St. Michael’s operates on a five-day rotating schedule, with seven class periods per day. Classes vary from 45 minutes to an 80-minute block. One class period a day is dedicated to student activity outside of the classroom, including advisory meetings, individual meetings with teachers for extra help, study and homework sessions, Writing Center visits, guest speaker talks on various topics, and Mass.
To promote excellence in the classroom, and fully utilize the strengths of our teaching faculty, course instruction is offered on different levels to make sure that students are sufficiently challenged. Placement at a particular level is based on each student’s aptitude and performance in the various disciplines. In other words, a student may be placed at the highest level of instruction in all courses or at a higher level in some courses but not others. Placement is determined carefully and takes into consideration the aptitude of not only each student in the school but each student's varying strengths. While the courses in the curriculum are parallel, in that each level of a course has similar goals and objectives, the level of instruction varies by methodology, degree of difficulty, and volume of information presented.
Honors and AP courses are designed to meet the needs of students who want a more rigorous, advanced, college preparatory curriculum and have a heightened interest in learning and a high level of responsibility, aptitude, and achievement. These classes explore principles and concepts in greater depth, and more independent work is expected of the student. St. Michael’s requires a minimum grade of 90 in an academic level prerequisite course.