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St Andrew's College

Address: St. Andrew's College Booterstown Avenue Blackrock Co. Dublin Ireland

Description St Andrew's College

  • Location: Dublin (Respectable suburbs), Ireland;
  • Age of students:11-18 years;
  • Programs: Secondary school, Leaving Certificate, IB;
  • Number of students: 1300 ;
  • Year of foundation:1894;
  • Type of studying: mixed.

St. Andrew's College was opened in the XIX century as a specialized school for boys. It was designed to study a little more than 60 students. Today, St. Andrew's College is a mixed school. More than 1000 foreign students are studying there. The educational institution is one of the most prestigious in Ireland.

At school, children do not just get secondary education and are preparing to enter the university. Here, each student can choose a lesson to their purposes and interests. College  is distinguished by almost unlimited list of sections and circles. Here you can go in for sports (including horseback riding), art, music, ballet, video and photography. Also in the school students are offered subject circles.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in St Andrew's College

Program name
from 8 870 € / year

Junior - 13-15 liters.

Junior school St Andrew's College teaches children of more than forty nationalities, offers a safe, supportive, stimulating environment in which students of all social classes, interests and abilities succeed in learning, social relations.

A rich and academically sophisticated program, in addition to the main subjects of the curriculum for Irish elementary schools, offers a wide range of disciplines, including music, art, ICT, modern languages. The team of highly qualified teachers, subject teachers and practicing teaching support specialists is friendly, caring, interested in the development of each child, and the small size of the classroom allows all students to develop along an individual trajectory.

In addition to the academic component, the schedule includes many events: concerts, performances, art exhibitions, sports events allow children to develop stability and confidence. During team work, students communicate with children from different classes and groups, acquire the skills of interviewing, cooperation, communication. Charitable work helps children learn about the world around them, to develop respect and responsibility for others.

from 7 050 € / year

Senior - 16-18 liters.

St Andrew's High School provides appropriate services for each student, taking into account their personal educational needs and providing a stimulating educational environment. Highly qualified, enthusiastic employees contribute to the development of the interests of students, expanding their horizons inside and outside the audience. Caring for the long-term aspects of cultural heritage, the school remains a modern, future-oriented community, educating confident young people with high self-esteem, real faith in themselves and the contribution that they can make to the development of society.

The school pays great attention to the academic side and offers significant support to students:

  • Information evenings - a qualified professional staff that helps students with the choice of profession, provides them with information about potential universities in Ireland or abroad.
  • Extracurricular activities - a wide range of extracurricular activities: from September to March, students have the opportunity to participate in rugby, hockey, badminton and basketball, from mid-March to the end of May, students can participate in cricket, athletics, tennis, football.

Last year in college, students will prepare for third-level education - studying at a university.

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Leaving Certificate - 16-18 l.

The matriculation test is conducted at the end of the senior cycle in elementary schools. The senior cycle teaches students aged 16 to 18 years.

At St Andrew's College, all students study the following subjects to pass the graduation certificate exam:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Irish / Gaelic (unless an exception is made)
  • Modern language (Spanish, French, German).

Students choose to study 3-4 additional subjects from the following list:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Design and communication technology
  • Classic studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • art
  • Home economy
  • Religious education
  • Music
  • Basic items
  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • Modern language
  • English.

The English exam checks:

  • Linguistic competency
  • Evaluation of the literature.

The emphasis is on developing students' thinking skills, writing skills, and making independent judgments. An extensive curriculum includes a selection of texts from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, traditional poetic works and novels, as well as contemporary English-language works, including the study of cinema.

The Leaving Certificate Irish Program is offered at the highest, ordinary, and basic levels (unless students have exemption).

The higher mathematics course is intended for capable students - the course will prepare specialists in mathematics who will study advanced courses:

  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry.

The usual course of mathematics is designed for a wide group of students and provides knowledge, methods that will be needed in the future for the study of scientific, economic, business, technical subjects. It is also suitable for students who will not continue to study math or related subjects. The course is gradually moving from relatively concrete and practical to more general and abstract concepts. In addition to equipping students with important tools, it gives them the opportunity to deepen their understanding of mathematics, to experience some of its classic “strong ideas”. Course Topics:

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Sequences and Rows
  • Line programming
  • Functions and calculus.

The modern language study program is the general basis for the study of French, German, Spanish, Italian. The program is communicative, its purpose is to promote the effective use of the target language by the student, informing the student about the culture. Assessment of student performance emphasizes language and communication skills, and not the informational content of any particular section of the curriculum. Classroom activities typically include the selection of certain authentic materials that provide a focus for working on learning aspects, and exercises help students develop basic communication skills.

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Transition Year

Transition Year is a vibrant, creative program that offers students the opportunity to grow and develop. Academic rigor is supported by clearly defined core modules and various non-traditional alternative study subjects. Creative aspects give students the opportunity to learn, develop skills outside the academic field, extra-curricular activities allow students to engage in local and global social issues.

The Transition Year program involves a series of trips combining the study of Irish culture and sports.

The course includes four main academic subjects:

  • Irish Culture / American Studies: Throughout the year, students learning Irish will improve their understanding, grammar, written, oral, and listening skills.
  • The English program includes 2 modules of 15 weeks each in the fields of short stories, drama, poetry and romance.
  • Math classes include various topics that are related to the Leaving Certificate course, other math areas outside the curriculum.
  • The program of modern foreign languages focuses on aspects of modern life, music, literature and journalism. In the transition year, special attention is paid to oral communication and cultural enrichment through the use of various media.

