OUR MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

St. Michael’s Country Day School provides a dynamic curriculum that is built on excellence and inspires students to:
Learn with confidence
Lead with character
Achieve lasting success

There is an atmosphere at St. Michael’s of high expectation – teachers who speak passionately about their role in educating the next generation of student leadership in the community and in the world; trustees who view St. Michael’s as the finest school in Newport and who aspire to build the finest school in the country; parents who make sacrifices and commitments to help create a dynamic, inspiring community for their children; students who sense the importance of these years in determining their character and future success.

OUR MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

St. Michael’s Country Day School provides a dynamic curriculum that is built on excellence and inspires students to:
Learn with confidence
Lead with character
Achieve lasting success

There is an atmosphere at St. Michael’s of high expectation – teachers who speak passionately about their role in educating the next generation of student leadership in the community and in the world; trustees who view St. Michael’s as the finest school in Newport and who aspire to build the finest school in the country; parents who make sacrifices and commitments to help create a dynamic, inspiring community for their children; students who sense the importance of these years in determining their character and future success.

Learn with Confidence

Lead with Character

Achieve Lasting Success

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THE SMS DIFFERENCE

From the first day of school to the last day of school, my child is HAPPY to go to school. I can remember a project they did in 5th grade about food trucks. The class was presenting in early June, and my son bounced out of bed on presentation day. It was to be displayed outside and my son was EXCITED.

7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:07:36-04:00

7th Grade Parent

From the first day of school to the last day of school, my child is HAPPY to go to school. I can remember a project they did in 5th grade about food trucks. The class was presenting in early June, and my son bounced out of bed on presentation day. 
St. Michael’s is a magical school. The teachers are wonderful. They have that blend of intelligence, gentle discipline, and love inspiring the kids. The sense of community is so evident. The parents are a tight-knit group that truly care about one another and cheer other families one.

2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:11:29-04:00

2nd Grade Parent

St. Michael’s is a magical school. The teachers are wonderful. They have that blend of intelligence, gentle discipline, and love inspiring the kids. The sense of community is so evident. The parents are a tight-knit group that truly care about one another and cheer other families one.
We came to St. Michael’s for two reasons - the incredible arts programs that the school has, and for Phil Tutino.  Too many schools are cutting back on their arts programs, but St. Michael’s understands the value of balancing rigorous academic study with a foundation in the arts. This has taught our children confidence in themselves as well as exposed them things they may never had tried.  We also were aware of the fabulous faculty at St. Michael’s, and knew that Phil Tutino would be a wonderful fit for our son. He is kind, patient, devoted, and was a godsend for our son.

Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2017-03-13T11:54:16-04:00

Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

We came to St. Michael’s for two reasons – the incredible arts programs that the school has, and for Phil Tutino.  Too many schools are cutting back on their arts programs, but St. Michael’s understands the value of balancing rigorous academic study with a foundation in the arts. This has 
During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting the idea to the Lower School head, the idea was fully embraced. Instead of just providing a Buddy Bench, my daughter and a few students helped build and decorate the bench, I loved that the idea of a Buddy Bench was embraced so quickly but more importantly that the students played an integral part in creating the bench. They were also asked to present the bench at a Lower School meeting. This type of hands-on learning driven by the students is one reason why we love SMS!

3rd and 7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:11:00-04:00

3rd and 7th Grade Parent

During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting the idea to the Lower School head, the idea was fully embraced. Instead of just providing a Buddy Bench, my daughter and a few students helped build and decorate the 
During my visit to St. Michael’s, it was very clear to me that each and every teacher teaches to the individual child, not just a group of children. Teachers and St. Michael’s know each and every one of the children they teach and it is obvious that they truly care. St. Michael’s is an extremely warm and nurturing environment, one that I have not found elsewhere. We have found our sweet spot here on the island and feel incredibly blessed to be part of such an incredible environment.

1st and 3rd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:09:17-04:00

1st and 3rd Grade Parent

During my visit to St. Michael’s, it was very clear to me that each and every teacher teaches to the individual child, not just a group of children. Teachers and St. Michael’s know each and every one of the children they teach and it is obvious that they truly care. 
SMS has given our family so much support, when we first moved to Newport from the UK 5 years ago and when we moved back after being away for 18 months. The school was invaluable in making our son feel welcome and cared for and included back into his second grade class.

Preschool and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:11:55-04:00

Preschool and 2nd Grade Parent

SMS has given our family so much support, when we first moved to Newport from the UK 5 years ago and when we moved back after being away for 18 months. The school was invaluable in making our son feel welcome and cared for and included back into his second 
SMS has an extremely supportive and accessible staff and incredibly talented teachers. As a new family in Newport, the school welcomed up with open arms and made the transition of my then 1st grader seamless. There was also a community of support for him over the summer when he needed extra guidance.

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:06:54-04:00

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

SMS has an extremely supportive and accessible staff and incredibly talented teachers. As a new family in Newport, the school welcomed up with open arms and made the transition of my then 1st grader seamless. There was also a community of support for him over the summer when he needed 
Also, my son loves PE. Mr. Cullen’s games have made my son smarter in terms of strategy and teamwork. He feels smarter as an athlete.

7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:08:15-04:00

7th Grade Parent

Also, my son loves PE. Mr. Cullen’s games have made my son smarter in terms of strategy and teamwork. He feels smarter as an athlete.
I love how everyone here is very family oriented and very welcoming. Our family felt part of the school from day one and it made for a really easy transition.

Prekindergarten Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:10:30-04:00

Prekindergarten Parent

I love how everyone here is very family oriented and very welcoming. Our family felt part of the school from day one and it made for a really easy transition.
Teachers never stop teaching the whole student and the curriculum. Every teacher answers my son’s questions every time. Because my son’s teachers are so supportive and always help him before he falls, my son trusts his teachers as leaders.

7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:12:47-04:00

7th Grade Parent

Teachers never stop teaching the whole student and the curriculum. Every teacher answers my son’s questions every time. Because my son’s teachers are so supportive and always help him before he falls, my son trusts his teachers as leaders.
My youngest son just joined the PK, and my favorite memory to date is a picture of him balancing on a tree stump while doing a tree pose with his eyes closed – love that he’s already learning to “center” himself and grateful for the PK teachers for sending us stories and photos each and every day!

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:06:05-04:00

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

My youngest son just joined the PK, and my favorite memory to date is a picture of him balancing on a tree stump while doing a tree pose with his eyes closed – love that he’s already learning to “center” himself and grateful for the PK teachers for sending us 
My son’s confidence level has tripled since being at St. Michael’s.

2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:08:44-04:00

2nd Grade Parent

My son’s confidence level has tripled since being at St. Michael’s.
The concept of a St. Michael’s community is a big draw for me. It’s not just a place to drop off your kids for the day, it’s also the center of the social universe for our family.

1st and 4th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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2019-10-25T09:03:46-04:00

1st and 4th Grade Parent

The concept of a St. Michael’s community is a big draw for me. It’s not just a place to drop off your kids for the day, it’s also the center of the social universe for our family.
Everyone here makes an effort to know all of the students. I was amazed when I picked up my son from Field Day and everyone – teachers and students alike – all said hello and goodbye to him by name. It feels so amazing to be part of such a welcoming and family-like community.

Prekindergarten Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:09:54-04:00

Prekindergarten Parent

Everyone here makes an effort to know all of the students. I was amazed when I picked up my son from Field Day and everyone – teachers and students alike – all said hello and goodbye to him by name. It feels so amazing to be part of such a 
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