Founded in 1946, St. Michael High School is a Catholic preparatory institution and a source of educational excellence in the Navajo Nation. Since its first graduating class of four students, the high school has expanded and now educates over 120 students across four grades. 90-100% of high school graduates go on to college or other post-secondary education. Graduates have been accepted to and have attended a number of prestigious institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Yale, and MIT, and they have been supported by noteworthy scholarships such as Gates Millenium and the National Honor Society. High school students compete in the school's championship sports teams, stage plays, perform the Native American flute, and contribute service to the local community. In addition to tuition and scholarships, the school operates through generous assistance and grants from the Southwest Indian Foundation, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, and donations and grants from many friends and alumni. The high school receives no governmental assistance other than support for the School Breakfast/Lunch Program and for supplementary resources and services authorized through Title I of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal funds.
St. Michael High School is a Catholic institution, but accepts students of any faith. It promotes a reverent environment through daily instruction in religion, and it invites others to join the Catholic faith, but it neither requires nor pressures them to do so. Its faculty and staff maintain a sensitivity to native cultures, while at the same time striving to create opportunities for shared and public prayer.
The school is lead by Principal Tracie Lee (`86) and Vice Principal Tazbah Shortey. They are assisted by Secretary Sharon Lee, Academic Counselor Christy Morin and Campus Minister Jeffrey Kress.
Office hours are, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please mail correspondence to
St. Michael Indian School, High School
PO Box 650
Saint Michaels, AZ 86511-0650
High School Curriculum
Saint Michael High School 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, music, and computer science. Navajo government and language classes are also taught. As a Catholic school, Saint Michael requires all students to study theology each year.
Academic Policies and Regulations
Graduation standards require satisfactory completion of twenty-eight academic credits (if students enrolled in the freshmen year). Seven credits are required each year without semester failure. For graduation, a student must be enrolled at SMHS 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.
|Theology I||Theology II||Theology III||Theology IV|
|English I||English II||English III||English IV|
|Algebra I||Geometry||Algebra II||
or Survey of Math
or Biology II
|World History||U.S. History||U.S. Government||Economics|
|Writing Skills||Spanish I||Spanish II||Elective|
28 credits are needed for graduation. In addition, students must earn the indexed number of credits in each of the following areas:
|Physical Ed & Health:||1.0||Electives:||4.0|
|Fine / Perfoming Arts||1.0|
|Letter||Percentage||Grade Point Average|
3.6 or above GPA
No grade below a “B”
No suspensions during the grading period
3.0 or above GPA
No grade below a “C”
No suspensions during the grading period
Final approval of Honor Roll candidates is at the discretion of the principal. Conduct may be taken into consideration.
Grade Point Average
Grade-Point-Averages are determined by dividing total Point Value by the number of units [half-credits] attempted. All grades, including failing grades subsequently remedied, are included in the determination of GPA. Only in extreme hardship and upon advocacy by a committee of teachers, will the administration consider expunging remedied failures from a transcript.
Each quarter grade accounts for 40% of the semester grade. The semester exam accounts for the remaining 20%.
Reports and Transcripts
Reports of academic performance and attendance will be mailed to parents/guardians of students quarterly as indicated on the school calendar.
Progress reports for all students, prepared at the mid-point of each quarter, are mailed to inform parents to academic, attitudinal or behavioral progress or problems.
Parents are encouraged to review reports with student/s and confer with staff in an attempt to seek ways to support the academic progress of their children.
Official transcripts, reflecting current and cumulative GPA and total credits attempted/earned, are updated upon completion of each semester.
Transfer of Credits
Credits transferred from accredited/approved high schools are accepted on the same basis as though such courses were completed at St. Michael High School.
In transcribing grades, credit value, and GPA from previous schools, SMHS will evaluate and record transfers consistent with current Grading Protocol.
Credit Through Correspondence
Scholastic work by correspondence course offers a remedy for semester failures, resolving scheduling conflicts, and accommodating requests for early graduation.
St. Michael High School will accept a maximum of four credits through correspondence toward satisfying graduation requirements. Credits must be earned through courses offered by a college/university extension accredited by the North Central Accrediting Association or its member organizations.
Any programs must be approved, facilitated and monitored by St. Michael High School administrative personnel.
Correspondence studies toward satisfying requirements for graduation is contingent upon:
-High School Level Courses: Open to all students with GPAs at-or-above 3.50.
-Restrictions are waived for students attempting to remedy semester failures.
-College Level Courses: Open to juniors and seniors with GPAs at-or-above 3.75, parental authorization, and compliance, with terms and conditions for concurrent enrollment in college-level correspondence studies as set by the offering institution.
The cost of correspondence courses, other than those necessitated by scheduling conflicts, shall be borne by the student.
Academic Probation occurs with failure of one or more courses within a semester. A form letter specifying needed remediation is sent to parents. During academic probation, school personnel will work with the parents/students to identify specific academic deficiencies, contributing attitudes and behaviors.
As a condition of continued enrollment, the student will be expected to satisfy all terms as defined in the document of probation which will include, but not be limited to: remedy of semester failures through approved correspondence or summer school programs, after-school or Saturday tutorial sessions, denial of participation in interscholastic and sports activities, or modifications of the student’s program to provide supervised study or remedial services.
If a student has one or two Fall semester failures:
Student will be placed on Probation. Student may remediate the credits in the spring semester or in the summer in order to return in the fall.
One or two semester failures in the spring:
The student will be placed on Academic Probation. All courses must be remediated in the summer in order to return in the fall.
A student may not have three outstanding semester failures at any one time and return to SMIS. Therefore, if a student has two failures from a prior semester that have not yet been made up and fails a third course, then the student will be dismissed from St. Michael High School.
Dismissal from SMHS may result under the following conditions:
One or two semester failures not remedied through Saturday Academy or an approved educational program prior to the beginning of the following fall semester.
Three failures in one semester marking period.
Failure to comply with terms and conditions of an academic probation.