Preparing for university success with a challenging and diverse curriculum St. Michael’s College School provides a modern, Liberal Arts, Catholic education for young men in Grades 7-12.
The focus of a Liberal Arts education is to liberate the mind and to prepare students to be independent and critical thinkers who embrace the diverse challenges of today’s world. Throughout their time at St. Michael’s College School, students are encouraged to take a wide breadth of courses in the humanities, mathematics, and sciences, thereby preparing them for further studies and future careers.
The Grades 7-8 intermediate programme prepares students academically for our university preparatory high school curriculum. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for the young men to transition socially into the high school setting seamlessly. Grades 7-8 students participate in a digitally integrated programme that develops 21st-century learning skills, which complement the intermediate curriculum. The Grades 9-12 academic programme provides a Liberal Arts education for university-bound students. All courses are taught at the academic level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.
St. Michael’s College School offers an extensive outdoor experiential education programme through which students develop leadership skills, gain an appreciation for the outdoors, and learn about each other. These out-of-classroom experiences help our students to forge the bonds of brotherhood and develop a deeper sense of community spirit.
During a student’s tenure at St. Michael’s College School, there is an expectation that he will complete community service hours. The Ministry of Education requires 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. Moreover, our students are required to fulfill additional Christian service hours through the Grade 11 service day and the Grade 12 Christian service programme.
St. Michael’s College School is committed to preparing our students for a diverse and challenging world. Many of them will embark on career paths that may not even exist yet. St. Michael’s College School is a member of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international group that seeks to enhance the learning experience of students by focusing on the six C’s of 21st-century global competency, which include character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. In order to achieve this goal, we focus our efforts on four pillars, which include leveraging digital technology, enhancing and expanding the learning environment, forming learning partnerships between the student, teacher, and community, and using a fusion of proven pedagogical practices and emerging innovative techniques.
Community Partnerships enhance Deep Learning for our students with experiential learning opportunities through a variety of enriching opportunities, from legal and architectural firms to medical and political placements, to name a few. Through community partnerships, students experience mentorship, out-of-classroom learning, and innovative projects that enhance classroom learning.
One of the pillars of Deep Learning is leveraging digital technology, which involves embedding digital technologies into classroom practice in an effort to accelerate, amplify, and add value to learning. Students are encouraged to use technology as a means to access content through research, but also to share their learning creatively. Technology encourages students to work collaboratively with each other and with our community partners. Teachers use technology as both a teaching and communication tool, as well as a means to connect students deeply with learning opportunities.
St. Michael’s College School offers a number of extended learning opportunities during the summer. The International Summer Academy gives students a chance to earn credits in unique learning environments. Past opportunities to study abroad have included the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Croatia, Italy, and France. Additionally, we offer two fully online courses in Careers and Civics during the early summer. All of these courses are taught by St. Michael’s College School faculty. They offer students a unique opportunity to experience the world and to learn in an enriching environment.