Responsive Classroom

At St. Michael’s, we are intentional with our students about how to interact respectfully and productively in a group and in the community. We use Responsive Classroom to guide these intentional experiences.

In the Lower School, each class begins with a morning meeting that truly sets the tone for the day. During morning meetings, students feel the value that community brings each and every morning through shared greetings, messages, and collaborative activities. At the beginning of the school year, our students set goals and talk about their hopes and dreams for the year. Our teachers talk with each student about what needs to happen in order for their goals to be reached and and guide them through the achievement of those goals.

The Middle School utilizes the advisor program to support and continue the work done in Lower School with Responsive Classroom.  We use The Responsive Advisory Meeting Book from Responsive Classroom.  These are middle school level Responsive Classroom practices which “support students in building positive, meaningful relationships with one or more caring adults in the school, help students develop positive relationships with their peers, and provides a safe place for students to strengthen their academic and social-emotional competencies, explore their interests more deeply, and nurtures the development of new skills and talents.”

We came to St. Michael’s for two reasons - the incredible arts programs that the school has, and for Phil...

Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

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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 
The concept of a St. Michael’s community is a big draw for me. It’s not just a place to drop...

1st and 4th Grade Parent

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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.
My youngest son just joined the PK, and my favorite memory to date is a picture of him balancing on...

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 
SMS has an extremely supportive and accessible staff and incredibly talented teachers. As a new family in Newport, the school...

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
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 
From the first day of school to the last day of school, my child is HAPPY to go to school....

7th Grade Parent

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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. 
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