Founded in 1903, St. Michael’s serves approximately 300 students in elementary and middle school. St. Michael’s is a safe and nurturing school committed to providing an affordable Catholic education to students in Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We are a small school with a family atmosphere that nurtures a child’s love of learning and their faith. The school maintains close ties to the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.
We have a great group of educators who work with families to provide the foundation for student success. We believe in educating the whole child: intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically. Our school combines a traditional Catholic curriculum with a 21st century Blended STEAM pedagogy.
Our goal is to provide a quality Catholic education that will enable students to think for themselves, to make good critical decisions that are just and moral, to live with integrity, to care for others, to master necessary academic and technological skills, and to develop solid social and leadership abilities that will enable students to live meaningful lives as good citizens.
We are located in South L.A.’s Westmont neighborhood. It is a diverse neighborhood with a primarily Hispanic and African American population. Our student body reflects the neighborhood’s ethnic make-up with 2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 4% African American and 94% Hispanic students. Many families are bilingual with Spanish as their primary language.
Many school families are parishioners at St. Michael’s Parish. The school and parish work diligently to maintain a strong partnership. Regular Mass attendance by students and teachers helps to nurture that connection. Additionally, we host periodic Family Masses.The school population is 90% Catholic and 10% of other faiths.
Our annual tuition is one of the most affordable in the area. We offer generous financial assistance and a few scholarships. Approximately 96% of our families receive financial assistance. While tuition provides about 30-35% of our annual revenue, we must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to ensure we can continue to provide a robust financial aid program.
The teacher to student ratio is approximately 1 to 30. There are aides in grades TK-1, which brings the teacher to student ratio down in those grades. While most students qualify for Title I services due to budgetary challenges just about 20% of students receive Title I services. The school staff are professionally qualified and are dedicated to the school’s mission and philosophy. All teachers hold a teaching credential and a Bachelors degree or are working to complete them as required by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Several teachers hold advanced degrees.
Most importantly, St. Michael’s School is a place where students feel loved, safe, and challenged to live the Gospel by following their model, St. Michael the Archangel.