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!
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!
Very poor experience. Administration management quite unprofessional and education not worth the high price tag.
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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