Academics

Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten (JK) program is the newest addition at St. Michael Indian School. Our program serves three and four year old children preparing for kindergarten. Our program is designed to meet each child’s needs, to foster development of competence in intellectual and social skills and to provide a safe and nurturing environment Children learn through active participation with their environment, and our program will offer many opportunities for a wide variety of play experience to promote growth in all areas. We strive for a year filled with success to develop a positive self-image and attitude toward school.

We incorporate the basic concepts of a Catholic environment: to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to the growth of the spiritual, cultural, social, academic, emotional, and physical development of the child.

Curriculum

In grades K-8, students’ core subjects are Religion, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Other subjects are Music, SPARK (P.E.), Media, and Navajo Language.

Grades 1-6 are split into three groupings with grades first and second, third and fourth, and fifth and sixth. Within each grouping, there are three classes. For example, in first and second grade, there is the first grade, second grade, and a multi-grade first and second grade class. Third thru sixth grade follow this same organization with a multi-grade class of third and fourth graders and fifth and sixth graders. This classroom model helps meet each child’s individual needs with differentiated instruction.

Grades 9-12 students follow a college preparatory curriculum with core studies in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, and Science. Students also have a variety of elective classes to select from, including art, and music. Navajo government and language classes are also taught. As a Catholic school, Saint Michael requires all students to study theology each year.

The seventh and eighth grade classes are the Junior High. Their class schedule consists of Theology, Language Arts, Math, Physical Science, Life Science, History, and Health/PE.

Grades 7-12 are on an A/B Block schedule in which students take eight 90-minute classes. This schedule has proven a higher achievement level and successful learning experience.

Every morning, students gather in the Chapel for morning prayer and announcements. At all grade levels, students participate in Mass every Wednesday.

Effort Roll Qualifications

In grades K-2, Effort Roll students must have passing grades in core subjects, Excellent (E’s) and Good (G’s) in Work Habits and Behavior, and no Needs Improvement (N’s) in any area.

In grades 3-8, Effort Roll students have a D+ (73%) or better in core subjects, Excellent (E’s) and Good (G’s) in Work Habits and Behavior, no Needs Improvement (N’s) in any area.

Effort Roll students must have no more than five (5) unexcused absences, unexcused tardies, and unexcused early dismissals.

Honor Roll Qualifications

In grades 3-8, Honor Roll students have all A’s or B’s in core subjects, Excellent (E’s) and Good (G’s) in Work Habits and Behavior, and no Needs Improvement (N’s) in any area.

Honor Roll students must have no more than five (5) unexcused absences, unexcused tardies, and unexcused early dismissals.

Academic Policies and Regulations

We have high expectations of all our students. In order to provide our students with academic rigor and excellence, our teachers work with each student at their individual levels while challenging them to do well in each subject area.

Graduation standards require satisfactory completion of twenty-eight academic credits in Theology, English, Science, Physical Education and Health, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Electives. Seven credits are required each year without semester failure. For graduation, a student must be enrolled for the entire senior year. Exceptions to these requirements, including adjustments for transfer students and provisions for remedying semester failures, are defined under terms for academic probation.