day camp including Nature, Sea & Sky, Risky Business, and Anything Goes, will operate from 8:30am to 3:30pm for the weeks of June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, and July 16-20 at a rate of $275 per week, with a $25 discount for complete registrations received before March 29.  Interested families may visit www.StAnnesDE.org/summer to learn more.

“We are thrilled to offer enriching summer opportunities that include outdoor exploration on St. Anne’s 125-acre campus, tinkering, crafts, cooking and even NASA-sponsored STEM sessions to the greater community for children as young as three years old,” said Summer Camp Co-Director Meghan Ferster, “Morning and afternoon sessions are led by our wonderful St. Anne’s faculty.  Missy Derabertis, Allison DeFino, Stacie Emerson, Kathy Hanna, Bethany Otwell, April Smallwood, and Kirsten Swift are leading multiple camp sessions.”

“I am excited to lead children in fun projects  like STEM structures that can withstand earthquake forces, a “Viking vs. Pirate” boat building contest, designing the ultimate treasure map, and constructing a catapult,” added Bethany Otwell, St.  Anne’s Middle School STEM teacher and Camp Co-Director. “Every week offers new adventures and opportunities for learning.”

At St. Anne’s Episcopal School, the goal is  to open the hearts and minds of each student — through academic excellence, spiritual development, and a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002,  the academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Announces $2.3 Million Capital Campaign

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce that nearly $1.9 million have been raised in support of a $2.3 million Open Hearts, Open Minds capital campaign, the first since the school opened its doors in 2002.  At the Founders’ Circle Party celebrating donors and volunteers on February 23rd, Head of School Peter Thayer formally announced the campaign, which will be used to upgrade the St. Anne’s campus for the future, support and retain world class educators, and expand the school’s financial aid program by adding $1 million to the endowment.  Less than 18% of the campaign remains to be raised.

“In this next phase of the campaign we invite parents, alumni, and friends of the school to participate so that we can be our best over the next decade,” Mr. Thayer said.  “With this generous and transformational giving, teachers can become even better educators, our campus will have the best and most current spaces for students to create, explore, and innovate, and even more children can walk through our red doors.”

Members of the St. Anne’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees and Capital Campaign Committee

Thayer explained some of the changes that have already begun at St. Anne’s as a result of this campaign, including the introduction of the Singapore Math program, the Superkids Early Literacy Program, the creation of an Innovation Lab, the expansion of after school programs, and a significant investment in faculty professional development.  New construction of a Middle School music room will provide better acoustics as well as easy access to instruction in multiple instruments, rehearsal, and recording in the school’s instrumental program.

Foundations and donors that are already supporting the capital campaign include The Longwood Foundation, The Chichester duPont Foundation, the Crestlea Foundation, the Crystal Trust, the Welfare Foundation,and current and former faculty, staff, parents and grandparents at the school.  The St. Anne’s Board of Trustees and Capital Campaign Committee have contributed $800,000 to the campaign.

“We are honored to partner with our donors to accomplish the most lasting and important action we can take for the future: educating the next generation,” said St. Anne’s Board of Trustees President, Ana Ramirez. “Together, we are growing the heart, mind and spirit of each child here!”

Located in Middletown, DE, St. Anne’s Episcopal School (www.stannesde.org) is a Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8 co-ed independent day school that focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, the school’s academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Math League Qualifies for State Competition

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School 7th and 8th grade students qualified for the Delaware Secondary School Mathematics League’s State Invitational competition, which will be held in April.  Zach Mozher was the high scorer among all 7th graders at the four regional meets and Amaan Rather and and Stanley Chen tied for second place top scorers in the region for 8th graders. The St. Anne’s seventh grade qualifying team includes Farah El-Jazzar, Zach Mozher, Niha Mukkamala, Jordan Myrick, and Aina Puri.  The eighth grade qualifying team includes Emma Applegate, Caroline Bennett, Stanley Chen, Jiya Patel, Luke Ratliff, and Amaan Rather.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School 7th Grader Zach Mozher (left), is the top scorer for his grade in the Delaware Math League for the region. 8th graders Stanley Chen and Amaan Rather tied for 2nd place in the region.

Only the top scorers from the four regional meets qualify for Math League’s State Invitational. Math League Coach Kelsey Main is proud of her “mathletes” creative problem solving, persistence, creativity, and teamwork in the competitions.

