St. Michael's Orthodox School

Welcome to St. Michael's School

St. Michael’s is a Orthodox Christian elementary school in southwest Santa Rosa, in beautiful Sonoma County, California. Some of our children's parents have said that it is the "best kept secret of Sonoma County". The school was established in 1994 and is deliberately small. We generally have between 12 and 18 students.  With three very experienced teachers, the children receive a well-rounded education, filled with art, poetry, practical work experience and loving attention.

Although we have never presented ourselves as an highly academic school, our emphasis on Christian values and personal relationships have resulted in graduates who have been very successful in their high school studies. Many of them have been placed in Advance Placement courses in high school, or have immediately started taking junior college courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Weekly Music Class
Weekly Music Class
Weekly Music Class
Making Candles
Making Candles
Making Candles

Smart Children Who Have Trouble Learning

We have posted a new article in the "Articles on Education" section of the website.  As the title states, it concerns smart children who have trouble learning.  The article presents not only a description of why the children have trouble, but also what to do about it.  To go directly to the article, click here.

Results of Lack of "Tummy-time"

Shortly after we wrote and posted the article "Smart Children Who have Trouble Learning", one of our former students sent us a link to an article concerning the lack of what many are calling "tummy-time."  We offer this article in our efforts to educate parents about the crucial role of developmental movements.  The article is here.


Continuing the Description of the School
Children thrive and develop in a warm, personal setting and this is the atmosphere we maintain at St. Michael's. Some have called it "the next best thing to home schooling."  While larger educational institutions work on the factory model of education, St. Michael's values the less institutional, more personal teacher-student relationship model. This approach has been very fruitful.  We expect the highest from each student and the students are challenged to fulfill their God-given abilities.  Yet, the children are measured according to their ability, not to the ability of others.

Although we are an Orthodox Christian school, not all students are Orthodox Christians. They have come from many backgrounds.
Using Buttons to Learn about Biological Classifications
Using Buttons to Learn about Biological Classifications
Using Buttons to Learn about Biological Classifications
Making a Linoleum Block Cut
Making a Linoleum Block Cut
Making a Linoleum Block Cut

In 2006, our local paper, The Press Democrat, ran a short article about our church and school. They described the property as "a sanctuary of swaying trees and tidy buildings, a 2-acre island of tranquility." Many people who visit tell us that they "never knew this church and school were here". Please visit the church's web site at holydormitionchurch.org.

We hope that parents who may be interested in St. Michael's will get a good sense of the spirit of the school through this site, especially the sections History and Philosophy, Articles on Education, and Newsletters.

If you have any questions about the school, please contact us at 707-545-0861 or jkhughes@stmichaelschool.us.

We attempt to produce a newsletter at least once a year. To see the latest one, click here.  We also have PDF files of newsletters produced in previous years.  You may find these in the Newsletters section of the web site.

We also hope that other parents and teachers can benefit from our combined 50+ years experience, both in homeschooling and in a classroom setting.

Planting Daffodils
Planting Daffodils
Planting Daffodils
Cutting A Hand-Made Jigsaw puzzle
Cutting A Hand-Made Jigsaw puzzle
Cutting A Hand-Made Jigsaw puzzle
Using a Pulley System to Remove Old Fence Posts
Using a Pulley System to Remove Old Fence Posts
Using a Pulley System to Remove Old Fence Posts
Former Students Return for
Former Students Return for "Old Fogie Day"
Former Students Return for "Old Fogie Day"


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