Upper School (Grades 5-8)

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St. Michael’s offers children in grades 5-8 a dynamic academic climate during a time in their lives that can be wondrous yet challenging. Our students progress confidently to high school with a firm foundation in knowledge, self-discipline, and personal integrity.

Our Upper School curriculum includes daily classes in English, math, social studies, and science, and Spanish or French instruction two to three times a week. Students graduate prepared for the content demands of high school Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework with the study habits to thrive in secondary school and beyond. Our alumni, many of whom have gone on to attend top-flight colleges and universities, stand as a testament to the scholarship and love of learning that St. Michael’s imparts.

High School Prep

With our 1-to-1 device program, students are able to master the tools of technology appropriately and enhance their learning powerfully. The curriculum further includes enrichment classes in art, music, religion, and physical education. We believe in education that nurtures the mind, body, and soul.

Our program provides the support adolescents need to navigate the academic, social, and emotional hurdles of their fast-paced lives. Each day begins and ends in a student’s homeroom, where one’s faculty advisor reviews assignments and upcoming events, and provides general guidance. During weekly Advisor time, students examine study skills, internet etiquette, test preparation, time management, and peer interactions. Advisor time also allows an opportunity for homeroom bonding and fellowship. Community service opportunities at school and beyond our walls offer further material for character formation.

Our students love the perks of Upper School, including:

  • Class trips to Northern Arizona in sixth grade, Catalina Island in seventh grade, and Washington, D.C., in eighth grade
  • Weekly trimester-long electives, including Student Council, Coding, Hiking, Photography, and Yearbook
  • After-school team sports
  • Serving as buddies to the primary students.
  • Lockers!