I have always been a big believer in public schools. We chose our home based on school district. I volunteered extensively every year. Eventually, I had to accept that the standard public school experience was failing my son, despite our best efforts. We acted on a recommendation from our neighbor and enrolled our son at St. Michael's. To say that his two years at this school (7th & 8th grades) transformed his life and trajectory is not an overstatement. His peers were welcoming, his teachers firm but nurturing. All of the defenses he had built up from years of bullying fell away once he realized that he was safe and valued. The educational demands and individual expectations are high, but the support is unrivaled. My son excelled academically and in the arts, and was recognized and encouraged as a leader. He is confident and well-prepared for high school and beyond. We love St. Michael's School!