History of St. Michael Academy

sisters of St. Joseph


The sisters of St. Joseph arrived on Amelia Island to open a convent.

yellow fever epidemic


Fernandina Beach was hit with a yellow fever epidemic. The sisters turned the convent into a temporary hospital in order to care for the sick. Two nuns died from the disease, and two others contracted it and recovered.

St. Joseph Academy and convent


The surviving sisters founded St. Joseph Academy and convent school.

St. Michael Catholic Church


The Order of St. Joseph’s sold the school to St. Michael Catholic Church.

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St. Joseph Academy ended as an academic institution.

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The church began restoration for the newly named St. Michael Academy.

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St. Michael Academy was opened. Sister Elizabeth Dunn, with the help of Dominicans sisters Martha Rhode and Barbara Becker, acted as the school’s founding principal.

St. Michael Academy middle school


The church added a new wing for the opening of the Middle School.

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The Sisters of Saint Joseph returned to help the school celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

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Present Day

St. Michael Academy is a thriving school dedicated to supplying top-quality education for the children of the greater Amelia Island area.