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St Michael School

Private | K-8 | 250 students

We are known for our Catholic identity, strong academics, and caring teachers.

 
 

Living in Olympia

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $250,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, August 24, 2014

We have had a great experience at St. Mikes and I feel fortunate that we discovered this school. My son is excited for the start of the school year and we are too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Friday, August 22, 2014

As a parent I liked the small school size and was looking forward to the sense of community. A family of families as they say at St, Mikes. However, with the level of cliqueness, it is nearly impossible to be fully absorbed into the community. Private parties, private dinner clubs, groups of parents vacationing with one another, newcomers to the school WILL NOT be invited and new parents and kids feel left out. Parents of boys should be aware of the EXTREMELY aggressive middle school girls. School administration and teachers will not get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

All ready for the new school year with classes of terrific kids, super teachers, and supportive administration all around. The graduated 8th graders from last year report that they are excited and ready for high school, many in honors classes. This year middle school English is offering an enrichment piece focusing on the high school AP readings. I can't wait to see what this wonderful school will do this year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 20, 2014

This school and staff are amazing. The staff is dedicated to making this an excellent year for all our students and families. We are busily preparing to once again give our students an educational experience that is rewarding and challenging . As an experienced educator this is by far the best the South Sound has to offer. We are proud to partner with our faith filled parents in providing the best in a Catholic education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 24, 2014

My child has done very well at this school. Yes, the school and church do ask for money but that is part of the package when you enroll your child in a private Catholic school so I have no problem with it especially when I see where my money is going. Wonderful caring staff and teachers, great academic standards, improvements like the covered play area, the 5th grade Shakespeare program, a deep sense of the Catholic faith, a solid anti bullying policy. It is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2014

I have been a parent of St. Michaels for 4 years with 4 children K-8. This school is an excellent education. They go above and beyond to help children learn. Teachers are always available to speak with a parent ANYTIME. Larges classes up to 30, yet no discipline problems because it is not accepted. it is an investment but well worth it. My child graduated as a published writer by age 13, strong in Faith, and all the skills needed to be successful in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

Great school! We have been impressed with the new Principal. He seems to really interact well with the kids and was prompt in addressing any questions we have had. There is a real sense of community among the students and everyone feels welcome. We are glad to be part of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

St Mikes school is wrought with hypocrisy regarding the teachings of Jesus Christ. It operates as a political establishment, pandering to those that can afford large financial donations and full price tuition. Math instruction is very weak. New Principal is young and inexperienced, his goal seems to be to make St. Mikes a school for the elite, not the average Catholic family. Many families feel hurt by this school, are denied financial aide, and will not be returning in the fall. There are teachers that care, but their voices are not heard by the Administration of St. Michael School or the Parish that appear to care more about the handful of parishioners with the $$$. Very disappointed by this school and sad to to post this review.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2014

I am a student, and St. Mikes treats the very church involved and wealthy students differently. One time, a wealthy and church involved student got an answer wrong on a test and would not give up on getting it right. This student kept trying to prove that he/she was right, and the teacher let him/her right a paragraph about the test subject and the student would get a hundred, instead of missing a point on the test like he/she deserved to. It wasn't fair. I have missed a point on a test and didn't automatically get to make up for it, but this student gets to. Sometimes the teachers even say to a couple of students that they are some of their favorite students right in front of other students. The wealthy and church involved students get more privileges. Not all the teachers treat students that way, though. Also St. Mikes needs more classes like Health, Home Ec, Shop Class, Photography, etc. Sometimes St. Mikes is great, but at other times it is dreadful.


Posted September 4, 2013

St. Michael School is a private "Catholic" School that panders to the wealthy. Tuition costs have gone up with no justification or reasoning. Money raised during any and all fundraisers I believe is highly misused. It is sad that a middle class family cannot send their child to receive religious education. What happened to the nuns who used to teach and lead our children in Catholic Schools? I believe that the St. Michaels Priest has too much of a financial role in this school. He needs to focus on the spiritual and religious part and stay out of the politics. This school focuses too much on money-making and not on the enrichment of each and every child rich or poor or just average income backgrounds. This Catholic School seems to forget Christ's teaching. I am very sad about this review but I refused to afford to send my child here anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Saint Michael School is a place where teachers search out the child that has learning difficulties, then destroys their self esteem. They separate them from the other children during fun activities, and mark correct answers wrong while using lame excuses to do so. A parent can't defend their child without being criticized and receiving sarcastic remarks. The teachers are always "right" and parents and specialists are "wrong". They deliberately give low grades on well done work just because they can. (I showed my child's report to other teachers, and they agreed that it should have had at least a "B", not a "D".) Teachers and parents are segregated. They favor the wealthy. It's only those who are that have the best roles, their pictures all through the yearbooks, win everything, and get treated with utmost respect. The staff is too proud to admit that they aren't perfect. The majority of students are very sweet. My child has never been teased or made fun of regardless of the difficulties. The teachers could learn a lot from their students, parents and specialists if they would just remove their pride. We refuse to continue to be a part of this sad and abusive school. We are done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