The Delaware Math League is sponsored by the Delaware Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or DCTM.  The purpose of Math League is to cultivate an interest in mathematics through team competition.  Located in Middletown, DE, St. Anne’s Episcopal School (stannesde.org) is a Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8 co-ed independent day school that focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, the school’s r academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Selected for Longwood Gardens Christmas Display

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School third graders visited Longwood Gardens to see the tree they decorated.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School, a preschool – 8th grade school located in Middletown, Delaware, was one of just 13 schools selected for the 2017 Longwood Gardens’ annual Children’s Christmas Tree Display.   Interest in this exhibit is increasing and acceptance is highly competitive with over 40 applications received from three states this year.  Tree displays must reflect the specified theme in some way, and all ornaments must be handmade by students.  This is the first year that St. Anne’s was selected.

The handmade Christmas tree ornaments designed by St. Anne’s art teachers Charlotte Howard and Amy Sherman included pearl pine cones, spool elves, glistening Christmas stars, and garlands made of antique lace and burlap.  

Third grade teachers Sue Kaminski and Stacie Emerson suggested a woodland theme for the St. Anne’s tree, and art teachers Charlotte Howard and Amy Sherman came up with a design.   Each student crafted four different ornaments in accordance with the design, bringing the display to life.

“Visitors always admire our students’ high quality art,” remarked Head of School Peter Thayer, “Our students learn so much from Charlotte and Amy’s use of the Discipline Based Art Education method.  I am very proud of our third graders’ beautiful exhibit at Longwood Gardens.”

As one of the selected schools, St. Anne’s third graders and students were awarded 30 tickets to see their exhibit and a small stipend for production costs.  On a recent field trip the children were bursting with pride when they saw their tree on display inside the conservatory – it was gorgeous!  Christmas time is Longwood Gardens’ busiest season, with 350,000 to 400,000 visitors in a 46 day period.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8.  Transportation and after care available.  Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School’s woodland themed Christmas tree is one of the few designs selected from dozens of entries for Longwood Gardens’ Children’s Christmas Tree Display this year.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Offers Merit Scholarships

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Planning for Middle School in 2018-2019?  St. Anne’s Episcopal School is offering two Merit Scholarship awards of $8,000 per year for each new student thanks to generous donor support. These awards are designed to attract new, engaging 5th to 8th grade students who will benefit from and add to the school’s community.  Each scholarship will be awarded for the term of the student’s enrollment at St. Anne’s, through graduation (up to four years).  Families may learn more at Open Houses this Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at 6 p.m. and at weekly Wednesday tours at 8:30 a.m. (call 302-378-3179 option 1 to RSVP).  Merit scholarship candidates may also apply for need-based financial aid.

“We are extremely grateful that our child was a recipient of the generous Merit Scholarship.  It has allowed us to provide her with a truly outstanding educational opportunity,” said the parent of a recent Merit Scholarship recipient.  “St. Anne’s offers a unique educational experience, academically challenging, spiritually conscious and the opportunity to be a student athlete.  She has been embraced by her classmates and is thriving at St. Anne’s.  Each day offers a new learning opportunity.  She has thanked us multiple times for sending her to St. Anne’s.”

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The school is also seeking nominations and applications for one U.S. Service Scholarship for $7,500 to be awarded to a new student entering 5th to 8th grade who has immediate family in the U.S. Military.  This award is drawn from a donor-supported fund to help make a St. Anne’s education accessible to students whose immediate family member is serving in or retired from any of the five (5) branches of the U.S. Military and their Reserve and National Guard units: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. It will continue for up to four years while the student is enrolled at St. Anne’s.

The U.S. Service Scholarship recipient must have a demonstrated need for financial assistance in meeting the annual tuition obligation for St. Anne’s. The vision of its donors is to attract new students who may not otherwise be able to attend the school.  Immediate family member is defined as a mother, father, legal guardian, step-mother, step-father or sibling.  Recipients may also qualify for additional financial aid.

“St. Anne’s donors are making it possible for students to enroll in our Middle School program to become part of a small, diverse community where students feel safe to explore challenging academics, athletics, the arts, a spiritual life, and service learning – all part of our Episcopal school tradition,” said Head of School Peter Thayer.

