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.”

Everyone here makes an effort to know all of the students. I was amazed when I picked up my son...

Prekindergarten Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
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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 
I love how everyone here is very family oriented and very welcoming. Our family felt part of the school from...

Prekindergarten Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
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.
During my daughter’s 2nd grade year, the idea of a Buddy Bench was brought up by a classmate. After presenting...

3rd and 7th Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
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 
St. Michael’s is a magical school. The teachers are wonderful. They have that blend of intelligence, gentle discipline, and love...

2nd Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
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.
SMS has given our family so much support, when we first moved to Newport from the UK 5 years ago...

Preschool and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
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 
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