High School

Founded in 1946, St. Michae Indian 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 and contribute service to the local community. 


St. Michael Indian School is a Catholic institution which accepts students of any faith. It promotes a reverent environment through daily instruction in religion, and it invites others to join the Catholic faith. Its faculty and staff maintain a sensitivity to native cultures, while at the same time striving to create opportunities for shared and public prayer.


High School Summer Hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 3 PM


High School Curriculum

Students follow a college preparatory curriculum with core studies in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, and Science. A variety of elective classes are offered which include art, music, journalism, stength and conditioning. Navajo Government and Language coureses are offered. 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 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.


Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Theology I Theology II Theology III Theology IV
English I English II English III English IV
Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus, Statistics,
or Survey of Math
Biology Chemistry Earth Science
or Biology II
World History U.S. History U.S. Government Economics
Writing Skills Spanish I Spanish II Elective
Physical Education/Health Elective Elective Elective

Credit Specification

28 credits are needed for graduation. In addition, students must earn the indexed number of credits in each of the following areas:

Theology: 4.0 Foreign Language: 2.0
English: 4.0 Mathematics: 4.0
Science: 4.0 Social Studies: 3.0
Physical Ed & Health: 1.0 Electives: 4.0
    Fine / Perfoming Arts 1.0

Grading Standards

Letter Percentage Grade Point Average
A+ 98-100 4.0
A 95-97 4.0
A- 92-94 3.7
B+ 89-91 3.5
B 86-88 3.0
B- 83-85 2.7
C+ 80-82 2.5
C 77-79 2.0
C- 74-76 1.7
D+ 71-73 1.5
D 68-70 1.0
D- 65-67 0.7
F   0.0


1st Honors
3.6 or above GPA
No grade below a “B”
No suspensions during the grading period

2nd Honors
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.

Semester Grades

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.
SMIS 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 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

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.

Three failures:
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.

Academic Dismissal

Dismissal from SMIS 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.