Education is one of the most important things to consider when you have children. Making sure your child or teen finds a learning environment that fosters their creativity while providing insight and value is so incredibly important when looking for the proper school. For residents at our Southwest Austin apartments, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy makes the decision easy – and the campus is less than a mile away from Barton Creek Villas.
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (SMCA) is a college preparatory institution that also calls themselves a “family of families”. The academy seeks to enroll students looking to pursue college preparatory courses while also participating in the various religious and Christian programs that are vital to the school’s mission. SMCA’s main goal is to inspire lives of service, integrity, courage, and intellectual curiosity.
- Michael’s Catholic Academy currently enrolls 350 students – 75% of the student body practices the Catholic faith.
- Always striving for diversity, 32% of SMCA’s students represent BIPOC.
- The ratio of students to teachers is 9 to 1.
- The average class size is 17 students.
- “100% of the SMCA Class of 2015 and 99% of the Class of 2016 (one gap year student) graduates were accepted to college. Of those 96% percent attend a four-year college, while 4% attend a two-year college,” says the school’s website.
- The all-inclusive tuition (excluding meals and books) is $23,095 per year ($27,400 for international students).
Academic excellence is the hallmark of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. Students will acquire a substantial college preparatory foundation in the scholastic core of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Theology, and World Languages – along with many independent study and elective courses.
Class schedule – SMCA uses a 5-day rotating schedule with seven class periods each day. Classes will vary in length from 45- to 80-minutes, and one period a day is dedicated to a student activity outside of the classroom (study sessions, guest speaker talks, Mass, etc.).
Differentiated learning – Course instruction at St. Michael’s is offered on different levels to help ensure that students are sufficiently challenged. Placement in classes will depend on the student’s aptitude and performance in certain disciplines. Some students may be placed at the highest level in some courses but not in others. The placement is decided under careful consideration of each student’s capabilities and aptitudes.
AP and Honors Classes – For students who are looking for a more rigorous and challenging course of education, SMCA offers Honors and AP courses that explore principles and concepts in greater depth. More independent work will be expected of students enrolled in these courses.
At St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, sparking the creativity, imagination, and potential of students is the main endeavor. By offering a range of extracurricular activities including fine arts and athletics, SMCA places value on both self-expression and mastery of technique.
Arts – The Fine Arts department at SMCA offers a wide array of courses ranging from beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of work. In addition, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their creative work outside of the classroom. Dance, film, music, theater, and visual arts are all options for students at St. Michael’s.
Athletics – St. Michael’s Catholic Academy offers a comprehensive athletic program at a competitive level. Sports offerings include:
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
The HALO Project
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy wants to unlock student potential by creating a new academic wing to meet new education model requirements beyond the classroom. This new wing has been designated as the HALO (Hub for Advanced Learning Opportunities) Project.
On this new section of campus, SMCA will offer classes, workshops, and many other opportunities for students across a wide array of disciplines. They will be able to interact with industry experts in a real-world atmosphere such as a lab, board room, or medical suite.
Learn more about the HALO Project’s floorplans, fundraising, academic opportunities, and more at the school’s website.
Find the Best Education near our Hill Country Apartments
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy wants to help ensure all of their students are as well-prepared as possible – both academically and personally. With the campus under a mile away from your doorstep, SCMA is an excellent choice to help your child prepare for future greatness. Schedule a tour of our apartments in Southwest Austin and make Barton Creek Villas your home.