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.