The Scholarship application process includes a family tour, admissions forms due January 3, 2018, and a student visit day at St. Anne’s. Applicants for grades 5-8 must also complete admission exams which are administered at St. Anne’s using the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) CTP Online tests on one of the following Saturday mornings:  January 27February 24, or April 14, 2018.  Details are available on the school’s website.

Candidates for all scholarships may also apply for need-based Financial Aid which requires an online application by February 1, 2018.  Recipients must maintain academic and community standards which will be reviewed annually.

U.S. Service Scholarship candidates must also apply to St. Anne’s Financial Aid program to qualify for the scholarship by no later than March 26, 2018.

There is no area residence requirement for the scholarships.  The St. Anne’s Selection Committee is comprised of faculty and administrators.  Recipients must maintain academic and community standards which will be reviewed annually

Recipients will be notified confidentially by the selection date of Friday, April 27, 2018. Those who are selected will have until Friday, May 11 to make a decision to enroll at St. Anne’s for the coming academic year. St. Anne’s is choosing to keep the selection of the recipient’s confidential due to the young age of the applicants, and the small size of the school.

“My words could never fully express the gratitude I feel when I consider the fact that my son has the privilege to attend such an outstanding educational institution,” writes the parent of another scholarship recipient. “St. Anne’s has challenged him academically, socially, and intellectually beyond all of our expectations, and has greatly contributed to his sense of confidence in his ability to succeed in all his endeavors. In addition, the community in which he receives this excellent level of education is filled with joy and peace.  A place where he feels free to explore his world with ease and excitement.”

For more details about the Admissions Process and our online applications please visit our website.

Research-Based Singapore Math at St. Anne’s Episcopal School

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In an age when many questions can be answered with the aid of an electronic device, what do our children need to learn in school?

Singapore Math Consultant Sarah Schaefer engages first graders in talking about different ways they can solve the same problem.

In 2016 St. Anne’s Episcopal School adopted the research-based Singapore Math approach to preparing its students for a rapidly changing world.  Solving math problems is just one of the benefits; students, parents, and teachers are energized by this innovative approach, which asks students to understand the “why” before the “how.”

“Finding the answer is just one small piece of the puzzle,” Lower School Head Valerie White said. “What is more important is the ability to think critically and understand the “why” behind the solution. When we press kids to think more deeply and demonstrate an understanding of the concept or skill we are extending their learning to create true mastery.”

St. Anne’s Episcopal School introduced Singapore Math in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade in the fall of 2016 and will expand the program through 4th Grade next year.

Singapore math is a teaching method and curriculum developed and used in Singapore, a nation that consistently ranks at the top of international assessments of student achievement in math.  One of the defining features of Singapore math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract method underscores real-world application of math.

The Singapore Math approach emphasizes depth and process over memorization and drill work. It reinforces the life lesson that there is more than one way to solve a problem.  Because children work collaboratively with others to problem solve, Singapore Math also teaches children to communicate, to listen, and to respect their peers.  These are all skills that will help children navigate and build positive relationships in life.

St. Anne’s invested in Singapore Math resources and teacher training for faculty in Preschool through Fourth Grade and formally initiated the program in Kindergarten through Second Grade last year with the help of a grant from the Longwood Foundation.  Teachers, parents, and students tell us what a difference they see this year as a result of adopting Singapore Math:

“What has been happening in the classroom this year is really exciting!  Because we used the Singapore Math approach to teach place value, our students have a deeper understanding of numbers and how they relate to each other,” said first-grade teacher Melissa Meier.  “My first graders this year have a stronger number sense, which is the foundation of all mathematics.”

John Burk, Director of Academic Innovation, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science at St. Andrew’s School observed how the Singapore Math approach lays the foundation for success in high school.  “As a high school math and science teacher, I see daily that the most successful students are the ones who develop a flexible approach to problem-solving, are willing to seek out more than one way to solve a problem, and embrace the creative exploration that is integral to math and science,” Burk said.  “As a kindergarten parent, I am thrilled that my daughter is learning to approach math in a playful and creative way that is helping her develop a joyful approach to learning math, grounded in a deep understanding that will serve throughout her education.”

St. Anne’s second graders shared the following reflections about math this year:

“I have learned that there are different ways to solve problems and arrive at answers.”

“I am not as worried about taking risks or making mistakes. I know it helps my brain to grow.”

“I like seeing how math can be USED, like in measuring length and mass.”

