St. Michael’s School is situated on a three-acre campus in east-central Tucson. A true marriage of old and new, the school encompasses 21 classrooms built around four traditional Spanish courtyards ornamented with fountains and native plantings.
Famed Swiss-born architect Josias T. Joesler designed the original church and rectory in a Pueblo Revival style, relying entirely on mud-adobe and timber construction. Over the years, a number of improvements and expansions—carefully adapted to Joesler’s original vision—have been made to the physical plant to accommodate the School’s growing enrollment. The additions of dedicated spaces for fine arts, music, science, and technology, are just some of the recent facility improvements. Other features of our remarkable campus include:
- a high-tech computer lab with 19 work stations, color printing, and Web access
- wireless and/or desktop Internet access in every classroom
- a multi-purpose student center/gymnasium, anchored by four giant cisterns which harvest 54,400 gallons of water annually for the campus’s beautiful xeriscape landscaping
- energy generating solar panels over much of the roofs and parking areas, contributing to more efficient use of resources, and financial savings
- a wetlands area for scientific observation, artistic inspiration, and quiet reflection
- state of the art SmartBoard technology in all classrooms that allows teachers to integrate web/media based learning for an enhanced curriculum
- 1:1 iPads in 4th – 8th grade and iPads in all K-3 classrooms which are used daily as developmentally appropriate tools for teaching and learning.
For many, however, the heart and soul of the school is still our beautiful chapel, where light filtering through majestic stained-glass windows and grandiose tones echoing from our Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ bestow peace and wonderment on young worshippers.