Mission Statement

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

Philosophy Statement

At St. Michael’s Country Day School, we believe that the foundations of human character are formed at a young age and that our ability to inspire these character traits will determine the future success of our students, our community, and our world.  Learn more about our Traits for Success.

We are a learning community that:

  • Embraces the principle that Persistence is at the core of every successful endeavor;
  • Encourages our students to be Attentive and to focus on goals and that draw from personal strengths and passions;
  • Empowers our students to live a life of Courage by being risk takers, innovators, and leaders who are willing to stand up for what is right;
  • Values Flexibility as the foundation for critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving;
  • Prepares our students to become Responsible global citizens and confident communicators;
  • Instills confidence and the value of critical self-reflection through Organization;
  • Broadens our student’s awareness of the world as they Collaborate in a community of inclusion, tolerance, equity, and justice;
  • Inspires students to find joy in learning and to approach all challenges with a Positive Attitude;
  • Nurtures empathy, compassion, and a lifelong commitment to community service through acts of Generosity;

This mission and philosophy statement is overseen by the Board of Trustees working cooperatively with the school community.

Board Diversity Statement:
St. Michael’s Country Day School was founded on the principles of establishing high academic and high character expectations for students in PS through 8th grade. We are a community dedicated to a vision of positive change in the world.
In order to promote these values, the School embraces diversity as a sign of a healthy, balanced community. Diversity is good for our children- we want our children to continue to learn how to work and live in, and with, diverse communities in which all people are valued. As a school community, we seek to model tolerance and acceptance in an environment where students learn from and value their differences.
The Board at St. Michael’s Country Day School envisions a racially, socio-economically, and culturally diverse community that celebrates our differences and fosters a culture of inclusion and multiculturalism.

    • We are thus committed to enrolling and supporting a diverse student body and to growing a diverse faculty, staff, and Board.
    • We are committed to weaving diversity into the fabric of who we are, what we do, and what we value..
    • We aim to engage mindfully in open and frequent dialogues to ensure that each and every member of our community is valued and respected..
    • We believe that all of us contribute to, and benefit from, the similarities and differences we bring to our community..

-Approved by the St. Michael’s Board of Trustees, April 2015

COVID 19 update — our campus is closed but #SMSstaysconnected!

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID 19 in our SMS community. As Head of School Jim Heus wrote in a letter home to parents:

“In keeping with our nation’s efforts to maintain social distancing, and consistent with Governor Raimondo’s two-week suspension of public schools throughout the state, we will launch our plan for distance learning. We have planned, rehearsed and are ready to execute ‘virtual’ instruction on Monday, March 30th.”

Please CLICK HERE for FAQs on COVID 19 and distance learning.