Core Academic Overview
At St. Michael’s Academy we educate the whole child. Our Christ-centered atmosphere inspires educational programming for each grade level that cultivates students spiritually, academically, creatively, physically, and socially. St. Michael’s Academy students are provided with a variety of robust experiences which foster a lifelong desire to learn and serve others.
Primary emphasis is placed on the spiritual development of each student. The Religion curriculum teaches our students that God’s love is responsible for all things. Through the tenets of the Catholic Faith students learn to foster a love of God, self, and others. All grade levels participate in school-wide community service projects, liturgical and prayer services, as well as various activities to promote and encourage Catholic values.
Students specifically study the following:
- A Variety of Catholic Prayers
- Gospel Lessons and other Bible Stories
- Holy Days
English Language Arts
The English Language Arts curriculum encompasses all aspects of the English language, both written and oral. Students are exposed to high-level verbal interactions while engaging in activities that promote both visual and written expressions of language, preparing them to meet the academic challenges for each grade level of English Language Arts. The program used at St. Michael’s Academy is literature-based incorporating reading, writing, listening, and speaking aspects of communication. Particular attention is given to the development of English Language Arts skills across all of the content areas. Students develop: fluency, comprehension, analysis, vocabulary, writing, grammar and critical thinking skills through all areas of the academic program.
The Mathematics curriculum encourages students to explore, conjecture, reason logically, solve non-routine problems, communicate about mathematics and connect ideas within mathematics to other disciplines. Students investigate problems both independently and in cooperative groups. The program aims to develop personal self-confidence and a disposition to seek, evaluate, and use quantitative and spatial information in solving problems and making decisions.
The Science Curriculum is initially a board based exploration of concepts in Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Technology. Middle school students have a year of study devoted to each branch of these sciences. Critical thinking and problem solving are promoted through the use of the Scientific Method. Through investigation, inquiry, and experimentation students develop an understanding of Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science.
The primary purpose of the Social Studies Curriculum is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good, as citizens of a culturally diverse and democratic society in an interdependent world. Through Social Studies themes, students will develop an appreciation and acceptance of others in their school, community, and country.