What’s it like coming from a small town in Kenya to board at a private school in Boca?
“It doesn’t feel foreign. It feels like home,” graduating senior Grace Nyanchoka said after four years at Saint Andrew’s School.
Boarding students create a special culture at Saint Andrew’s, head of school Ethan Shapiro told 220 members and guests as the sponsor for Boca Chamber’s January Breakfast.
“Board schools give kids grit and toughness and they learn from each other,” he added. “It’s in our DNA.”
Saint Andrew’s has 95 students from 35 countries who board, out of 1,285 students total, he said.
St. Andrew’s is the platinum partner of the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA students meet in the Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on campus, said Chamber president and CEO Troy McLellan.
The building was part of Vision 2020, the campus master plan for the school founded 58 years ago, Shapiro said.
Carlos Barrosos, the school’s director of marketing and communication, emceed the program that included student Cameron Newman. He’s also a 2019 graduate of the Chamber’s YEA program. The school’s Lower School Student Choir entertained.
The Chamber will launch a new app in 30 days so members can register and get information online, announced Susan Saturday, immediate past chair.