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.

Also, my son loves PE. Mr. Cullen’s games have made my son smarter in terms of strategy and teamwork. He...

7th Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:08:15-04:00

7th Grade Parent

Also, my son loves PE. Mr. Cullen’s games have made my son smarter in terms of strategy and teamwork. He feels smarter as an athlete.
My son’s confidence level has tripled since being at St. Michael’s.

2nd Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:08:44-04:00

2nd Grade Parent

My son’s confidence level has tripled since being at St. Michael’s.
During my visit to St. Michael’s, it was very clear to me that each and every teacher teaches to the...

1st and 3rd Grade Parent

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:09:17-04:00

1st and 3rd Grade Parent

During my visit to St. Michael’s, it was very clear to me that each and every teacher teaches to the individual child, not just a group of children. Teachers and St. Michael’s know each and every one of the children they teach and it is obvious that they truly care. 
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
5.0
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.
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