Transitional students will participate in a diverse program of events:

  • Two orienteering classes at Killini Hill
  • Two climbing sessions at Dalkey Quarry or The Wall at Sandyford
  • One canoe ride in Dun Laoghaire harbor
  • Three day walks in the hills of Dublin and North Wicklow
  • One team building session at school
  • One walk on a hill, overnight in the Glendalough area (on Friday)
  • FAI Football Course at School
  • Tennis in Westwood
  • Golf at Woodbrook Golf Club, Bray
  • General physical education, gym at school
  • Gym (circular training) at school.

Transition Year will require a surcharge of 350 € to cover contingencies for this program.

from 9 310 € / year

International Baccalaureate - 15-19 l.

Andrew's College has been offering an international undergraduate degree program (IBDP) since 1982. IBDP is a world-famous academic program for students in the last two years of high school.

Suggested item groups:

  • Group 1: English A
  • Group 2: English B, Spanish B, German B, Ab Initio Languages
  • Group 3: History / Geography
  • Group 4: Biology / Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics (new courses)
  • Group 6: Visual Arts, Music, Economics, Chemistry.

Students must choose one subject from each group: they will study three disciplines at a higher level (HL) and three at a standard level (SL). Applicants applying for an admission to IB at St Andrews College will need to demonstrate that they have the academic ability to study the three IB subjects in HL.

The program includes sections:

  • CAS combines creativity, physical activity and social work. This is an integral part of the IB Diploma program. All teenagers participate in at least one Community Service project.
  • The extended essay (compulsory component) is an independent research paper of about 4000 words in one of the subjects of the IB curriculum. The extended essay provides excellent preparation for the work that is required at the university, evaluated by an external examiner. An extended essay is an advantage for students attending interviews, especially when the topic of the essay is related to the course for which they have applied.
  • The theory of knowledge brings together a number of other subjects, seeks to study how knowledge is formed, tested and evaluated by individuals and societies, establishing links between personal and general knowledge, and to recognize that cultural assumptions and individual views can be an obstacle to knowledge.
  • The course includes 2 physical education classes weekly.

Accommodation, housing and food

Irish host families are selected for international students of the school. The latter, as a rule, live no more than 15 minutes from the educational building. Accommodation is offered on a full board basis.

Events St Andrew's College

St. Andrew's College features an almost list selection of sections and circles. Here you can go in for sports (including horseback riding), art, music, ballet, video and photography. Also, in the school, subject circles are offered to the attention of students.

In addition, foreign students are offered excursions, trips to the cinema and museums.


  • St. Andrew's College is an international high school. Representatives of more than 50 nationalities study here today. In an intercultural environment, children develop important social qualities: tolerance, respect for other people's culture and religion, ability to work in a team, and cooperate.
  • The school guarantees a high quality of academic studying. Teaching is effective due to the advanced methods used here.
  • Studying at the Irish school is a comprehensive development of the individual, here they do not aspire to limit children to the framework. Here they find the right approach to each child, so that the latter can develop the available abilities.
  • Experienced teachers, masters in the field of art, sports coaches work with the foreign students. They direct the pupils, help them achieve their goals, track the level of achievements, timely adjust the curricula in accordance with the changed needs of children.
  • At school, students are given the opportunity to get not only a secondary education, but also a certificate on the Green Schools environmental program.

Equipment St Andrew's College

Infrastructure is represented by spacious educational classes, scientific laboratories, computer center, library. Also in the building there are musical, art studios. And for the sport in the school the necessary conditions are created. St. Andrew's College has an indoor sports complex with gymnastic, athletic rooms and a martial arts hall, ice hockey and basketball courts, a rugby field, and tennis courts.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year is divided into terms. The first (autumn) begins in September and ends in December. The second (spring) lasts from January to March, the last (summer) - from April to July. For vacations there are holidays and days off.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday classes begin at 8.50 and end at 3pm, and on Wednesday - 8.50 - 13.00.

Additional fees:

  • insurance - 68 euro;
  • "English as a foreign language" service - € 640;
  • contingencies - 160 Euro;
  • paid tours and events - from 250 euros
  • some paid subjects of the program "International Baccalaureate" - from 2990 euros;
  • for the student of the first year - 50 euros for the use of a locker and a padlock;
  • air travel, etc.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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St Andrew's College reviews

Please give me fees for student boarding kid age 14 Thanks Sébastien
Annual tuition and homestay fees start from 24 200 EUR.
Dianah Luviah
The school is fair. Let me check your school fees in my kenyan shillings to see if it's affordable then I can apply for admission
Yes of course
Horrible school. The nastiest people I have ever met. Snobby and ruthless bullies, including the teachers. I have never met less empathetic people, the students that go here are a strange elite who are so far apart from normal Irish people I wouldn't even call them so. This school has given me terrible anxiety and depression. I was bullied insistently by two male teachers, one called Gerry Culleton would spend his class picking on me, I was always very reserved in his class, I was the last one on the way to the class and he ordered the students to turn over my desk and to see my reaction. I walked in to everyone staring at me, eagerly anticipating my reaction. I was so hurt, I felt an empty pain in my chest, I felt so alone. I didn't react and then walked over and turned over my desk and chair then sat down. If I said anything I was going to start crying, no one said anything to me and the teacher acted like nothing happened. This is just one example of many incidents, this horrible school costs so much and is worthless. Most rotten people I have met in my life.
Smapse Manager
Hello. Thank you for your feedback. Hope this school will take some serious actions about those teachers. We wish you a better experience in the future.

Recommendations on when to apply

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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