“I am better at math and more confident.”

“I have learned to not give up so quickly.”

St. Anne’s Episcopal School first grader Brian Walsh of Chestertown (left) uses Singapore Math principles to find many answers to a math question with fellow student Wyeth from Dover.

Located in Middletown, Del., St. Anne’s Episcopal School focuses on academic excellence and spiritual growth in a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through Grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School Faculty Offers 4 Weeks of Summer Camp

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce a 2017 summer program with four themed weeks of day camp as well as specialized clinics that will be led by St. Anne’s faculty.  Four weeks of Day Camp will operate from 8:30am to 3:30pm for children ages 5-13 during the weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26th, and July 10th at a rate of $250 per week.  Additionally St. Anne’s will offer summer SAT and SSAT preparation (for middle school and high school students) as well as sports clinics for girls, and Irish Dance; scheduling, pricing and ages vary.  Interested families may visit www.StAnnesDE.org/summer  to learn more.

“We are thrilled to offer such enriching summer opportunities for the greater community,” said St. Anne’s Episcopal School Summer Camp Director Meghan Ferster, “Morning and afternoon sessions are led by our wonderful St. Anne’s faculty.  Every week offers new adventures on St. Anne’s beautiful 125-acre campus. Our youngest campers will enjoy themed weeks and activities while older children have choices to fit their interests.  There is truly something for everyone!” 

At St. Anne’s Episcopal School, we seek to open the hearts and minds of each student — through academic excellence, spiritual development, and a small, family-oriented and diverse community. St. Anne’s is a co-ed independent day school for children in Preschool (age 3) through grade 8. Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, our academic program prepares students for honors course work in the finest area high schools through its commitment to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth and character development.

St. Anne’s Announces New Scholarship for Higher Education Families

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School is announcing a new Scholarship for $5,000 per year for one new Middle School student applying for grades 5-8 for the 2017-18 academic year. This scholarship is need-based and is available to new students with a parent or legal guardian currently working for a university or college that offers higher education in this region.  The Higher Education Scholarship award may continue each year that the student is enrolled at St. Anne’s through 8th grade graduation (up to four years).

“At St. Anne’s we value quality education at every level. This scholarship opportunity can help make a St. Anne’s education more affordable for a middle school student whose family clearly values academic engagement in a compassionate community,” said St. Anne’s Head of School, Peter Thayer, “Our scholarship programs support our goals of providing challenging academics, spiritual development, diversity and inclusion – cornerstones of the Episcopal school tradition.”

St. Anne's Higher Education Scholarship 1-20-17Students must submit Admission applications by April 14, 2017.  An online Financial Aid application is also required to qualify for the Higher Education Scholarship.  This process is confidential and candidates may be eligible for additional financial assistance.  Applications, instructions, and Open House dates can be found at www.StAnnesDE.org in the Admission section.

There is no area residency requirement; current St. Anne’s students live in all three Delaware counties as well as northern and eastern Maryland and Pennsylvania. Dover and portions of Maryland are included in the school’s transportation program which is described online.

Additional scholarships available at St. Anne’s next year include one U.S. Service Scholarship for $7,500 per year for students with a family member who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and two Community Merit Scholarships each worth $7,500 per year.  Both of these scholarships are also for new students entering grades 5-8 and continue for the number of years that they attend the school.  The Service Scholarship is need based; middle school students with an immediate family member who is serving or has served in any of the five branches of the U.S. Military (Reserve and National Guard units: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) may apply.  The merit scholarships are awarded annually to talented new Middle School students.

“St. Anne’s continues to offer the Service Scholarship and the merit awards through the kindness of anonymous donors.  Our goal is to provide opportunities to enthusiastic students who may not have considered an independent school education for grades 5 through 8,” notes Head of School Peter Thayer.

All scholarship programs candidates must submit the Admission application and indicate their desire to be considered by April 14, 2017. Applicants must have an interview and a day of classroom participation. Parents are also expected to tour and meet with school administrators. The required admission exam will be administered on Saturday, April 22, by invitation. For details inquire online or contact Jan Ross, Director of Admissions, (302) 378-3179 x311.

