St. Michael School is a K-8 Catholic school that:
- Is accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association
- Uses Standards Based Grading to reflect your child’s achievement of academic standards
- Follows the Diocesan Curriculum with the Catholic school mission in mind, including the option for eighth graders to take Algebra I and test out of Spanish for high school
- Includes a Diocesan Course of Study for Religion with an added supplement of the Montessori-inspired Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS Correlation of Standards)) in Grades K-2
- Provides accountability for our educational program through the Annual Diocese of Columbus Report Card.
- Maintains a Safe Environment, with adults and volunteers adhering to Diocesan Safe Environment Policies.
St. Michael History
On September 3, 1946, Father John Byrne, our founding pastor, and two Joliet Franciscan sisters opened St. Michael Elementary School with forty-four pupils in attendance. The former Chase Mansion on the east side of North High Street was purchased and converted into a combination church, school, and rectory. In 1954, Saint Michael School was built with 11 classrooms, a cafeteria and a kitchen. The Chase Mansion was converted into a convent for Joliet Franciscan Sisters who staffed the school.
Ground was broken in late 1962 and the Saint Michael Church was completed in 1964, with Father Byrne celebrating the first Mass on June 12 as part of the ceremonies for the 1964 graduation class from Saint Michael elementary school. In 1967, the convent was built to be a home for nine Joliet Franciscan Sisters who served the St. Michael school and parish community with dedication for thirty years.
Mrs. Mary Jo Ryan became the first lay principal of Saint Michael School in 1971. In 1988, the school achieved national recognition, receiving the U.S. Department of Education’s “Exemplary School Award.” Father William A. Dunn was named Pastor of St. Michael Parish in 1990 and by 1994, plans were initiated to undertake a major renovation at Saint Michael. In 1997 construction was started and before the project was completed in 1999, virtually no part of Saint Michael’s buildings and grounds was left untouched.
In 2011, Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell invited the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to the Diocese of Columbus to teach and administer St. Michael School. Since then, several Sisters have joined the staff each year, educating and forming the young people in the Faith. The Sisters are continuing the tradition of Dominicans educating in Ohio, which dates back to the 19th century. They encourage all to respond to the universal vocation to holiness through a life of virtue, especially through the Disciple of Christ-Education in Virtue® faith curriculum taught at St. Michael School. Sr. John Paul, O.P, is currently serving as the principal of St. Michael School.
Our current pastor, Fr. Anthony A. Dinovo, Jr., began his work at St. Michael Church in 2012.
My child’s experience in the Atrium has helped her be more attentive during Mass. Last week she said, “Look! The priest is wearing purple, that is because we are preparing for Christmas.” or She understands that Jesus is truly present during the Mass. She said, “Jesus is here with us, just like the Good Shepherd is always with His sheep.”