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St Michaels Country Day School

Private | PK-8


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Posted March 1, 2014

I am a student at St Michaels and I think that St Michaels is an amazing school that I would recommend to anyone. It does have a large homework load but extra help is always provided. I love this school so much and can't imagine I have to leave it so soon for high school.

Posted April 27, 2010

very hands on, lots of opportunities for all types of learning; big on theatre programs, small classes
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Posted February 4, 2010

St. Michael's is a beautiful, academically challenging school where students thrive in small classes with very involved, caring teachers. Both of my Middle school children are gifted and were thrilled to be put into a school where they were academically challenged and accepted by other students. Parents are very involved in the school and were very welcoming to new families. Classes are small and every student becomes a part of the community. Sports are required in Middle school but that has turned out to be an excellent experience. Both of my students have grown emotionally and socially in this environment. They will be more than ready for High School! Don't let the cost turn you away. Visit the school and learn about financial aid.
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Posted January 24, 2010

This school does not seek to understand a child's behavior but rather jumps to punishment. It does not encourage creative problem solving or emotional development. I would closely observe your child's interaction with teachers because what is marketed may not be what you are receiving.
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Posted April 24, 2009

A Great Schhol- the 'Best' on the Island. We lloked at whcih school offered the best education, the smallest class sizes along with the best secondary school placement record for our children and only St. Michaels Country Day School rated Tier 1.
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Posted August 14, 2008

I'm in sixth grade at st.mike's and it the best school ever. We all get a great education even the three year olds. I really don't want to leave st.mike's in three years. But I have to.
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Posted June 12, 2008

As one other parent noted, many of the teachers and administrators are parents of the students. This can be a huge problem as far as objectivity of the staff and principal. Discipline is a big issue as well. Kids do seem to mostly like it though.
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Posted May 27, 2008

Wow! this school is amazing. It is hard but extra help is always given. I love this school
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Posted April 28, 2007

SMS has a beautiful campus. Many of the teachers and administrators are parents of the students. I think this is a big limitation to the objectivity of the staff. Some are super and others aren t but remain because they are connected. There is a terrific arts program. The math curriculum uses Chicago Math, in my view a huge detriment to the children. The school would do well to replace it. The class sizes are small which is great since the teachers get to know each child well. There is a general open door communication policy between the staff and parents. The overwhelming philosophy of the administration is fairly liberal. The discipline approach could be firmer.Sports program doesn t have as much choice as the public school. The homework load in grades 5-8 is heavy. The kids have lots of school spirit.
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Posted May 11, 2006

Since 1993 my children have attended St. Michael's. This has been the educational experience of a lifetime. From the first day my older child entered SMS she was greeted with kindness by the teachers, principal and other students. An exceptionally gifted child, SMS gave her the academic challenges she needed as well as introduced her to her love of sports, particularly the game of Lacrosse. She is now a sophomore in college and has returned to SMS to coach the girls A team. My second daughter also attended SMS and is due to graduate in June, 2006. This child has flourished under the guidence of her teachers and peers. SMS offers quality academics, outstanding arts programs and a family like atmosphere. I have been so happy with the education my children received here. I know that once leaving SMS they are well prepared for whatever will come next. Thank You, SMS
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Posted October 6, 2003

My son started last year in kindergarten. The curriculum, from k to 8, is just incredible. The teachers and the principal are dedicated to making your child's education fun and challenging. It's a great school, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants their child to excell in school.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 64%
Black 10% 8%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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