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St Michael Catholic School

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Posted September 9, 2014

I thank God every day for the opportunities that I had at this school. St. Michael s isn t for everyone I sometimes think of it as a Chinese cram school version of a traditional public education and it s a beast to go through they care more about your learning than they do about your self-esteem but the results speak for themselves. All of my classmates were accepted to the high school of their choice, and many went on to brand name colleges regardless of high school. The academics are superior although the extra-curriculars are merely good (the mirror opposite of District 200 that way) and they don t teach much in the way of outside of the box thinking, but to this day I know my multiplication tables and Ten Commandments cold as well as the preamble to the Constitution verbatim. At my top 25 college, I found myself explaining the structure of a sentence to classmates who d gone to North Shore schools. Short of a New England boarding school, this is as good as it gets. Mrs. Peg Flynn (7th/8th grade) was also the best teacher that I ever had in school. 4.8/5 stars

Posted May 11, 2011

St. Mikes is a great school. You cannot go wrong here. There are so many different ways to be involved and have a real impact on your child's education. the staff are awesome, the faculty really care about the kids. Academics are outstanding, almost 100% get into the high school of their choice every year. If you want to give you child a gift, this experience is the foundation that will last a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2011

We love St. Mike's! My children love school and their education includes depth, breadth and a positive, disciplined environment. Can't do better in Wheaton (or elsewhere, for that matter).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2009

Excellent school. Great academics and challenging curriculum. Wonderful community feel.
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Posted August 29, 2009

We transferred to St. Mike's from a wonderful public school and are thrilled with the Catholic education our children are receiving. St. Mike's provides a challenging curriculum for all students, not only those who have tested into accelerated programs. It also provides opportunities for students to play any sport they want, regardless of skill level. The icing on the top, for our family, is the wonderful Catholic identity our children receive as members of this community. Our children are learning about the Catholic faith and the Bible; attending weekly mass with their friends, teachers, and parents; practicing their sacraments; and incorporating prayer and service into their daily practice. It's a joy to be part of this school! I am thankful every day that we are.
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Posted June 15, 2009

I graduated from St. Michael's in 2008 and currently attend Benet Academy. I could tell you that as a result of my SMS education, I have been on the honor roll every semster, (which I have - as have almost all of the SMS alums), but I would rather tell you what it is like to be a student at St. MIchael. You are not only educated - you are loved and cared for by all of your teachers and all of the parents of other kids. You leave your family at home to go to your 'school' family. We grow up together. We respect one another. We become young adults through intention and purpose. and not just because we turn a certain age. I know the Wheaton Schools are all excellent - but St. MIchael is really something special.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 15, 2009

My children attended St. MIchael a few years back. I was volunteering there (parent involvment is a big part of the culture) and one of the students in my daughter's class had lost a parent. The day she came back to school aside from the love she recieved from classmates, I think every single teacher in that school Kindergarten throught eighth grade made a point of letting her know that they were there for her. That will always stand out to me when I think of St. Mike's.
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Posted May 13, 2009

As an alumna of St. MIchael School, I know I was given a gift. My parents chose a school that prepared me to meet not just the academic challenges of high school (which SMS did ver well), but to meet the moral, emotional, and spiritual challenges that I have faced throughout my life. When it came time to choose a school for my son, I knew that if there was one thing I wanted to give him in life, it was that same gift. St. MIchael provides an outstanding academic education - it has to it competes with District 200 schools. The teachers at St. Michael's are experienced and dedicated. We seen my son grow in many ways at SMS. I believe the school truly does live it's mission to educate the whole child: academically, spiritually, emotionally. socially and physically.
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Posted April 13, 2009

We are very happy to have our children at St. Mike's. It offers a strong curriculum, high but attainable expectations of the students, numerous worthwhile extracurricular activities for all grades. The family atmosphere helped our children transition well from our former school. A very good fit!
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Posted April 10, 2008

I have had three children attend St Michael School. We so enjoy the 'community' feel the school offers. The academics are outstanding and the extra curricular opportunities are many.
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Posted April 10, 2008

So much more than I expected! Well rounded courses, great athletic programs, vast and varied club opportunities, great teachers and staff, caring and kind atmosphere. Undoubtedly the best gift we've given our kids to date.
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Posted April 10, 2008

Under new managment! Awesome new changes and improvements have been made the last two years under the new principle. She brings creative leadership and perspective from her previous job at a top-ranked Glen Ellyn public school! Teachers and staff genuinely care about the students, their talents and well-being. The education is fabulous - - recent IOWA testing scores put them in top rankings. Spritual and emotional growth is evident throughout the school. -Colleen
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Posted May 2, 2006

Very disappointed in this school. We have been promised things by principal only to have him do the complete opposite. Very little respect shown to the children -- not my idea of Catholic behavior. You will be judged in this setting. Don't bother complaining - you will be ignored.
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Posted January 20, 2006

The teachers and office staff are very warm, friendly and welcoming, especially for a larger school. We were impressed by the curiculumn, the open communication and the teaching staff's goals to develop and practice student accountability on all grade levels. The only downside is that--typical of parochial schools--the individual class size is anywhere from 28-32, which makes learning and hands-on teaching more difficult. Overall, we would highly recommend this school to all parents interested in having their child receive a quality education in a faith-based environment.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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314 West Willow Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
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