Strategic Direction 2020-2024

Be, Belong, Become.

On behalf of St. Michael’s College School and our Strategic Planning Committee, I am pleased to share Strategic Direction 2020-2024.

This document represents the culmination of an important and insight-filled 20-month journey, which included:

  • Creation of a Strategic Planning Committee
  • Engagement of an external organization to lead community outreach and interviews
  • Consultation with individual students, parents, staff, and administration 
  • Commitment to the recommendations of the ‘A Time For Renewal’ independent review report
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Central in this document are the key pillars that will underpin our work moving forward. These pillars align us to our mission, vision, and values dating over a century and a half. At the same time, they are critical to focusing our work on the future with the confidence, commitment, and courage to boldly progress in an ever-evolving world.

The past two years may have been some of the most challenging the St. Michael’s College School community has faced.  No more challenging than the courageous band of priests who, 168 years ago, gathered at the height of the French Revolution to keep the spirit of Christ and learning alive by forming the Congregation of St. Basil.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy."

Built on a foundation of trust and faith in teaching Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge, our planning is a response to the needs of our students, community, and the world. It confirms our deep commitment to a future of well-being, belonging, service, and excellence in learning and life.

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We are blessed with strong engagement from our community through this entire process. We deeply appreciate the time people gave to share their experiences, thoughts, and feedback.

While our timelines were interrupted by COVID-19, we have continued to move forward with our commitment to providing an environment that allows every student to Be, Belong, and Become who they are meant to be.

St. Michael's College School remains united in providing an exceptional student experience and empowering every student to become the very best version of themselves. We are committed to developing leaders who are the best for the world.

I invite you to review our plan. It will be the lens through which we drive learning and teaching, the framework that will hold each of us accountable to excellence in Catholic education. It will focus our story and uphold our vision to graduate young men who will change the world through lives of faith, character, and service as men of St. Michael’s.


Mr. James McKinnon

Please note: All photos used in these publications were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SMCS Strategic Direction 2020-2024 document cover

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2020-2024 Postcard

SMCS Strategic Direction 2020-2024 postcard


Please note: All photos used in these publications were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.