School History

The Past - It all started in 1951 when the Most Reverend Thomas McDonough, Bishop of St. Augustine, blessed and laid the cornerstone Saturday morning, September 29th. The parish of St. Michael the Archangel, led by its pastor, Monsignor Romuald Philbin, made great efforts to establish the Parochial School and Convent. Since then, the pastors of St. Michael Church have supported the school in every possible way. Our current pastor, Father Francisco Gerardo Diaz was assigned here in 2012. The first group of Sisters; The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary arrived in 1951 to live in the convent and teach in the school. In 1981, The Sisters of the Apostolate of the Sacred Heart were invited to live in the convent. The first secular principal, Mrs. Carmen J. Alfonso came to St. Michael in 2004 and continues to this date.

The Present – During the past 65 years St. Michael has grown and matured as an institution. The school staff is seriously dedicated to the total education of the students. All persons associated with St. Michael the Archangel, adults and children alike, are proud of being able to fulfill our Christian lives here, as they look into the future.

The Future – At St. Michael School the future can be envisioned with thrilling anticipation. Much has been accomplished, true, but so much more lies ahead of us. New generations of students, faculties, and administrators will continue coming together to form the new St. Michael family year after year.

 

Philosophy

 

Our school is a school of faith and reason. Our Catholic faith teaches that each person is a unique individual gifted by God. Our task is to educate the children to the full extent of their abilities while focusing on developing both, academic excellence and a genuine Catholic identity. Jesus Christ a is the heart, soul and reason for our existence as a school.

 

Spiritual Formation 

 

A Catholic atmosphere is maintained and fostered throughout the school. In accordance with our philosophy, religious education receives special attention. Students take an active part in the celebration of weekly liturgies. SMA school families are expected to participate and contribute each Sunday here at the 10:30 AM Mass. The Mass is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

The Sacramental Life of the students is nurtured through frequent opportunities for the reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Second grade students are prepared for the reception of these sacraments and eighth grade students are prepared to make their Confirmation. Our Religion instructors hold special meetings for parents of students preparing for these sacraments. All parents of children receiving the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation are required to attend a Mini-SEMAC (Mini-Seminario de Acción Cristiana) before the children will be receiving any of the two Sacraments mentioned.

The Prayer Life of the students is fostered throughout the school by the prayer experience, whcih focuses attention on the necessity of daily conversation with God.

The Faith Life of the studemts is deepened by the study of the scriptures and through classroom discussions about the challanges we face in our society.

Parents are required to cooperate with the school in spiritual matters, especially by setting an example of sincere Christian living. This can be accomplished by creating a religious atmosphere in the home, by family prayers, by frequent reception of the sacraments, and by regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Our students are expected to participate in the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass because being part of SMA School means to live and practice our Catholic faith. The Mass is the source and summit of all Christian life and through the Eucharistic celebration we are united already with the liturgy of heaven and we have a foretaste of eternal life.

 

Non Discrimination Policy

 

The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Miami restate their opening admission policy. No person, on the grounds of race, color or national origin is excluded or otherwise subjected to discrimination in receiving service at any school operated by them. Nor do they hire or assign staff on the basis of the race, color or national origin of the individuals they are to serve.