The culture of the school is wonderful--children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, the curriculum is challenging and individualized, the teachers and staff are caring and nurturing, and kindness is a focus of both staff and children. This is a wonderful environment for any child--and one that celebrates diversity and acceptance.
My son is new to The St. Michael School of Clayton and we are so happy to have found this gem! His teacher, Monica Moran, is encouraging, nurturing, loving, and organized. She fosters an environment where every child learns at his/her own pace and is still challenged appropriately. My son is making terrific progress in his academic subjects and is enjoying learning! Principal Beth Mosher fosters a collaborative, diverse, nurturing, kind environment across the entire school. I am so glad we found this gem of a school!
The school promotes self-expression and allows students to find the "languages" that allow themselves to do so, be it art in its many forms, physical activity, experimentation, etc, and all combinations of these things.
How could the school do other than foster respect when it fosters kindness and caring? These emotions lead to respect and confidence as a matter of course. The ability to know yourself and be content with that self is highly prized at St. Michael's.
Compassion, caring and empathy are integral to St Michael's. Students who lack this ability are the ones who do not thrive, and there are very few of those. The basis of the school is caring about others.
This school has been a haven for my children. My son calls it "fun." My daughter regrets it when she is sick and has to miss art studio. Both children have been consistently learning above grade level and both absolutely love to learn.
I'm a parent that prefers no homework at all. That said, any homework feels like too much. When I hear other school say their kindergartens have 45 minutes of homework, I'm appalled. By comparison, St Michael's has perhaps 5 minutes a night at that level.
The school emphasizes kindness. When new students arrive from a school that was less than kind, within a few months, they've embraced the kindness model. This approach leads to honesty, integrity and fairness as a fact of promoting kindness.
Thank you to the very small staff at our beautiful school. You are underpaid, overworked, under-appreciated, and simply wonderful at your jobs, as well as so pleasant. Thank you, Jeff, Lori, Kristin, Beth! And James and Daisy who pitch in, also.
We fell in love with SMSOC nearly 5 years ago when our first child joined the junior kindergarten program. We love how the school employs the Reggio Emilia approach to foster creative, curious and self-empowered children who simply love to learn! We love how every member of staff, from teachers to administration embody and enact the schools philosphy - it creates a consistent, holistic learning environment that our kids love. Near the end of every holiday break they are asking us when they can go back to school! Thank you St. Michael's!