St. Michael's Academy

Inspired Minds

Faith-Filled Hearts

Tomorrow's Leaders

Admissions

Admissions

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in St. Michael's Academy. We are delighted that you are considering a partnership with us in the education of your child.

St. Michael's Academy was founded in 2009 but draws upon the tradition of over one hundred years of Catholic education in the city of Springfield, sharing the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.

Through an innovative, rigorous curriculum and a culture of high expectations and mentored learning, we ignite a love of learning within our students and guide them to be life-long learners. Our integrated curriculum is defined by clear learning expectations where students are readied at each grade for success at the next level. We provide a safe environment both physically but emotionally as well. An environment where students are not afraid to take risks for fear of failure. A nurturing, inclusive environment where students come to know and appreciate students from diverse traditions and backgrounds.

We invite you to learn more about St. Michael's Academy by visiting us or by contacting the Admissions Office at 413.782.5246 or via our Admissions Contact Form.


Why Should You Send Your Child To St. Michael's Academy?


Why should you send your child to St. Michael's Academy?

As a parent, you want the very best for your child and when it comes to education, that statement could not be more true.  On behalf of St. Michael's Academy, welcome to the largest Catholic elementary school in western Massachusetts serving students from prekindergarten through eighth grade.  


Our mission at St. Michael's Academy is not just to provide an outstanding academic experience but to also "ignite" a love of learning within our students. We strive to educate the whole child in a safe and welcoming environment where students and their families feel that they are a part of a larger community. Through an innovative and technology enhanced curriculum, our students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills helping them to experience academic success.


Equally important is learning how to live a faith-based life that teaches respect, strong moral character and the value of service to others. Our students learn that a relationship with God is the strongest, life-long friendship that they can ever acquire.


Our school welcomes students from all religious backgrounds and encourages a sharing of diverse cultures. Our dedicated and talented faculty form a partnership with families in the education and formation of each student.


And remember that our graduates enjoy success among our area’s best private and public high schools, and continue on to top-notch colleges and universities.


We welcome you to visit us and see first-hand the educational opportunity that awaits your child! Let us tell you about the many aspects of our school, answer your questions and provide you with a private tour. Appointments can be made by calling (413) 782-5246 or by emailing us by clicking here


I hope to hear from you!


Nancy Coley, Director of Admissions


 


    


St. Michael's Academy New Student Application

To apply to St. Michael's Academy, please click here:
https://app.praxischool.com/ext_createOnlineForm.php?p=5246&i=3

Tuition Information


Tuition Information

St. Michael’s Academy is
proud to offer an outstanding and affordable private education for children in
grades PreK though 8th grade in a faith-centered learning environment.
Our mission is to provide a solid, well rounded foundation of  learning
that will prepare students for lives of continued learning, service and
leadership. A variety of tuition grant opportunities are also available.

Tuition Rates: 

2019-20 Academic Year

 Kindergarten through Grade 8 
  

1st Child  …………………... $4,350               

2nd
Child ………………….  $4,200

3rd
Child …………………..  $4,050

4th
Child  ………………….  No Charge

 Preschool Program (Ages 3 and 4)

Offers
full-week and limited partial week options

5 full days
……………………………………………...$5,600

5 full days with sibling
attending SMA ……... $5,350

3 full days,
Monday/Wednesday/Friday…...  $3,900

2 full days, Tuesday/Thursday …………………  $2,840

Tuition Deposit: A $300 non-refundable per
new student
 is due at the time of application.   Please
note, we are unable to process your application until the deposit, birth certificate and immunization records are received.  The deposit will be applied to your annual tuition. 

Cost to Educate: The current cost to St.
Michael’s  Academy to educate each child in grades K to 8 is $5700.  It is through the generous support of our
donors to the Fund for SMA and the Diocese of Springfield that we are able
to offer tuition rates at a discount below our actual costs to operate. Thank
you to all who continue to support the mission of St. Michael’s Academy through
their annual contributions. An investment in a Catholic education provides a
lifetime of rewards for your child.

Payment Information

  Payment
Policy

 1.    A non-refundable tuition deposit is
required at the time of registration (see attached Tuition    Information
Sheet).  The deposit is applied toward the student’s tuition
account.  Students will not be registered until the Academy receives
a completed registration form and tuition deposit. 

