Saint Michael is dedicated to developing the full potential of each student: spiritually, academically, artistically, and athletically. In doing so, we offer a classic, college-preparatory curriculum with a wide range of science, mathematics, English, foreign language, and history courses, as well as, numerous honors and Advanced Placement (AP) sections that accommodate students with varying levels of ability.
It is the school’s intent to make each student, regardless of previous schooling or personal aptitude, a self-disciplined and capable young adult who will undertake college level work with success and interest. Our approach incorporates an A/B day schedule which is similar a lot of universities use. Each student is enrolled in eight academic courses per semester, and attends four, 85-minute classes per day, alternating Period 1,2,3,4 (“A” day) with Period 5,6,7,8 (“B” day). Also termed “block scheduling”, this approach enables teachers to augment the learning experience with greater depth and classroom discussion, while providing students the opportunity to enhance their cooperative learning and study skills.
For students wishing to garner advanced college credit, a number of Advanced Placement (AP) sections available. Saint Michael also offers opportunities to participate in independent study, research projects, and internship programs to further enhance the curriculum in a hands-on setting.
Our course offerings are:
Saint Michael the Archangel High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
For additional information on the comprehensive SACS CASI accreditation process, visit www.advanc-ed.org.
SMHS students follow an A/B Block Schedule. Four classes are taken one day, four different classes are taken the next day, and the schedule repeats itself. Periodically a C Day with speakers or House events is scheduled. Students are informed of A, B, and C Days as well as sporting events, club events, uniforms, etc. in “The Week Ahead,” our weekly newsletter.
Saint Michael uses a weighted point system to reflect student performance. More difficult courses, namely honors and AP, are weighted more than standard courses.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
All students enrolled in an AP class will be required remit a nonrefundable payment due at the time of registration to take the AP exam in the spring. Additionally, students who choose not to take the AP exam after exams are ordered will be required to reimburse the school for the cost of the test and any associated penalties imposed on the school by the College Board.
To qualify for honors credit, a worthy student will complete additional assignments and assessments in what are otherwise standard courses of instruction; such credit is not available for freshman-level courses.
Grade reporting for the academic year will be two interim advisories per semester. The alphabetic grades on these reports will provide a snapshot of the student’s progress and are used administratively to determine eligibility for extracurricular participation. Parents are able to consistently review students' grades online on Gradelink. Students have access, too. Taking personal responsibility for one's own education is crucial to preparing the student for their future as an adult.
Semester exams are given at the end of a semester and are averaged into the semester grades which are numeric and used not only to determine eligibility for extracurricular participation but for the Honor Roll as well.
The final numeric grade for a year-long course is derived from the average of the two semester grades.
The Honor Roll is announced upon the issuance of semester report cards. Students who have a report card with no grade lower than a 95 make First Honors. Students with no grade lower than 90 make Second Honors, and those with no grade lower than 85 make Third Honors. A student must take at least five classes to be named to the Honor Roll.
The Summa Cum Laude diploma is for the student who wishes to pursue the most challenging course of study for all four years and requires 32 credits which include; four years each of math, science, literature, English, theology, history and foreign language. Additionally, of the core subjects of literature, English, theology and history, one honors course must be taken as a freshman, two as a sophomore, two or three AP courses as a junior two or three AP courses must be taken as a senior. The Summa Cum Laude exceeds the requirements for college entrance and is based upon the graduation requirements at St. Michael the Archangel High School.
*Transfer students may, in order to meet the rigorous curriculum, supplement participating in a 2 seasonal sports with PE II, with the seasonal coach’s approval. Should the student not letter or complete the sports seasons then the student is required to meet the P.E. requirement.
The Magna Cum Laude is the college preparatory diploma, and is designed to exceed the admission requirements of most state universities. It provides an academically rigorous course of study Students are required to take 30 credits; four combined classes in English and literature, theology, math, science, history and three in foreign languages. The Magna Cum Laude is the perfect diploma for the student who is preparing for college.
The Standard Diploma exceeds the State of Virginia High school graduation requirements, and is designed for the student who needs to make significant changes to the course of study, or who may not be planning on attending a four-year college immediately after high school.
The standard diploma provides a course of study that Students are required to take 26 credits It is important to note that the minimum graduation requirements for the Standard Diploma may not meet the admission requirements of many four year colleges. Transfer students must meet a minimum 22 credit requirement.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS strives to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. The Saint Michael the Archangel Chapter of the National Honor Society was chartered in January 2012.
NHS is more than just an honor roll. The NHS chapter establishes rules for membership, service, leadership, and character. These four criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.
Selection to NHS first involves the identification of a candidate by the criteria listed below. Candidates are usually notified of eligibility in September. From there, candidates are required to fill out an application to be reviewed by the selection committee. Candidates are then informed of their selection in October. The induction ceremony follows in late October or early November before the November membership meeting.
Students must meet a cumulative GPA that is determined by the faculty advisers of NHS. More information on GPA requirements may be obtained from an adviser. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character. A National Honor Society member who falls below this GPA at the end of any semester will be placed on probation. A member whose cumulative GPA is still below the requirements at the end of the following semester will be considered for dismissal from the Society.
This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Service is an important part of membership in the National Honor Society. Each semester, members are required to complete 10 hours of service according to their pre-approved contract.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while working with or for others.
The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.
