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Saint Michael's Episcopal School

Private | PK-12 | 94 students

Saint Michael's is best known for providing a classical, college-prep education.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $119,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $630.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 7, 2014

The school used to be offer a high quality, college preparatory education. In recent years there have been multiple heads of school. The school used to offer AP and Honors level classes in high school and no longer offer them due to loss of qualified teachers. In addition, the school has been financially unstable for the past 5 years and is no longer and accredited school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Saint Michael's is dedicated to the development of each child as an individual. Our school motto -- Scientia, Pietas, Fides -- means Learning, Character, and Faith. We believe that true learning means learning to seek knowledge for its own sake, not learning to take tests. We also believe that it is equally important to develop the heart and the spirit along with the mind through our daily chapel services, a Buddy System that pairs older children with younger children, a House Point system that actively recognizes acts of kindness, and a family-like atmosphere throughout the school. Our students' parents and guardians are highly involved with many aspects of the school, and the teachers work incredibly hard to ensure each child's success -- not by inflating grades or giving them a pass, but by providing individual help and encouragement to motivate hard work. I would not work anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2013

SMA is a very special place. The level of education coupled with strong Christian values prepares those who leave SMA to be strong leaders in the challenging world we face today! St. Michael's will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget the values and work ethic to succeed that was instilled in me. A unique institution that stands on its own, I wish every child could be apart of the SMA experience!


Posted April 5, 2013

Huge turnaround in management this year (new principal, new board president-- these are making a world of difference). Last year's director had a lot of enthusiasm, but not much in the way of management skills. That has changed. Communication is also much better this year. The teachers have been amazing, even with last year's bad management. My son has gotten a fantastic education. He loves going to school each day. There's no bullying. The kids look out for each other. He's learning a lot, and so are his classmates. Small class sizes, lots of "extras", high standards, lots of individual attention. Everyone there knows each child by name. They're really good with meeting individual children's learning needs. Our son has just been thriving. I would recommend the school to any parent who cares about academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

This school has been going downhill for years. They are always in financial struggle and ask parents and other organizations for donations to help the sinking ship. The director of the daycare has poor communication with teachers and parents. Turnover is high because the teachers are not treated with the respect they deserve and in the long run it is the children that suffer. I would have never sent my child there had I known the unfortunate situation I was putting them in. The only positive thing I have to say is the teachers seemed to really care about the children. My child now goes elsewhere and if you are thinking about putting your child there, do some serious research and think twice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Positives: Small class sizes allow teachers latitude in working with your child. Kids are challenged, encouraged to think, learning is experiential. Big kids (middle/high school) view younger kids as siblings, and mentor them. Negatives: Facilities could use improvement. However, new leadership has added stability. I anticipate positive changes and continued improvement. Would NOT send my child any place else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

Positives: Rigorous curriculum teaching student to learn instead of teaching them to take tests. Engaged, caring faculty. Inclusive extracurricular opportunities including sports, music, drama, and academic competitions for anyone who wants to participate. Suportive community of students and parents. With new administration two years ago, many improvements in communications and teacher-management relations. Immediate online access for students and parents to homework and grades. Negatives: Some class sizes too small.
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Posted May 15, 2007

Positives: Languages (PreK-5th: French/Spanish; 6th-12th: French/Latin). Fairly ethnically diverse, although few blacks. Open, laid back campus where different grades mix. Currently small class sizes. Uniforms. High parent involvement. Strong music and arts. Great experience for certain types of children only. Negatives: Very weak overall school management and administration. Shoe-string mentality regarding teacher pay and facilities upkeep. Poor communications with parents (often not timely or clear). Systemic problems in teacher coordination of tests & homework. Tendency to substitute homework quality for quantity. Little to no use of the internet to communicate or manage assignments. Poor playground oversight.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 31%
Hispanic 8% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 2% 13%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jenny Morris
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • SAES
Fax number
  • (979) 823-4971

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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2500 South College Avenue
Bryan, TX 77801
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Phone: (979) 822-2715

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