About Our School
St. Michael's Episcopal Day School was founded in 1963. Our mission is to teach traditional academic skills in the context of a caring community dedicated to helping each child develop his/her intellectual, social, athletic, and spiritual capabilities. The school is part of an ancient and venerable English and American tradition of independent church-related Episcopal schools, notable for their high academic standards, their dedication to humane values, and their service to society.
The School Community
The faculty is a group of qualified, experienced and dedicated women and men who enjoy teaching. They are professionals who share an enthusiastic commitment to challenge young minds.
The faculty, parents, and students come together to form a small, caring community in which all support and share in each other's growth. Our community spirit is fostered by a number of activities: field trips, special school events and programs, athletic competitions with other schools, chapel and community service.
Class size varies but normally does not exceed the mid-twenties in kindergarten through fourth grade, and twenty eight in fifth through eighth grade. Our 3-day preschool and 5-day pre-kindergarten programs enrolls a total of forty-three students who range in age from three to five.
Reports, Conferences and Grades
Our educational philosophy emphasizes the development of sound study habits and skills and is devoted to teaching children not what to think but how to think. At the end of each grading period (trimester for kindergarten through fourth grade and quarter for fifth through eighth grade), students receive a report card. A summary of the material presented in the class that term is included with the report card, along with teacher comments. In kindergarten through fourth grade, students are graded in each subject area on a scale of (E) consistently above grade level, (S) performing at grade level, and (N) general performance below grade level. Students in fifth through eighth grade receive traditional letter grades in all subject areas, including citizenship.
A formal Parent-Teacher conference is held at the end of the first grading period. Fifth through eighth grade students also participate in the formal conference at the end of their first quarter. Informal conferences occur throughout the school year, and close cooperation with parents is highly valued by the faculty.
Field trips are an important part of the teaching curriculum at all grade levels. They are arranged by the classroom teachers to enhance learning through direct experience. In addition to local opportunities, students are also able to visit natural environments, such as Yosemite, as well as participate in historical trips to Washington, D.C, New York, Philadelphia, and special trips to such places as Space Camp.
The Parents Club
The involvement of parents in the life of St. Michael's School is one of the school's greatest assets. It is also crucial to the life and health of the school as parents are needed to give of their time, individual talents and financial resources. The Parents Club sponsors events, programs, activities and fundraisers during the school year. Monies raised are used to enhance academic programs and provide grants for faculty professional development. The leadership of the Parent Club commits itself to keeping all parents informed about the school and about opportunities for involvement. The responsibility of the parent is to be actively involved in the school, supporting the administration, faculty and staff. The children are the ultimate beneficiaries of this collaborative effort.
Early Childhood Education (Preschool/Pre-K) - Doors open at 8:05am; Classes from 8:30am to 12pm
Kindergarten - 8:00am to 1:30pm
First and Second Grade - 8:00am to 3:15pm
Third and Fourth Grade - 8:00am to 3:20pm
Fifth and Sixth Grade - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Seventh and Eighth Grade - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Extended Care is available from 7:30 to 8:00am for all grades. Extended Care is also available after each grade is dismissed until 6:00pm.
Early Dismissal times are 2:20pm for first and second grade, 2:25pm for third and fourth grade, 2:30pm for fifth and sixth grade, and 2:35pm for seventh and eighth Grade. Please check the school calendar for specific dates.
I was thrilled to be fully supported in starting the organic garden for the school. The school community has embraced this beautiful teaching space, which connects our children with their food source."