Secondary School Advising

  • Date created

    October 4, 2019

  • Last updated

    October 5, 2019

While strong academics are and should be a priority at St. Michael’s, we also offer programs that provide students with opportunities to broaden and deepen their sense of self and the world in which they live.

Community service, experiential learning, character development, and leadership programs teach children the skills and strategies to be successful beyond the classroom. Every student has the potential to be a leader, and at St. Michael’s Country Day School, we intentionally teach these leadership skills so every child is equipped to advocate, collaborate, and communicate effectively. We provide leadership opportunities throughout every student’s experience so they feel inspired and empowered to make a difference in their community and beyond.

One aspect of our leadership program is the high school placement process. Whether or not our 8th graders are going to public or independent schools, they all get experience in the following: 

  • Practice/Mock Interviews
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Essay Writing
  • Resume Development

Beginning in the spring of their 7th grade year, students and their parents are guided through a process that includes exploring high school options, meeting important deadlines, and tips for effective communication.

For more information on this process, please contact Colleen Welsh, Middle School Head at cwelsh@smcds.org or call 401-849-5970.

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2nd Grade Parent

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2019-10-25T09:11:29-04:00

2nd Grade Parent

Ina Bordelon 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 
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2019-10-25T09:11:55-04:00

Preschool and 2nd Grade Parent

Jade Gilchrist 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 
Teachers never stop teaching the whole student and the curriculum. Every teacher answers my son’s questions every time. Because my...

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2019-10-25T09:12:47-04:00

7th Grade Parent

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. 7th Grade Parent St. Michael's Country Day School 
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Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

Jeff Gerring 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. 
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2019-10-25T09:03:46-04:00

1st and 4th Grade Parent

Jeff Judson 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. Michael's Country Day School 5 
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