The school remains committed to providing financial support to families who cannot meet the entire tuition commitment.  St. Anne’s maintains an average class size of 15, and a student/teacher ratio of 7:1. “Our students are known by their teachers. The curriculum is dynamic and includes science, Spanish, music, art, religion, physical education as well as special electives and interscholastic sports (starting in 6th grade).  We can tailor instruction and focus on joyful learning in this small, caring community,” adds Thayer.

St. Anne’s Episcopal School is a co-ed independent day school for children Preschool (age 3) through 8th grade (www.StAnnesDe.org). Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, St. Anne’s academic program prepares students for a rigorous high school experience. Located on 125 scenic acres in Middletown, Delaware, the school is committed to the development of the whole child through intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth.

Contacts and Questions

St. Anne’s Episcopal School (7:45am – 3:45pm)
211 Silver Lake Road, Middletown, DE 19709
(302) 378-3179 phone
(302) 449-0957 fax

Jan Ross, Director of Admissions ext. 311, jross@StAnnesDE.org
Jenny Randolph, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, ext. 334, jrandolph@StAnnesDE.org

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

 

Investments at St. Anne’s are Transforming the Classroom Experience

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Investments in technology and an increase in faculty professional development are having a big impact on the classroom at St. Anne’s Episcopal School this fall.

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Middle School Social Studies Teacher Ryan Brown and STEM teacher Brittany Otwell

Through a grant from the Longwood Foundation, the school is enhancing teaching strategies and outcomes. The school is adding new curriculum. With the help of a technology fund raiser last spring, St. Anne’s students now have 1:1 Chromebooks in the Fourth through Eighth grades as well as laptops in the library and the lower school STEM Lab and internet connectivity in the outdoor classroom. Students are developing their digital portfolios and expanding their use of Google Classrooms beginning in Fourth Grade.

“Our faculty is committed to bringing new ideas to their classrooms, to expanding our curriculum and resources, and to supporting the different learning styles of children,” says Head of School Peter Thayer. “They are constantly asking, ‘How can I make my class better?’ We sent six faculty to three different courses related to technology this summer. It is exciting for all of us to share in what they’ve learned. Since we are an independent school, we have the freedom to revise what and how we teach based on the hours our faculty spend in courses, webinars, research, networking, and reflection.”

St. Anne’s is introducing a new computer science curriculum in Middle School this year in place of technology class. “The students are showing us that they are very interested in learning Computer Science,” says Amy Sherman, Instructional Technology Coordinator. “A foundation in understanding computers is critical to their preparation for the future. In the students’ other classes, teachers are creating dynamic and engaging lessons that incorporate technology into their coursework. Technology is as widely used as a pencil in the classroom now.”

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Fourth graders Madison Christiano, Margaret Randolph, Layla Jones, Naima Ellis-Daniels, and Cole Massey.

For example, Middle School Language Arts teacher Cristina Bromley says that the Google Chromebooks have transformed the writing process for her students and allowed her to better individualize her writing instruction. In developing their writing skills, students have the opportunity to get immediate feedback from their peers and their teacher and collaborate on group projects, thanks to Google Classroom.

After attending the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference and participating in the SimpleK12 webinars last year, fourth grade teacher Jocelyn Sanders’ classroom has less of a paper trail and more of a digital footprint. “Digital projects are now another form of assessment,” explains Sanders, “Students are adept at submitting their homework digitally and using Google Slides as an alternative to essays and multiple choice tests. This year, Ms. Sanders and new fourth grade teacher Josh Kite will expand their use of digital products to support Social Studies, Geography, Virtual Field Trips, and book reports, and try new game-based teaching programs. Elementary school teachers will also expand cross curricular collaboration with the engineering units studied in STEM class.

Librarian Amy Shepherd said of the Constructing Modern Knowledge training she attended this summer, “Our training reinforced what we already know: that we need to encourage our students to take risks and not be afraid to fail. We learn more from failing than from getting the answer right the first time, or from memorizing “the answer.” I am encouraging students to try something new; it is incredible how many “right answers” and ways to solve a problem there are!”

St. Anne’s Episcopal School is a co-ed independent day school for children Pre-school (age 3) through 8th grade (http://www.stannesde.org). Founded by visionary educators from St. Andrew’s School in 2002, St. Anne’s academic program is geared to prepare students for a rigorous high school experience and provides a student/teacher ratio of 7:1. St. Anne’s is located on 125 scenic acres in Middletown, Delaware, and is committed to the development of the whole child through intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth.