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602 N Wilmot Rd
Tucson, AZ 85711

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(520) 886-0851
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September 10, 2014
This is our sixth year at St. Michael's and I still drive away from school every morning feeling immensely grateful that my child spends his days in a beautiful campus being challenged, nurtured, and cared for. This is an exceptional school that manages to balance demanding academics with a strong arts program and plenty of athletic opportunities. Every teacher we have had has been not just highly qualified, but incredibly dedicated. Every year I have felt my son's teachers knew him well, cared for him, and took the time to figure out his needs. As a non-religious non-parishioner I truly cannot relate to previous reviews that describe feeling there is preference for students and teachers that belong to the church. In my experience, St. Michael's is a close-knit, supportive, inclusive community. We're definitely staying through 8th grade and can't wait for middle school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This is our 3rd year at St. Michael's and we couldn't be happier! We came from what was supposed to be a one of the best public elementary schools in Tucson. They could not challenge our child due to the high class sizes and was bored and not learning a thing! All of the teachers we have had at St. Michael's have been wonderful. They are caring and professional. The new head of school is wonderful. She genuinely cares for all the students and their families. She is out front each morning to greet us as we drop of our children, never saw the principal at the public school do this! Our children love this school and have asked to stay there though 8th grade. They say the kids are nice and they are not bullied like they were at the public school. The parent involvement here is fantastic! St. Michael's is truly a special place and we are glad to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Very poor experience. Administration management quite unprofessional and education not worth the high price tag.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Political cartel of parent s and admin who sing from the same choir book make this school intolerable. Ineffectual senior directors complete the sad end to this once fine school. There are terribly poor teachers in this school that frankly, should have retired years ago. They are tired, mean spirited phone-it-in individuals and the children suffer for it. Science and math are sub-par for a private school (8000/year or so - are they kidling?).

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
St. Michael's is full of kind hearted children from loving homes. Families appear to give more than they receive. Beyond the generous monetary gifts and the volunteering of time, families interconnect and want all the children to thrive. Families go to basketball games, even when their children aren't on the team. Families support the school play, even when their children aren't in the cast. The school has a buddy system which allows the grades to interact on a regular basis, the other classrooms aren't filled with strangers, but they are filled with friends. We are getting ready to start our 6th year at St. Michael's and both our children love their teachers, their friends and their school. They are happy, they are learning and they want to go to St. Michael's. St. Michael's has so many families that I want my children to be around. When I look at the school through their eyes, there isn't another choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
We have found St. Michael's an excellent school, where our child has thrived since moving from Houston, TX, in 2011/12. We do not see preferential treatment based on race, religion or lack of it. We have experienced transparent Parent-Teacher relationships in her 2 years here, and have not regretted our choice of St. Michael's.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
The school has evolved to become one of the best schools in town. The academics, atmosphere, and athletics have made my children become well rounded people.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2013
I feel the reviewer on April 6th below expresses the feelings of a very small community of people in this school. We did not like the way our children were treated here and they now attend an academically advanced charter school. The science was very poorly taught in this school and the teachers were not able to teach math to the level the children needed for complete comprehension in order to score well on testing. Our children are now thriving elsewhere and we feel we should never have enrolled them here in the first place. I agree there is too much politics in the school and this reflects on how the children are treated. There were teachers that picked favorites and treated others very poorly. The academic directors should retire and fresh faculty needs to reform the school. None of these changes seemed to be on the horizon and it does not look like the new Headmistress will change anything. Too much parent involvement lead to some key parents being power hungry and taking over too many activities and not allowing other parents in the school to be involved. Board members and parent association chairs should have a one term limit, this is key for limiting their influence.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
Our child has attended St. Michael's since kindergarten. The new headmistress appears to be well qualified, professional, and nurturing. Also, the headmistress appears to be open and welcoming to parental input. The K-3 teachers are nurturing, dedicated, and simply amazing! Our child has loved each one and has thrived in their classrooms. Our child has been challenged academically and often does work a grade ahead of what is taught in public schools. We love the small class sizes. The students are well mannered, articulate, responsible, and kind. The art/music teachers truly challenge the kids to explore and love the fine arts. There are a lot of options for after school activities. The drama teacher is one of the best in Tucson. The school community is welcoming and there is high parent involvement. Like most schools, St. Michael's would benefit if it encouraged a few of its teachers to retire. Overall, though, we think the school is amazing! We love the academics, excellent staff, reinforcement of values, and friendly community.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
i completely agree with the reviewer on 3/22/2013. We too experienced disrespectful behavior from the faculty of this school. They claim to teach the children manners but fail themselves to show any of it towards many parents. The headmaster ran the school on rumored nonsense he would hear from the teachers and curriculum heads and have conferences with parents regarding their "behavior". Our experience has been that professionalism is not something that is practiced by the faculty of this school. There appears to be no protocol of appropriate conduct on behalf of the faculty here, they can do as they please. As long as they are part of the church their position is secure. We too have now enrolled our children elsewhere and they are much happier and less stressed. We also were not happy with the curriculum, it seems they spend very little time teaching relevant topics like math during school time and would load them up with homework and have them figure it out at home. Not sure what we were paying tuition for when we spent all our time reteaching our kids the material at home.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
The political climate was too dysfunctional in this school and it does affect the children. Our experience was that members of the church had clear favoritism in the way their children were being treated here and academically favored as well. We decided to leave to keep our kids happy and have them be nurtured in a unbiased school. The teachers were not able to teach the curriculum to the standards they claim they achieve. If a child receives lower grades they are offered tutoring by the teachers but they charge you additionally, too much bias here and we felt it was corrupted. They can not seem to keep a headmaster that can implement the change the school needs to become functional because that would require letting go of many key curriculum directors and teachers that can not teach the curriculum affectively. We felt we were not respected as parents here and our kids felt left out on many occasions. The community here was not inclusive. We felt being part of their religious environment was key to success to being treated respectfully and decided enough was enough. I know many parents have tried to voice their opinions about changes and instead would be perceived as trouble.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
My son is in third grade and loves his school. When I ask him what he likes about his school, he says "you aren't teased for being smart." What I like best is that they have high academic standards and care about having well-rounded, artistically thriving students who are kind to each other. They do things like hold car washes for the Community Food bank, an all school poetry slam, a plant hospital (after the harsh frost), and emphasize responsibility. The students are very h

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
best thing i ever did this is a wonderful school! now if they only had a high school life would be great!!! thank you St. Mikes!!! Thank Mrs. Hand!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
When I enrolled my 6th grader in first grade 5 years ago, I intended it to be a stopover on her way to open enrollment public school. But she had such a great experience, we've stayed and her younger sister is enrolled too. I can't imagine sending them anywhere else. The teachers are committed, compassionate and highly professional. The small class sizes ensure each child gets truly individual attention, and the advanced curriculum is absorbed by my kids with curiosity and joy. Students learn really valuable organization and time management skills as well. All of us have made great friends, and the school community is very welcoming. We couldn't be happier as a family at St. Michael's.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
We came to St. Michael s in 2005 and have two children who have already graduated. Our last one is in the middle school. This school is exceptional in every way. The teachers are very dedicated, the campus is beautiful, and there are a lot of activities for children and parents. The curriculum is hard, and the students have to work but the homework is appropriate and meaningful. If you want your child to learn how to prioritize and organize, this is the school for you. Our high school children say that after graduating from St. Michael s, they could skip high school. They are that prepared. You can always get help or questions answered by the staff and teachers. Also, there are very few discipline problems. The kids are polite, friendly, and comfortable around adults. A truly excelling school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
An excelling private school has excellent teachers, a strong teaching of leadership and challenging academic courses. St. Michael's fell short for every single one of these crucial things that children need to obtain to succeed in their future. I graduated from St. Michael's and the only reason I stayed there for as long as I did was not because of the education, but for the strong bonds I had made with my friends. If anything, I learned that St. Michael's forces children to participate in church (even the ones who are non religious or follow a different religion) and how to avoid talking to my teachers because I destained them all so much. I think in the entire experience I had there, there was only two teachers I truly cared about, and the school has only had one competent principal who they fired. They talk about how the encourage the students to be healthy, when the lunches there are all pre-frozen foods that are high in carbs and have little healthy content. They do not compensate for children who are struggling with ADD/ADHD, and children who had to attend this horrific school had to suffer the whole time. If you send your child here, you will regret how much money you wasted

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2012
As discerning parents from the foothills, we had our choice of a variety of excelling schools. St Michael's in comparison is top ranked and outshines the other public and private schools in the area. The teachers are loving and attentive, academics are strong in all grades and they are a progressive school that keeps up with modern technology. This is possibly why many military, doctors, dentisits, attorneys and numerous professional families send their children here. Hands down St Michael's is the #1 school in Tucson for elementary and middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
My daughter has attended St. Michael's for kindergarten and is now in the first grade. We loved her kindergarten teacher, and now love her first grade teacher. Her class size is 19. My daughter does homework four nights a week, and this helps her learn to read, spell, write, express herself artistically, and learn her math facts. She loves her teachers and her friends at St. Michael's. She enjoys music, art, gym and chapel. She loves to play outside, see her work in the student journal, and take ballet and jumproping classes after school. She's a great reader now, and not afraid to read out loud in church. We love St. Michael's, and are so glad we chose it for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
Our family has enjoyed St. Michaels school for over 5 years. The family environment and caring teachers make the school one of the best in Tucson.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
We have spent nine amazing years at St. Michael s. Before our daughter was born in 1997, we watched our neighbors get up each morning and drive their khaki-and-red clad daughter across town to St. Michael s. This articulate, polite and engaging young neighbor impressed us with her love of St. Michael s and obvious educational development. When the time came to send our daughter to school, we visited and toured many private and public schools. We attended two open houses at St. Michael s, and each time we were struck by the teachers unmistakable and genuine pride in the students who were making presentations. The emphasis on academic excellence reminded us of the very best schools back East. As a result of their education at St. Michael s, my daughter and her classmates have tested into exceptional high schools. St. Michael s has given them the foundation on which to build college careers. They will be uniquely qualified to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century and to assume leadership positions in our global community. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the teachers and school community at St. Michael s.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
This school used to be amazing! But now it has fallen down hill. As an alumni from the school I know realize how much better other schools are compared to this one. The school says that he have and meet the "standard" of private schools, but in reality, they're very similar to public schools, if not worse. Also, some of the children at the school are so ill-behaved, that they become intolerable. This also applies to some of the teachers. I've noticed about the teachers that they're either OUTSTANDING teachers, or simply to not come anywhere near the expectation of what St. Michael's says that they hold. Most of the K-4 teachers are wonderful, but after 5th grade they become vicious and don't understand the subject they should be teaching. All the school seems to care about is about whether of not the students chew gum in class or if they use wikipedia for their homework. I feel the campus is unsafe because often times homeless people are wandering around, because it is connected to a church. I recommend sending your child here only if you want to waste your money and ruin their future, as they did to me. I cannot feel like this school could have been more of a waste of time.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2011
I just graduated from St. Michaels, and I absolutely loved it. My friends and I talk about how much we miss it and all the great memories we made. The teachers were funny and kind. They would help you with anything you needed! If it was one-on-one time or just review! They would always be there for you. Also the teachers made the classes really interesting, and they would have more hands on experiences and fun simulations. Sure, the schoolwork is tough, and we did have a lot of homework, but what I realized was that every day I came home from school, I learned something. So when you ask your kids what they learned today, they will tell you so many things! One of my friends came from a public school, and she can't say how much she loved St. Mikes compared to other schools. Also the students are true genuine kids. I can't say that there isn't any drama because all schools have that. I can tell you that everyone tries to stop bullying or problems. St. Michaels has provided me with an outstanding experience, and one I will remember my whole life. Also this school has prepared me so well for high school, and I feel completely ready for the next 4 years. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2010
My children love St. Michael's! This school manages to excel in academics and enrichment in sports, fine arts and languages. A lot is expected of students and parents but it is well worth the investment. The students here are motivated to work hard and are kind and happy. We came from another school three years ago, and the difference from smaller classes has kept my son and daughter engaged in learning. I know the teachers much better than I did before, and they know my children well. The only problem is that it just goes through 8th grade. We wish they had a high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
St Michaels is going more towards fine arts and is slipping in it's focus on acedemics. fine for students that enjoy band chorus but if you are looking for great acedemics look elsewhere

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
St. Michael's has a well-rounded curriculum from Mathmatics to Latin. Children learn in smaller classrooms with teachers who are dedicated to education and the children they teach.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
Our family is still experiencing a high from the beautiful graduation ceremony. It was a magical event. The headmaster's speech was eloquent and sensitive. The student and parent speeches were also excellent. Our only regret is that we did not come to this wonderful school sooner.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
It is a very strong academic school. I've learned a lot while her, but there is a lot of bullying that the teachers don't seem to be aware of. The kids often curse and I've been punched before.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
This school offers a warm and welcoming community. I feel that the staff and parents work together as a team to support their students. My child actually stated to me that she was 'glad we sent her to this school because she feels smarter'. Even though it is demanding academically, she loves it! How great is that?

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
My two oldest children attended and graduated from St. Michael's. They were incredibly well-prepared for their honors high schools and often spoke of how well-prepared they were. My two youngest children are now students in the intermediate and middle school areas there. They are having wonderful experiences learning with the dedicated teachers and community, and feel safe and accepted. I have found the teachers and staff to be helpful and personally connected to my children's needs and concerns. This is an active community that has many wonderful educational experiences and opportunities for families to become involved year after year.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
When my child first attended this school we were delighted. However, within one year our experience with the school changed for the worse. At this school we found that academic excellence was stressed but not thoroughly supported. Inexperienced teachers were not given the tools they needed to succeed. Leadership seemed disinterested in parental concerns and appeared to lack an appropriate level of cultural sensitivity and awareness. In the end, we were very displeased with the school and removed our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
We are new to the school this year. We came from the public school sector. So far, I feel that we have made a great choice. Is it worth the money? You bet! I was not around for the turmoil mentioned in other reviews so I do not have a comparison to past years. I will say without a doubt that I am quite pleased with the headmaster and his communication to parents. All the staff are well credentialed and devoted. I am very pleased with all the subjects that are offered. It is academically challenging and demanding. This is not the place for the average to below average student. There are high expectations for the students here for both acheivement and behavior. As a parent you must be ready to be supportive of this environment. I find it refreshing! My daughter is excited to go to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
School year 2008 is going well. The turmoil noted by another parent has not been resolved, but the teachers, who are doing a great job, are hanging in there. There have been no open discussions with the autocratic rector or the board chair but a church parish is not a democracy. To date, this has not changed the essential character of the school community. The classes, the teachers, the program, the campus, the extracurriculars are all top notch. Hopefully the headmaster will head off to greener pastures soon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
Our child is just finishing Kindergarten this year, and it has been fantastic. Teacher is absolutely wonderful, and it's just been a great experience. However, the dissoluion of the parents' group and the resignation of a few key Board members is very troubling. There has been very little communication to the school community around these issues, which is further troubling. Hopefully things get back on track for the 2008-2009 school year - we would love to continue sending our child here.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Excellent school on all levels. Close-knit community with excellent parent involvement. Strong academic focus. Teachers and staff are all highly dedicated. You'll be impressed!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
I'm really impressed with St Michael's at this time. Comparing this to other schools in the Tucson valley, St Michael's is a more demanding curriculum: much better at developing children's academic skills than others we investigated. Starting our third year with children in 3rd and 1st grade now. Teachers have been excellent in discipline and academic leadership, as well as the kids liking them. Extracurricular activities are dramatically better than other schools in the area. Behavior across the entire campus is remarkable when compared to other schools, and our teachers have been willing to keep raising the goals to keep the children working to higher and higher standards.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
Wow! Our experience at St. Michael's's has been very positive. The new headmaster is advancing the quality of instruction and fine arts programs, the teachers are working hard to help students succeed, and the physical environment is very inviting. It doesn't seem at all ' rigid, demanding, and worksheet driven' to us. Students do many projects and field trips and have music, art, Spanish, and P.E during the school day. We appreciate the community feeling and emphasis on always improving...

- submitted by a teacher
May 12, 2007
The best thing about St. Michael's is the community - families are extremely involved in their children's education. That said, however, I feel that the quality of the school is declining. Lower elementary learning is heavily worksheet-based with multiple hours of homework per week. Experiential learning is proven to be more developmentally appropriate for this age group yet I don't see enough offered at St Michael's. Also, I fear that discipline is becoming a huge problem - bullying, foul language etc. This can quickly become a major issue-I am curious to see how the faculty takes charge of this potentially damaging situation.For a school that has such tremendous parental involvement and support, it is surprising that the faculty does not involve the parents more often to combat this issue. Zero tolerance and parental notification can go a long way. This is our 4th year here and I am quickly becoming disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
We looked at all the private and many of the public/charter schools, including our own foothills district before placing my 6th grade son here last year. Although the ride is far and my son is neither Christian nor religious, we love St. Michael's. The teachers are amazingly engaged and engaging, the kids are caring, supportive, fun and seem very happy. The community is a healthy, close-kint environment, and the academics are first-class. I wish there were more opportunities for exercise and healthy snacking during the day, but otherwise I wouldn't change anything about the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
This is a highly academic school. The kids who attend are generally wonderful. The facility is also great. However, the program for the younger grades, kindergarten and first graders, is too rigid and demanding. The teachers emphasize worksheets rather than teaching higher level thinking skills.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
We are so thrilled with St. Michael's! The fact that Spanish and Latin are offered to middle schoolers, they have a chess club, lots of sports (volleyball, soccer, basketball, track, football, cheerleading, cross country, etc) make it one of the best religious schools I've seen in years. I have 4 kids there now and can't imagine a better school!

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St. Michael's School
602 N Wilmot Rd, Tucson, AZ  85711
(520) 722-8478
Last modified St. Michael's School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Michael's School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top