The Buddy Program

The buddy program is the gift of a PS-8 school.  The goal is to support a healthy, positive, and cohesive school community by providing intentional opportunities for younger and older students to build relationships.  The buddy program affords younger students a sense of connection and safety among their older schoolmates.  They learn that older students are invested in them, know them, and are there to support them.  Middle school-age students who would, in a traditional middle school, be focused on peer dynamics have the opportunity to be role models, practice empathy, and gain a focus outside of their peer group to the greater school community.

Relationships are built through time spent together engaged in social, service and academic enrichment activities.  School-wide events such as assemblies, field days, concerts, and ArtsFest provide spontaneous opportunities for buddies to connect, support and look out for each other.  Our older and younger buddies often read together, celebrate birthdays, exchange cards, play on the playground, and sit together during morning meetings. Buddy relationships are deep and strong and carry through the child’s entire career at SMS.

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

7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
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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.
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

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 
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