 2.    Payment may be made by cash,
check, or through FACTS Management Company.  The Academy reserves the
right to require payment in cash or by bank check when the Academy has received
a check payment that has not cleared the bank.  In this case the
Academy reserves the right to require all future payments in cash or by bank
check.

3.    Students whose tuition accounts are
delinquent by two months are at risk of being excluded from class until the
account is brought current.  Students who are in the eighth grade and
whose tuition is not paid in full by May 20th may be denied
participation in the end of year activities and graduation exercises.

 4.    Parents/guardians who are
experiencing financial difficulty should contact the Business Office or
Admissions Office as soon as possible.  We encourage families to
apply for tuition grants whenever possible.      

Payment Options

Tuition and fees may be paid by cash, check, or electronic
withdrawal in accordance with one of the following options. 

Full Payment Option - Payment in
full must be received on or before June 30th
.  Payment is
made directly to St. Michael’s Academy.  If payment is not made by June 30th,
enrollment in the monthly payment option below is required.  Payments will
begin in July for any remaining tuition balance.

Monthly Payment Option - Monthly payments made via
electronic withdrawals by FACTS Management Company from payer’s checking or
savings account. Withdrawals are made on the 5th or 20th of
each month, begin in July and may be budgeted over a maximum of 11 months. 
FACTS collects an annual enrollment fee for this service.  For families
already enrolled in FACTS, signing the agreement section of the registration
form and submitting it for registration will authorize St. Michael’s to
automatically activate your account.  To set-up a new agreement, go
to:   https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4GSBK

 Withdrawal
Policy

























































St. Michael’s Academy considers the cost of education as a full
school year expense.  Enrollment numbers dictate the number of
teachers and academic materials that are needed for each student’s full-year
participation.  Please be aware that if you withdraw your
previously registered student after July 1 and before the start of the academic
year, you will be responsible for one quarter of the tuition. If a withdrawal
occurs after the start of the academic year, you will be responsible for
tuition due to the end of the quarter you withdraw in.  
Families
who choose to withdraw their child/ren from St. Michael’s must notify the
Academy in writing.  The family is responsible for   contacting
the Business Office to cancel the FACTS payment plan.  The FACTS
tuition account will remain open until all outstanding debts for tuition and
the extended day program are satisfied. The payment of tuition is a serious commitment
and it is important to stay current in making tuition payments.    

Tuition Information
Download: Tuition_Information_Updated.pub

Testimonials


Tuition Assistance/Appeals

Avenues of Tuition Assistance


 St. Michael’s Academy is able to offer the following options for tuition assistance to its families. Please note that tuition assistance is typically not available for PreK students.


 


SMA Tuition Grants


St. Michael’s Academy has funding available for families (Catholic and non-Catholic) who demonstrate financial need.  Both income and expenses are taken into consideration. To qualify, you must complete the financial aid application through FACTS and pay an application fee of $30. To do so, please visit: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4GSBK. You will need to have your previous year’s income tax forms available.  If you have already completed a FACTS application for Diocesan Financial Aid, you do NOT need to complete a second application.


Average awards range from $250 to $1,000 depending on the number of applications and financial need. We encourage families to apply.


Parish Grants


Parish grants are available through local Catholic parishes for parishioners who are in good standing. To qualify for a parish grant, your pastor must complete the “Parish Grant Application” and return it to Nancy DeMars in our Tuition Office.  Upon receipt of the approved Parish Grant Application, the award will be applied to your tuition and your monthly payments will be recalculated.  The amount of your award will be determined by your pastor.  The application must be submitted on an annual basis and is based on parish participation rather than financial need.


 


Diocesan Financial Aid


Diocesan Financial Aid is available for students in kindergarten through grade eight.  Diocesan Financial Aid will be applied to tuition upon notification from the Diocese of Springfield.  Families need only one application to cover all their children enrolled in our Diocesan elementary and high schools.  To qualify for Diocesan Financial Aid, you must:



  • Be an active member of a Catholic Parish in the Diocese of  Springfield;

  • Demonstrate financial need within the Diocesan guidelines;

  • Actively support and attend your Parish Church and have approval from your pastor;

  • Complete the financial aid application each year through FACTS. The FACTS program charges an application fee of $35.



