Why Choose St. Michael School?

 

 

Why Choose St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mission:

St. Michael Catholic School is a vital part of the mission of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. St. Michael School provides a Christ-centered Cathoilc education, with a focus on academic excellence and individual student development.

Our Curriculum:

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School works in collaboration with the Diocese of Raleigh. The curriculum is developed through the diocese and aligned with aspects of Common Core, and integrates our Catholic values and beliefs across all grade levels and subject areas.

View the curriculum of the Diocese of Raleigh.

View the StMS Informational Brochure.

Our Principal:

Mrs. Tara Navarro


Navarro has been a professional dedicated to Catholic education for more than 10 years. After graduation from Furman University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she obtained her master’s degree in Education from the University of Dayton. She began her teaching career in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to North Carolina. She joined St. Michael School in 2006 as a middle school Language Arts and Religion instructor. Throughout her years teaching, Navarro served both the school and parish in many different capacities. For example, in her “free-time,” she served as a Confirmation sponsor for seven people, including four former students who wanted Navarro to be a spiritual advisor to them.

In 2009, Navarro obtained her North Carolina K-12 Principal’s License after completing additional coursework for Catholic Administration at the University of Dayton. Since then, Navarro has demonstrated district-wide leadership in various ways: serving on various AdvancED External Review teams conducting accreditations at other schools; collaborating with other Diocese of Raleigh principals on various projects; presenting at Diocesan conferences; and completing the Diocese of Raleigh School Leadership Academy. At St. Michael School, Navarro has held many leadership roles: Assistant Principal, Director of Admissions, Director of Media and Public Relations, Athletic Director, co-writer for the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon application, Language Arts Department Chairperson, and even former assistant coach to the Girls Varsity and Boys JV basketball teams!
In recent years as Assistant Principal, Navarro met with every teacher on a weekly basis in order to facilitate the implementation of new Professional Learning Teams (PLTs). These weekly meetings across grade levels and subject areas yield reflection and cross-curricular planning, all while infusing the most up-to-date pedagogy based on educational research and best practices into the classroom. As St. Michael School strives to continually improve, weekly PLTs is one way that Navarro and the teachers have had the opportunity to engage in ongoing professional dialogue aimed at systematically enhancing teaching and learning.


As Director of Admissions in recent years, Navarro built strong relationships with new and prospective families, thus impacting St. Michael’s strong enrollment across grade levels. As waitlists grew, Navarro worked diligently and collaboratively with former principal Viana in order to strategically enhance the rigor of the academic program while simultaneously strengthening the school’s tangible Catholic identity, for example through the addition of weekly all-school Mass.


“I’m so blessed to serve St. Michael Catholic School as principal! This is a role I have aspired to and prepared for since the day I decided to be a Catholic educator. I am thankful for this tremendous opportunity to serve our St. Michael community as both the spiritual and academic leader,” said Navarro.


“We are fortunate to have such dedicated, talented, and caring educators; a supportive pastor, Monsignor Doug Reed, as well as clergy; and extremely committed, caring parents. In the past few years, our school has continued to improve the hiring of talented new faculty members, our commitment to ongoing and clear communication, customized professional development for teachers, curriculum enhancements, strategic technology initiatives, and strong fiscal responsibility. I am honored to lead us forward as we continually strive to be a model school of excellence in our country,” she said.


Navarro and her husband, Jonathan, have two children: Jenna is in Kindergarten at St. Michael School, and Ryan will be in Pre-Kindergarten in the fall. The family enjoys being together outdoors; going to museums; spending time with extended family in North Carolina, the Northeast, and the Midwest; and taking time each day to appreciate all of God’s many blessings! Finally, Navarro is an avid golfer, having been a Division I Scholarship athletic for the nationally ranked Furman University Women’s Golf team. 

Our Families:

Parents at St. Michael Catholic School are active participants in the school community. Through the Parent Teacher Organization, they organize social, educational, and fundraising events to benefit the school. Our parents volunteer hundreds of hours each year, confer regularly with faculty to monitor their students' academic progress, and serve on school committees to offer their professional expertise to improve all areas of the school. 

Our Faculty:

St. Michael Catholic School employs 35 full-time teachers and 17part-time instructional teacher assistants. Several teachers have been teaching at the school since it opened in 1999 and have become beloved by current and alumni families. We also have many teachers who have joined us in the past several years, bringing their passion for education and best practices to our school community.

Our Students: 

At present, St. Michael Catholic School serves 530 students from PreKindergarten through Grade 8. We have two classrooms in each grade with the exception of PreKindergarten, which has one classroom. Our teacher to student ratios are as follows:

PreK: 1:10; K-3: 1:12; 4-5: 1:14; 6-8: smaller groups of thirds for three of eight classes.

Our students are economically and ethnically diverse, and we are committed to improving diversity. The school serves students with varying academic strengths and employs resource assistants and a school counselor to aid students academically and socially. Many siblings attend the school, and we strive to admit siblings as space permits.

Our Alumni:

St. Michael Catholic School graduated its first eighth-grade class in 2002. Our alumni have had successful high school and college careers, and many are now serving in the military and working in their chosen professions. We feature our alumni periodically in our school's newsletter, The Messenger.