Sacramento’s Premier Independent School
St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School is a fully-accredited independent school located in Carmichael, California. St. Michael’s is one of Northern California’s top private schools, serving students of all ages from all over the Sacramento area since 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.
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. Teachers work closely with students so that they are able to provide a differentiated curriculum suited to each student’s learning style and ability level. Standards, whether Common Core State Standards or other state standards, are only the ground floor of this curriculum. As an Independent School, St. Michael’s strives to go above and beyond standards with significant supplementation, in order to effectively teach critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, analysis, and other 21st century skills, with the goal of providing the highest level of readiness for our graduates.
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. Fourth 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.