Frequently Asked Questions

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How is St. Michael Academy (SMA) different from other schools?

As Catholics we are called to serve God and help those in need, and community service plays an important part in our daily lives at school and at home. We participate in many local and national service programs to help others who suffer from hardship, natural disasters, and poverty. We also work throughout our local community to help feed the hungry, provide supplies to the homeless, and give school supplies to children in need.

Our students know their good behavior is expected at all times, and we enjoy a calm, quiet learning environment because of that behavior. Our students are recognized throughout our community as positive Christian examples in all they do.
 

What grades are taught at SMA?

We are a combined Elementary and Middle School, with grades Pre-K through 8th.
 

What time of day does school begin and end?

Pre-K classes begin at 8am, with dismissal at noon and aftercare available until 6pm.
Grades K-8 begin their day at 7:45am and are dismissed at 2:45pm.
 

What are the class sizes?

To ensure the highest quality education, we limit the size of our classes, and have classroom assistants help our Pre-K through First Grade Teachers.
 

How much is tuition?

For registered St. Michael parishioners, annual tuition is $4,900 per student. For those who are not members of our parish, annual tuition is $5,900 per student.
 

Does SMA offer scholarships?

Yes. We offer limited tuition assistance through our school scholarship fund. Parish families may request scholarship assistance by applying through FACTS. We also accept, Step Up for Students and McKay Scholarship.
 

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend?

No. We welcome students of all faiths. Our non-Catholic families appreciate the Catholic faith, values and prayer taught, value the atmosphere we provide for their children, and are impressed in how it strengthens them spiritually.
 

Do you accept home-schooled children?

Yes. We have many formerly home-schooled children in our student body. Our high level of parental involvement, strong academic standards, and vibrant Catholic school atmosphere support a home-school vision for a child’s education.
 

Does the school require service hours?

Yes. To encourage parental involvement and minimize tuition costs, we ask parents to contribute 20 service hours per year per family.
 

Does SMA offer childcare?

Yes. Before-school and after-school care is available from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, when school is in session.
 

What testing system does SMA employ?

Our students are given the IOWA Test of Basic Skills, a norm-referenced test administered to Catholic schools across the US, as well as public schools in many states. This test assesses student achievement in reading, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, writing, punctuation, research skills, math computation, problem solving, data interpretation, science, and social studies. Our students consistently perform well above average on these tests.
 

How many students attend the school?

We typically have about 225-250 students in grades PreK-4 through 8th grade.
 

How do SMA students rank among their peers?

Our students rank consistently in the Top 10% on national achievement tests. They have won national and regional awards for academics, arts and sports. Over 98% of our students go on to college, and 90% enroll in 4-year universities.
 

What are your teachers’ qualifications?

All of our faculty are certified and licensed by the state of Florida , the Diocese of St. Augustine, and the National Catholic Education Association.
 

What non-core academics and technologies does SMA offer its students?

In addition to our core subjects, we teach Art, Music, Computer Technology, Foreign Language, Media, and Physical Education. We have a dedicated Science lab, Computer lab, Library, Media center and Music hall.
 

What extracurricular activities are offered?

We run several school sports teams, including those in Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Softball and Volleyball. In music, we teach Strings, Piano/Keyboards, Drums and Band, as well as providing many opportunities for community and parish service.
 

Is SMA an Accredited school?

Yes. We are fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference, as well as the National Council for Private School Accreditation. Accreditation of Catholic elementary schools by the State of Florida is under the auspices of the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC).
 

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