Characteristics such as perseverance, positivity, and responsibility are intentionally woven into our curriculum because we believe in educating the whole person. Smaller class sizes, individualized instruction, counseling, and strong mentoring helps struggling students overcome barriers to their success. Our dedicated teachers are highly qualified and wholly committed to the San Miguel model, which sets high expectations for growth, achievement and service. Under these rigorous standards, our students continue to rise to the occasion. Students graduate from San Miguel ready for the challenges of high school.
By incorporating literacy into everything we do, San Miguel puts the English Language Learner (ELL) student on a trajectory for academic and personal success. San Miguel's student to teacher ratio of 12:1 helps students receive the support and structure they need to grow. With our individualized teaching model, students become excited about reading. Our goal at San Miguel is to take a 6th grade class and bring them up to grade level by the time they graduate. All classes are taught in English and we help struggling students overcome barriers to their success by:
• Limiting core class sizes to 12.
• Providing 120 minutes of Language Arts each day focusing on reading,
writing and vocabulary.
• Extending the school days and school year. San Miguel students spend an
estimated 300 more hours in school per year than their peers in public
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) (Fab Lab)
Because the ELL student struggles to master academic content, our teachers incorporate literacy into every lesson. Math and science are no exception. We expose our students to technology and engineering projects whenever possible, often through our enrichment programming. For example, we recently partnered with Fab Lab Tulsa to create a pilot program where students built a working circuit board from scratch. This collaboration provided students an opportunity to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Summer - Extra Help
Students arrive on San Miguel Tulsa's campus nearly 2 years behind academically. Our Summer Program is designed for those that require extra help to achieve grade level by graduation.
All students participate in Summer Literacy. Teachers choose a book for every one to read over the summer with a review and test upon return to school in the fall.
Aaron’s Camp is a 80-acre ranch, 13 miles northeast of Locust Grove, OK, that includes woodlands, meadow, ponds, wildlife, and a Pavilion with accommodations for 25 individuals. For several years, San Miguel Tulsa has partnered with Aaron's camp to provide an academic enrichment opportunity for our students. (http://www._aksfoundation.com)
San Miguel provides numerous enrichment activities after school, helping to increase the self-esteem of each student. Our fall and spring Intersession classes provide opportunities to engage in a change of pace for schedule but realize clear mission-oriented objectives. Additionally, San Miguel partners with Bishop Kelley and Cascia Hall to enable our students to attend a wide variety of programs and field trips. Students visit area high schools and colleges to help them envision a plan for their continued education.
Our school families must qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program in order to attend San Miguel. Breakfast and lunch are served each school day. In fact, San Miguel serves over 20,000 federally subsidized nutritious meals each school year. Gourmet on the Go, our catering vendor, has been a true partner for years. If you would like to donate to the nutrition program please click on the "Donate Here" button below.
The Graduate Support Program (GSP) provides alumni with intensive academic and personal support, application (financial, enrollment, testing) assistance for high school, college and career advising, community referral services, tutoring services, opportunities for volunteering and community-building. Extensive support to students, alumni and parents is an essential component of San Miguel Tulsa’s dynamic educational model and our holistic approach is critical to the formation of the whole family. Services and supports offered to alumni and their families to match the different phases through which our graduates move along the pathway to educational and life success:
For questions about Graduate Support at San Miguel, contact Alison Stookey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community - Reaching out
Partnering and volunteers are the secret to running a highly efficient and cost effective program. From our earliest days, we began forging community partnerships. We have been fortunate to count as our friends: The University of Tulsa, Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Hispanic American Foundation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Association, Fab Lab of Tulsa and Community Action Project.
Parent / Learning Team Meetings
We recognize that parents are always the primary educators of their children and seek to affirm this in all of our school policies. San Miguel Tulsa realizes 100% participation in Learning Team Meetings. Learning team meetings involve students, parents, all appropriate teachers and administrators. They meet once each quarter to review the students' progress. These meetings do not replace more urgent meetings required for students.
San Miguel Tulsa realizes that students must eventually integrate into society/Tulsa community. Students begin early in 6th grade learning how to greet visitors (e.g., San Miguel "handshake") and interact with other schools through sports and social gatherings.
San Miguel Tulsa recognizes the benefits from regular exercise and integrates exercise throughout the day leveraging programs such as "Brain Gym"©, a disciplined physical education (PE) curriculum, and sports teams.