St. Michael's is both good and bad. Great in academic and religious preparation. Bad in allowing children to simply be children as there is very little play time during and after school (due to amount of homework). The interactions with parents are striated and some would say segregated. Well to do (and known) families are the focus while the average family is left in the background. Like St. Michael's parish, the focus is on funds, not families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

My wife and I are amazed at this school. We have a first and kindergarten student in place and they are both earning religion and requirements of upper education. Tuition is a little high but worth it. The quality of educators staff at this school is worth the price. For more of the point...I have see Catholic teachings reach my first grader, and kindergarten child, more this year than last. We have a Catholic Parish that is strong on Catholic beliefs...this year the school seems to value the beliefs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

This school has definitely slipped from it's glory days. There are too many individuals and not enough community. There seems to be an almost endless priority on money, fundraising, fees, and I'm not sure all of it even goes to the school. I think some school support actually goes to the parish. Anyway, the teachers are a mixed bag. Some are very dedicated and caring while others seem to be there just to collect a paycheck. Many of the parents are involved in a wide variety of activities but it almost seems like their is different levels of parents and how we are respected, recieved, communicated to at times. Really there are a few excellent indivdiuals or programs here and there but as a whole we think this school is average. With somewhere around 10+ private school options in this area it's getting harder and harder to justify the tuition at St. Mike's. I hope things can get turned around where they need to be and St. Mike's gets back to it's faith and community roots.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

Currently have two children attending this school and am contemplating pulling both of them out due to many things: no school counselor, bullying (non-physical) being addressed in a passive-agressive way instead of dealing with the offending children/families/teachers directly, unprofessional relationships with administration/teachers and parents creating an unapproachable environment, discovery that auction proceeds do NOT go entirely to the school, but rather are supporting the church and nothing mentioned about this in donation paperwork, children are forced to spend rainy day recess in their classrooms doing non-active tasks rather than getting exercise and letting them unwind by running outside (covered outdoor play area desperatly needed or indoor gym access should be allowed during those times), and much more. We keep our children in the school at this point for the religious education, but are seriously condsidering pulling them out to go to public school if things do not impove soon. Sad that the principal does not address the many serious issues at the school and panders to those that have the most money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

It is more prep school than Catholic School, in that most of the teachers and Principal accept the values of the parents rather than stand for anything more: for example, favoratism based on affluence/volunteer time of parents.Complacency is a big problem. Resting on your reputation leads to mediocrity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

The teachers are caring and competent at this school, but in our experience they don't offer much individualized instruction for the advanced student. Class sizes of 30+ students make this close to impossible, so I can't really blame the teachers for this. As stated by others, the main focus of the principal seems to be how much money each family can provide. There are a lot of cliques and social bullying going on here that seem to be accepted by staff if the tormentors belong to families who bring in a lot of money or whose parents are able to commit a lot of volunteer hours. Science and math are slightly below public school level. Other subjects seem to be on par with public school level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Although the education is good, this school is only concerned with how much more money you can provide, and with what the students are forced to do without due to 'the economic downturn', such as no longer giving the children apple juice and animal crackers during standardized testing, and no longer participating in the Kris Kringles at Christmas which the kids loved! The school sending home a letter last year about how much money (or lack thereof) paid to the parish was outrageous as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

ST Mike's has a dedicated staff but the loss of the schools counselor (funding) really has lead to an overall drop in the christian atmosphere of the school. The teachers are tops but the leadership is not willing to deal with the more difficult problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

This is a great catholic school. Parents are very involved and the teachers welcome you into the classroom. The principal is visble and involved. Relgion is not just a subject to be learned but incorporated throughout everyday all year long. The class sizes are large but the teachers and staff deal with it very well.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Computer specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • 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
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Game club
  • Literary magazine
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • 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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
St. Mike's Tikes
Local public schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pope John Paul II HS
Olympia HS
Tumwater HS
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1204 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, WA 98501
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Phone: (360) 754-5131

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