For more than a century, St. Michael Indian School has provided students from local Native American communities with a quality education that is rooted in Catholic values, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills, and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world. The school was founded in 1902 by St. Katharine Drexel, who believed that an excellent, values-based Catholic education was the key to spiritual growth, empowerment, self-determination, and a better quality of life for Native Americans.
Since then SMIS has grown in enrollment, educational offerings, and spiritual and church life. Today SMIS has more than 340 students enrolled, from kindergarten through high school. These students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from the school's championship basketball program to the Chess Club and Ecology Club.
SMIS is accredited by AdvancED/NCA for quality assurance and school improvement. SMIS is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the Diocese of Gallup Catholic School System. The school's talented and diverse faculty are recruited from across the Navajo Nation and the United States.