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Personal Responsibility. Confidence. Critical Thinking. Prepared for the Challenges Ahead.


Upper school (middle school) is a challenging and exciting time. We believe that the middle school years are critical to a child's development into adulthood. 


We emphasize opportunities to build their moral compass as well as confidence in their intellectual abilities - encouraging them to ask questions and think critically. Our inquiry-based learning style involves asking questions, problem solving and drawing parallels from a variety of solutions. We focus on the classics and root words to prepare them for the ACT and SAT they will encounter in high school.


Upper school students are also on a block schedule and experience a greater level of independence as they change classes, which prepares them for high school where higher levels of personal responsibility are required.


Teachers communicate frequently with each other to individualize each student’s education as much as possible. We work with each student according to his or her proficiency and special talents in each discipline.

Students study eight different subjects each day. Beginning in the sixth year, our students learn the fundamentals of how to write a research paper, and will write one paper each year. All students complete Pre-Alegbra, Algebra, and Algebra I.

Students can also apply for membership in BETA, participate in service projects, attend and facilitate weekly Mass.


Science Instructor

Mrs. Mary Gomes

Language Arts Instructor

Mrs. Haley Tomaszewski

Mathematics Instructor

Mrs. Cindy Brandolini

History Instructor

Mr. Zachary White

Click on a subject to learn more about our teachers!


Upper School Curriculum

The 2021-2022 school year saw new curriculum for language arts introduced through Memoria Press, while history is offered through the TAN Story of Civilization accompanied by The Catholic Textbook Project. The 2022-2023 school year will see new curriculum introduced for mathematics, science, and religion. Upper school will also begin Latin language instruction in the 2022-2023 school year, in addition to Saint Michael's already offered foreign language of Spanish. We are also very excited to announce that upper school will be offered electives in the 2022-2023 school year.


You can also click here for details about the North Carolina Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards.

Year 8 is our final grade at Saint Michael and focuses on preparing our students to graduate Saint Michael with a strong intellectual foundation, and a faithful, service-based nature, ready to enter into highschool and the world.

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