To do so, please   visit: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4GSBK 


 


Appeal of Tuition Assistance Decision


If your application for tuition assistance has been denied and your financial status has changed since you filed your income tax return or you are experiencing financial difficulty, you may appeal your decision. Please contact the tuition office for the appeal form and submit to the Diocese and/or St. Michael’s Academy Business Office.


Admissions Contact Us
We invite you to learn more about St. Michael's Academy by visiting us, by contacting the Admissions Office at 413.782.5246 or by filling out the form below.

Thank You For Requesting More Information!

 


Thank you for your inquiry. It would be our pleasure to provide additional details about St. Michael's Academy. Someone from our team will be in touch with you in the next 24-48 hours. In the meantime, please feel free to explore St. Michael's Academy in greater detail by clicking on one of the areas below. We look forward to sharing our school with you!


Inspired Minds...Faith-Filled Hearts...Tomorrow's Leaders


 


Admissions Information
Admissions Information

 


 


St. Michael's Academy holds a number of different opportunities and events throughout the school year for prospective students and their families.  Whether it is an open house, admissions information session or private appointment, we are always available to provide details about the Academy and to answer any questions you may have.


We welcome students from all cultures, religions and backgrounds - come and experience the St. Michael's Academy difference! Simply contact the Admissions Department at (413) 782-5246, ext. 1208. We are here to help!


Inspired Minds...Faith-filled Hearts...Tomorrow's Leaders
That's the St. Michael's Academy difference!


 


 


Visit Us
Visit Us
One of the best ways to learn more about St. Michael's Academy is to come and see us in action! We provide several different opportunities for students and families to visit SMA. Questions? Call the Admission Office at 782-5246 ext. 1208.

Parent/Student Forms
Please review the Application Process page for a list of documents required for a complete application at each grade level.



Application Process

St. Michael's Academy welcomes visitors and encourages families to come and tour the school. Please feel free to call to set up an appointment! During the tour, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and see first-hand the educational experience that awaits your child!

We are able to accept new students, according to the availability of space, on a "first come, first served" basis. St. Michael's Academy "officially" begins accepting students on April 1st but applications may be submitted on or after January 1st. These applications will then be accepted in the order that they are receiving beginning on April 1st. Priority is given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

The following is a list of requirements for an application to be considered complete.  We are unable to "hold" space until we receive your completed application, a signed tuition agreement and $300 application fee. Please be aware that if your child is accepted for admission,  this application fee will be applied directly towards tuition.  


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admission Office via the website, email or by calling (413) 782-5246, ext. 1208. We hope to see you soon!


Invest in a child's education AND their future at St. Michael's Academy!

Application Process

Set Up Your FACTS Account

Before and After School Program


Before And After School Program

St. Michael’s Academy offers before and after school care to assist working parents with the supervision of their children.



The Before School Program begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 8 a.m.



The After School Program begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.



 In the morning, the program revolves around quiet time involving playing board games or reading.  This program is held indoors.  In the afternoon, the program includes homework or quiet time as well as supervised play.  The cost of the Before and After School Program (morning and/or afternoon) is separate from the St. Michael’s Academy monthly tuition.



A registration form is mailed to every St. Michael’s Academy family during the summer.  Parents/guardians who are interested in enrolling their children are asked to complete this form and return it to school by the stated date in August.  Children may be enrolled on a day-to-day basis, on a weekly basis, or on a drop-in basis.  



Cost for 2019-20 school year:



First child:  $4.25 per hour



Second child:  $2.75 per hour



Third child:  $1.00 per hour



There is a 1/2 hour minimum charge per stay.



 Bills for the Before and After School Program are sent home on Fridays in the family envelope.  The billing period covers the previous Thursday through Wednesday of the current week.  Payment is due upon receipt.  Participation in the Before and After School Program is contingent upon timely payment of your account.   Students may be denied participation in the Before and After School Program when accounts become past due.



 The Before and After School Program is not in session when school is closed (e.g. holidays, snow days, delayed opening, vacation times) and when there is an early dismissal.



 

Download: Before_and_After_School_Program.pdf

Preschool Admissions

We offer full-day preschool with partial-week options. There are no half-day options for preschool. All preschool applicants must be potty-trained by the time they begin preschool. Please refer to Application Process for additional information. Preschool students are NOT eligible for tuition assistance.


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