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St. Michael's Lakeside School

St. Michael's Lakeside School is a coeducational private Catholic montessori school for students in grades Pre-K through 5.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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St. Michael's Lakeside School, in Duluth, MN, accepts students from all faiths and backgrounds. St. Michael's is a Catholic school that provides students with high academics in a faith-filled, values-driven Christian environment. Since 1923, our neighborhood school has set the standard for quality Catholic education, providing a challenging and nurturing classroom experience for students in preschool and kindergarten through fifth grade. We are affiliated with St. Michael’s Catholic Church and part of the Duluth Area Catholic School System in the Diocese of Duluth.

Parents choose St. Michael’s Lakeside School for many reasons. Our licensed teachers, accredited program, and Christ-centered educational approach challenge students to outstanding academic performance and high moral character, preparing them for success in life. Technology is integrated throughout our school. Students have access to a well-equipped computer lab and interactive classroom SMART boards. We also offer specialists in music, physical education, and Spanish, with daily religious instruction and weekly Mass, plus a variety of enrichment and extracurricular activities.

Give your child the gift of Catholic education at St. Michael’s Lakeside School. It is a great investment in their future.


Preschool - Early Childhood Programs ---- and K-5 Elementary programs

At St. Michael's Lakeside School, we offer three distinct preschool options for children ages 3-5 years:

Half-day preschool classes are offered during the school year, Monday-Thursday, with a Friday option based on family enrollment. Morning session hours are 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM, and the afternoon session is 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Tuition for 2015-16 is $1900/year ($190/month) for the four-day option, and $2300/year ($230/month) for the five-day option.

Our all-day preschool options include a traditional preschool classroom and a Montessori classroom. The traditional preschool utilizes the Creative Curriculum, and the Montessori classroom presents an authentic Montessori preschool experience. These all-day options are available year-round, including summers. Tuition in 2015-16 for all-day preschool is $725/month, which includes hot lunch, snacks, and the option of Latchkey care before and after school.

Each program includes age-appropriate academic learning, opportunities for developing fine and large motor skills, and social experiences you would expect in a quality preschool program. Age-appropriate religious education is part of each preschool option as well. In addition to the well-rounded curriculum in each program, all of our preschool students have regular time with our specialists (Physical Education, Music, and Spanish). All of these features are framed by our Catholic Christian understanding that each child is a unique gift, made in God’s image.

St. Michael’s preschool is licensed as a child care center by the state of Minnesota. We participate in the St. Louis County CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) for qualifying families.

Children must be 3 years old and fully toilet-trained to attend preschool at St. Michael’s. Please contact us for a visit and tour! (218-525-1931)

-------------- Kindergarten through 5th grade ------------------- St. Michael’s Lakeside School offers a full-day everyday Kindergarten program.

Highlights of the Kindergarten program include: Reading Readiness utilizing the new SuperKids Reading program Mathematics (Saxon) Social Studies Social Skills Physical Education - with a specialist teacher twice each week Fine/Gross Motor Skills Library Science/Health Music - with a specialist teacher twice each week Art Computer Religion Spanish - with a specialist teacher once per week Outdoor learning experiences

Students must be at least five years old by September 1 to enter the Kindergarten program and must meet all Admissions requirements.

Grades 1-2 Core Curriculum Components: Religion Reading/Phonics/Literature English/Spelling Music - with a specialist teacher twice each week Art Social Skills Computer Handwriting Mathematics Social Studies Science/Health Library Physical Education - with a specialist teacher twice each week Spanish - with a specialist teacher once per week Outdoor learning experiences *Enrichment opportunities are evaluated and offered when available and appropriate.

Grades 3-5 Instruction, assignments, and assessments are individualized to meet students’ needs specifically from an academic as well as social standpoint.

This approach to learning is a result of the continual research and investigation of educational practices and philosophies, and striving to continually meet and exceed the needs of our students.

Core Curriculum Components: Religion Reading/Literature English/Spelling Science/Health Music - with a specialist teacher twice each week Art Computer Handwriting Mathematics Social Studies Library Physical Education - with a specialist teacher twice each week Spanish - with a specialist teacher once per week Social Skills *Enrichment opportunities are evaluated and offered when available and appropriate.

Specialist area classes:
Students in the preschool and elementary grades experience a variety of specialist instruction including music, physical education, Spanish, technology, and library instruction. Specialist teachers, trained in their specific areas of instruction, provide learning opportunities that will expand student imagination, stretch their physical limitations and develop their full potential.

Music Instruction
Students are exposed to a variety of music content throughout their schooling at St. Michael’s. They not only have the chance to exercise their voices but they also learn a variety of content information including composers, music composition, musical theory,  and instruments. Students perform two programs a year, one at Christmas and one in the spring for grandparents and special friends.  
Students receive music instruction twice a week.

Physical Education
Students are able to run, kick, jump, skip and learn athletic skills with the guidance of the Physical Education specialist teacher. They are able to work on gross motor skills as well as learn the value of being physically fit. Physical Education classes are held twice a week.

Spanish Instruction
           Students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture through instruction and activities with a Spanish language             specialist one day each week.

Library Instruction
Students visit our library once per week, or more often as needed. The library is fully automated allowing the students to search the on-line card catalog to find books. Instruction is provided to help students to better understand how the library is organized and where to locate specific books.  Story time is part of the library visit for the younger children.

Technology Instruction
All K-5 students visit the computer lab at least once a week.  There is Smart Board technology in each K-5 classroom as well as computers for student use.

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Michael’s Lakeside School (SMLS) is to offer children a Catholic Christian vision of the world that is guided by reason, shaped by justice, enriched by beauty and devoted to inquiry. SMLS will provide students educational and faith opportunities that will permeate their lives -- with God, family, school, parish and the world. It is our philosophy that Catholic Education provides for the education of the whole child including the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual growth of the students.

St. Michael's Lakeside School strives to recognize all students as unique gifts made in God’s image, redeemed by Christ, and called to an eternal destiny.

We recognize parents as the primary educators and see ourselves as partners in education. As facilitators, we seek to integrate Catholic values into daily living by providing a Christ-centered community of worship, study, work and play. We assist students to make their Catholic faith living, conscious and active. We challenge students at St. Michael's Lakeside School to value themselves, to deepen their relationship with God, to open their hearts to love of neighbor and to build a world community linked by justice.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.



Academic Calendar: Year

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 77
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 37
Kindergarten 8
1 7
2 5
3 10
4 1
5 9

St. Michael's Lakeside School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing St. Michael's Lakeside School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Gender 51% Male / 49% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 43%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
Multi-racial 3%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%
Principal   William Van Loh


Starting in Kindergarten, students can participate in the chorus of our annual spring musical. SMLS has performed a musical in the spring for over 20 years. It is a wonderful enrichment tradition. Students in grades 3-4-5 can be cast members in our annual spring musical. All students who wish to be in the performance will receive a speaking part. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students are encouraged to participate in the group parts of the spring musical. Grade 5 makes an annual trip to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (ELC). The students spend two nights at the ELC and participate in numerous environmental education experiences. Each year in February and March, our students in grades 3-4-5 have the opportunity to participate in Ski Club at Spirit Mountain.

Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

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