About Us

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Our Mission

Our mission is to educate students in mind, body, and spirit to prepare them for lives of meaning and purpose.

Our Philosophy

At St. Michael’s, we seek to carry out our mission as a K-8 school in a traditional Episcopal setting, nourishing a community of students and faculty from all social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

The curriculum for Kindergarten through eighth grade focuses on rigorous academics, a deep commitment to the fine arts, spiritual growth in a pluralistic atmosphere, and athletics. Whether practicing basic composition writing, grappling with Biblical texts, embarking on group science projects in our wetlands, or navigating the Internet in search of Impressionist art, students develop critical academic, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. St. Michael’s strives to prepare students to meet an ever-changing world as caring, competent, and confident young adults.

It is our belief that learning is best explored by children who maintain a positive self-image, value joy and humor, and practice perseverance. Students who are encouraged to take risks but who are also held accountable for their actions develop both responsibility and a sense of morality. The school insists on a low student-to-faculty ratio and an attention to the development of the students as individuals and as members of the broader school community.

A member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, St. Michael’s is proud of its connection with the Episcopal Church. The school welcomes students of all faiths. We do not seek to convert children, but rather to educate them about Judeo-Christian values rooted in love and compassion.

School Objectives

  • To provide a broad-based academic curriculum consisting of language, literature, the arts, science, technology, mathematics, social studies, and physical education
  • To assist students in developing reflective, creative, and disciplined approaches to knowledge
  • To develop in students the foundation and inclination to be life-long learners
  • To develop in students the capacity for future academic success
  • To create a climate of high expectations coupled with a loving and supportive environment that acknowledges the innate self-worth of all members of the community
  • To nurture within each student a sense of self-worth that leads to moral and ethical decision-making
  • To cultivate each student’s understanding about the innate self-worth of all members of God’s Kingdom, and to put that awareness into action through community service projects and educational activities
  • To recruit, accept, and retain students and families from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
  • To attract, retain, and fairly compensate qualified faculty and staff who can model our academic character and spiritual values
  • To create a climate of open dialogue with active lines of communication among parents, students, parishioners, alumni, teachers, and administrators
  • To create a climate of mutual trust and respect for parents, students, and colleagues—a climate which enlists all constituents to achieve a unified goal
  • To enhance the relationship with the Parish, and to be ever mindful of our status as a ministry of the Parish
  • To maintain a Board of Trustees committed to the mission of the school and our relationship with the Parish, and to maintain a fiscally sound institution