Academics

St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School uses the content standards adopted by the state of California in all subject areas as the baseline for our curriculum.  As an independent school, we are able to go above and beyond these standards with significant supplementation, in order to effectively teach critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, analysis and other 21st Century skills.

At its core, our educational philosophy holds that academics should be active and engaging. To that end, we believe--

  1. Learning is a Lifelong Process
    Our academic program focuses on teaching and learning as the cornerstone of academic success.

  2. Each Child Can Excel Academically
    Our curriculum engages each student, enabling everyone to reach his or her highest potential.

  3. Children Learn Best Through Active Learning Opportunities
    Our teachers guide their students in the development of personal initiative, critical thinking skills, and the ability to think independently – the building blocks of lifelong learning.

  4. Learning Styles Vary from Student to Student
    Our teachers work to identify the different academic needs of each student and present curriculum in a way that is responsive to those differences.

  5. Academic Success Includes the Development of Self-Confidence, and Appreciation for Others
    The instructional program provides students with the opportunity to share individual ideas and to understand and respect the ideas of others.

  6. Caring Relationships Among Students and Between Students and Teachers Build Academic Confidence
    Consideration for each other is modeled and encouraged throughout our community. Students and faculty honor, respect, and celebrate diversity.

  7. A Strong Partnership Between Home and School Strengthens Academic Success
    Parental involvement encourages good communication between parents and teachers and helps to foster a supportive and welcoming community with the end result being a positive impact on student motivation and achievement.

St. Michael's robotics curriculum uses project-based learning and allows our students to see the physical application of abstract science, math and engineering concepts while learning to design and program a robot."

— Veronica Graffis, Faculty, Middle School

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