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.

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

St. Michael's Country Day School
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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. Michael's 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. Michael's 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

St. Michael's Country Day School
5.0
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. 
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.
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