A Family of Families

St. Michael's is not only an exemplary college preparatory institution, but also a "family of families." We enroll students who demonstrate the desire and ability to pursue a college preparatory program of studies, as well as a receptiveness to the various religious and Christian formation programs that are essential to the St. Michael's mission.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the St. Michael's mission?

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

    Our current enrollment is 350 students. Approximately three quarters of the student body is of the Catholic faith. In keeping with St. Michael’s tradition of serving a diverse student body, over 32% of students represent ethnic minorities. The ratio of students to teachers is 9:1, and the average class size is 17.
  • What qualities does St. Michael's seek in prospective students?

    We look for young people who demonstrate academic promise and character, whose interests are varied, and whom we believe will make positive contributions to the SMCA community. We seek to enroll students who display not only the desire and ability to complete a rigorous, college preparatory program of studies, who are also receptive to our religious and Christian formation programs, which are essential to the school’s total program.
  • What makes a Catholic school different from other schools?

    In Catholic schools, parents are recognized as the first teachers of their children. When parents invite us to be their partners in the educational and spiritual formation of their sons and daughters, we view this as a sacred trust. In this partnership, Catholic schools teach the Gospel message preached by Jesus, foster a strong sense of community, and encourage service to others in need. Ultimately, Catholic schools provide a setting wherein shared values are lived each day.
  • What accreditations and memberships does St. Michael's hold?

    SMCA is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference. Memberships include the National Catholic Educational Association, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Development, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, the Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling, National Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board.
  • What types of clubs and organizations are available to students?

    We offer a wide range of co-curricular learning opportunities. A sampling of student clubs and activities is shown below.
    • Book Club
    • Caring Christians Club
    • Charity Club
    • Cities in Space Club
    • Debate Club
    • Drama Club
    • Fashion Club
    • Fishing Club
    • French Club
    • Gardening Club
    • Latin Club
    • Literary Magazine
    • Model UN Club
    • National Honor Society
    • Photography Club
    • Sailing Club
    • Sand Volleyball Club
    • Skeet Shooting Club
    • SMARTS, Inc. Club
    • Spanish Club
    • Student Council
    • Ukulele Club
  • What honors, Pre-AP, and AP classes are offered?

    Honors and Pre AP courses are offered at SMCA in the following subjects:
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English I & II
    • Foreign Language Level III
    • French II
    • Geometry
    • Latin II
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Spanish II
    • World Geography
    • World History

    Advanced Placement courses approved by the College Board are offered in the following subjects:
    • Art History
    • Biology
    • Calculus AB
    • Calculus BC
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science AB
    • English Literature and Composition
    • English Language
    • Environmental Science
    • French Language
    • Latin
    • Macro Economics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Spanish Language
    • Spanish Literature
    • Statistics
    • U.S. Government and Politics
    • U.S. History
    • Studio Art 2-D
  • What are the academic credentials of faculty, staff, and administration?

    Our talented and dedicated professionals have been trained at 67 different colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad, and 65% of faculty members hold more than one advanced degree. The average classroom teaching experience is 15 years.
  • What is the mission of our learning strategists?

    Our learning strategists help students better understand how they learn. We recognize that all students learn differently but that differences are not representative of intellectual capacity.  We provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that all students may participate fully in our academic programs. Our learning strategists are available to all students for the development of effective learning and academic strategies.
  • Are there dress code guidelines?

    While we do not require uniforms, to encourage self-respect and proper personal appearance, there are guidelines for appropriate student dress.
  • Is transportation available to and from school?

    St. Michael’s students come from 54 different zipcode areas in and around Austin. There are three bus/van routes and stops available. There is a fee to participate in the school transportation program. The current route stops are as follows.
    • North - Holy Family Catholic School, St. Theresa’s Catholic School
    • Central - Spicewood Springs/Mesa, St. Louis Church
    • South - St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, Cathedral School of St. Mary
  • What opportunities does Campus Ministry provide for a student's spiritual and moral growth?

    St. Michael's is devoted to developing students spiritually within the Catholic faith tradition. The schedule includes a morning prayer, theology class and Kairos retreats. School liturgies and prayer services are held during the year. In order to remain faithful to the Gospel message, each student performs a minimum of 60 hours of community service during their four years at SMCA.
  • What sports are available?

    Excellence in sports is a tradition at SMCA. Since our establishment in 1984, Crusader sports teams have won 32 state championships. Many student athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. Students may participate in a variety of interscholastic sports.

    BoysGirls
    BaseballBasketball
    Cheerleading/MascotCheerleading/Mascot
    Cross-countryCross-Country
    FootballGolf
    GolfLacrosse
    LacrosseSoccer
    SoccerSoftball
    SwimmingSwimming
    TennisTennis
    TrackVolleyball
  • How can parents become involved at St. Michael's?

    All parents at St. Michael’s are automatically members of the SMCA Crusader Nation Parent Association. This group holds regular meetings and assists the school in planning a variety of activities. Volunteers also assist with planning and organizing school-wide community events. The Parent Association provides many avenues for parental involvement.
  • Where do St. Michael's graduates go to college?

    100% of the SMCA Class of 2015 and 99% of the Class of 2016 (one gap year student) graduates were accepted to college. Of those 96% percent attend a four-year college, while 4% attend a two-year college.

Meet the Admissions Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Mrs. Leah Esparza 

    Director of Advancement
    512 328-2323, ext. 309
    Texas Tech University - B.B.A
  • Cristina Feldott 

    Advancement Associate
  • Carlon Haas 

    Director of International Programs
    The University of Texas at Austin - B.A
  • Ms. Jessica Shafran 

    Marketing and Advancement Assocate
    Ohio University - B.S. Journalism