Saint Andrew Catholic School History
Saint Andrew Catholic School is 93 years old. Begun in August of 1927, at the request of the Reverend John T. Brady, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary staffed the original school. Located behind the Olde Church of Saint Andrew on Sycamore Street, the school was a two-room building with forty-seven students.
Twenty-six years later, a new school was erected across from the old church in 1953. The building consisted of four classrooms, a library and offices. Four years later, an additional wing was added with four more classrooms. In 1959, the students from Assumption B. V. M. shared the building for half a year until their new school was complete.
On January 9, 1995, the Saint Andrew Catholic Education Center, at its current location on Wrights Road, opened its doors to the community. At the time, the five and a half million-dollar three-story building was the first new Catholic elementary school in twenty-five years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Over the next seven years, more than two million dollars were spent on over twenty thousand square feet of additional space. Classrooms, a cafeteria and a multi-purpose room were added. Currently, the school has 37 classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, multi-purpose room, television studio, library, computer and science labs, bank branch and a chapel.
Saint Andrew Catholic School has come a long way from humble beginnings. Considered a flagship school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the school is one of the biggest and most vibrant. Known for strong Catholic identity and rigorous academics, Saint Andrew Catholic School is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a 2019 Archdiocese of Philadelphia School of Distinguished Instruction and is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED.