St. Michael's Orthodox School

Welcome to St. Michael's School

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

However, a small school is very difficult to maintain, especially when so many families are struggling to balance their own budgets.  We are very grateful for those who had the means to be so generous to the school, but in May, 2014, we were forced to close our doors.

Although the day to day school is now closed, we will be maintaining the website as a means of offering the fruits of our more than 30 years of experience (each).  We are still inspired by the time our Lord gave us to be in the classroom and we want to do all we can to share what we have learned  (teachers should always learn as much as the students)  with other parents/teachers.

Our goal will be as it always has been - to articulate the principles of an Orthodox Christian education, based on the Orthodox Christian understanding of a human being.  Our goal is also to give practical examples of how to follow these principles in the classroom, whether at home or in a private school.  All that you will see on this website has been actually used, often for many years, in the classroom.

We never advertised ourselves as an highly academic school, but our emphasis on Christian values and personal relationships resulted in graduates who were very successful in their high school studies. Many of them were placed in Advance Placement courses in high school, and some 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

Recent Additions to the Website
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

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 maintained at St. Michael's. Some  called it "the next best thing to home schooling."  While larger educational institutions work on the factory model of education, an Orthodox Christian perspective values the less institutional, more personal teacher-student relationship model. This approach has been very fruitful.  We expected the highest from each student and the students were challenged to fulfill their God-given abilities.  While the best is expected of each, each child is measured according to their ability, not to the ability of others.

 

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
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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