Welcome to St. Michael's

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory learning community, inspiring lives of service, courage, personal integrity and intellectual curiosity.

Now in its 36th year, St. Michael's Catholic Academy, a premier, independent, exclusively 9th-12th grade learning environment, remains centered on the four pillars of its mission: service, integrity, intellectual curiosity, and courage. Service helps students develop a global world view and build personal community relationships. St. Michael's supports the search for courage through a culture and learning environment that encourages risk-taking. Students are encouraged to look for the virtue of integrity in their own lives by reflecting on personal attributes of honesty and wholeness. At St. Michael's, students have myriad opportunities to explore and experience a broad range of courses and activities and become stakeholders in their own education.
Our pillars instill in our students lifelong habits of mind. St. Michael’s is a mission-driven school because the world doesn’t just need smart people. The world needs leaders, people who know and choose to do the right thing.

The Four Pillars

Courage
We all know what courage is – the challenge is to find it within ourselves. Before that can happen, though, we need reasons to look for it. Taking risks is a large part of finding courage. Standing up for others, going for that improbable basketball shot, stepping onto the dance floor, sharing a poem, or being vulnerable among peers in Advisory class, all contribute to tapping the well of courage within. At St. Michael’s we support that search through a culture and learning environment that encourages risk-taking in all of its forms.

Intellectual Curiosity
As an independent Catholic school governed by a Board of Trustees, St. Michael’s has the agility to respond to changing academic landscapes and emerging education frontiers. Our goal is to develop self-directed students who are stakeholders in their own education. Students have many opportunities to explore and experience a broad range of courses and activities, including classes in partnership with the University of Texas. From Fine Arts to Robotics – from Independent Study to Athletics – students are empowered to discover where their interests and talents intersect.

Integrity
Integrity, like courage, is a learned trait, which takes practice and is expressed through our every decision, every day. Across the curriculum at St. Michael’s, we promote and provide a moral and ethical framework to give students a sound, solid footing from which to make informed decisions with true authenticity. We do this because the world doesn’t just need smart people – it needs leaders – people who know, and choose to do, the right thing.

Service

St. Michael’s Faith Life faculty do a great deal to inspire students to become servant-leaders. Beginning with the mandatory Service Learning Program for which students contribute 20 hours per year as volunteers at a non-profit organization, and along with several opportunities for retreats and reflection during the school year, students are encouraged to participate in the lives and needs of others with love and humility.

A Letter from Our Head of School

Greetings, and welcome to the St. Michael’s Catholic Academy website where you can find all manner of information and inspiration about our spirited and beautiful school. By spending even only a few moments navigating the site, from academics to athletics, and fine arts to faith life, I am confident you will derive a sense of who we are – a school devoted to its mission and its students. 
 
The St. Michael’s website is a reflection of our commitment to this mission as well as to our belief that communication is of the utmost importance. Read about plans that are in the making and accomplishments of which we are proud. Find information of many sorts at your fingertips. Feel the spirit!
 
St. Michael's is committed to being the best school it can be – fulfilling the mission promise to assist our students to grow in their faith lives, embrace learning, and give back to the local community and beyond.
 
You are welcome to visit our website regularly. We will continue to work hard to have it full of all the information you seek. And once you take the website tour, we hope you will be moved to visit our campus and see our mission in action - up close and personally.
 
Thank you for your interest in St. Michael’s Catholic Academy.
 
Sincerely yours,
Dawn Nichols, Ed.D.
Head of School

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St. Michael's Catholic Academy is mindful of its mission to prepare the student holistically for leadership, service, and decision making consistent with Catholic values; and admit students of any race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the school. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, or gender in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate against students with special needs; a full range of services might not be available.