Students who meet the above criteria are encouraged to submit an application to the society. The Faculty Council of SMAHS will use the information gathered from the Student application, as well as information gathered from the student's attendance and disciplinary records at SMAHS, to select new members of the NHS.
Ann has been an educator for more than twenty years working with elementary, middle, high school, and college students. She has been nominated for the National Teacher of the Year award and sat on local, state, and national committees to support education, educators, students, and curriculum as the nation continues to move in an upward motion toward technology in the classroom and business arenas.
Ann graduated with honors from the University of Delaware in Education with a focus in mathematics and possesses a master’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. She has been a ‘turn-around’ principal and has spoken nationwide on many educational topics, including but not limited to mathematics, technology, classroom management, and leadership. She is currently the principal at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Rev. Peter Reynierse, B.A., M.Div., was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1973, and to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1995. He has received numerous civilian and military commendations for his contributions to education, including service as head of the Interboro School District-Villanova University-U.S. Teacher Corps K-12 career education pilot program; military service as Officer-in- Charge of the Navy Advanced Pay Grade School; and Senior Instructor for theJournalism Program of the Defense Information School. He additionally served as a program representative for special education programs funded by both Montgomery County, Maryland, and the U.S. Department of Education.
From 1992 to 1995 he served on the staff of the Under Secretary of the Navy. He retired from active Navy service in 1998 with the rank of Commander.
George has been doing IT work for over 20 years. He is industry certified on computers and networking and is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Also, George is a professional Web Designer and Graphics Designer. He started his own IT company in 2007 where he specializes in onsite computer repair and custom website and graphic design. He graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore with a B.S. in Business Administration. He applied that to a very successful 25 year management career. In addition to this, George is a professional musician, professional singer, and a professional choral conductor. He is also, a composer of both religious and secular music. He loves to cook and he loves to read novels where he can actually relax.
Mrs. Alicia Adams is new to the English Department faculty this 2017-2018 school year, and has been a parent to students of her own at SMHS for four years. Originally from New Jersey, Mrs. Adams is an honors graduate in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1997. Moving with her Army officer husband around Germany and the Western United States, Mrs. Adams occasionally subbed for Department of Defense schools as they started their family. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Humanities with a Literary Focus and History Sub-focus from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2006.
Gratefully able to be a stay at home parent to her three children, Mrs. Adams volunteered her time with a variety of youth service organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts USA. She is especially proud of her more than decade of service as a Religious Education teacher at St Jude’s church here in Spotsylvania County. She is a caring educator who is dedicated to teaching effective writing skills and literature appreciation.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Attard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of North Texas. Following a brief teaching career, Mrs. Attard was blessed to remain home as a full-time mother. During this time Mrs. Attard home-schooled, volunteered, and taught Religious Education. She comments, "My favorite year was fifth grade, when the children learned about the sacraments." Mrs. Attard's growing family moved from Texas to Northern California, and eventually to Northern Virginia, where the last two of her eight children were born. Now that her youngest is a teen, Mrs. Attard is thrilled to resume teaching at Saint Michael the Archangel High School.
Mr. Eades joined SMHS in the fall of 2016. He studied transfinite cardinal and ordinal numbers (infinite sets) in grad school, where he also received minors in eastern religious studies and psychology. He considers himself more artist than mathematician, and he’s been playing guitar for 34 years.
Mrs. Geracoulis joined the faculty of Saint Michael in the fall of 2013 and is responsible for the French curriculum. She is a 1989 alumna of California State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. After earning her Teaching Credential from Chapman University, she began her career teaching at-risk high school students, for seven years, at Otto A. Fischer School in Orange, California.
In 1996 Mrs. Geracoulis moved to Virginia and taught for several years at Quantico Middle School, then “retired” for eight years to be a stay home mom to her two children. She returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in the Orange County Schools, where she also worked for a semester as an ASL interpreter at Orange Elementary school.
Mrs. Geracoulis was raised in Hawaii and her love for different cultures led her to live abroad for several years in New Zealand and Argentina. She is passionate about animal rescue and, when time allows, helps transport dogs from shelters to foster homes. She is a member of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Stafford.
Mrs. Gobar served on the faculty of Saint Michael from 2010 -2013 and her passion for teaching brought her back in the fall of 2016! Mrs. Gobar is an artist, teacher, museum educator and curator. She is a faculty member in the Studio Arts department at the Smithsonian Institution since 2003. Tenure with the former Corcoran College of Art & Design/Gallery of Art spanned 8 years, 5 years as an Adjunct Professor in the Drawing & Painting Department and 3 years as a Museum Arts Educator & Administrator. Noted advance studies includes, the Summer Institute for Teachers, Yale Center for British Art; Parsons/Paris School of Design; L’Accademia De Belle Arti Lorenzo da Viterbo; Corcoran College of Art & Design, Art Education, Graduate Studies; Rhode Island School of Design; Goucher College; Harvard University, 21st Annual Learning Differences Conference Teacher Learning Strategies K-12; New School University and Bachelor of Science degree in Clothing & Textiles from Norfolk State University. Mrs. Gobar loves to cook and is a mother of two who is thrilled to be back at St. Michael’s!
Mr. Gorfida joined the staff of St. Michael the Archangel High School in the fall of 2013. Over the past 32 years, Mr. Gorfida has taught in both public and private schools throughout the state of Virginia, 27 years of which were in Stafford County. He is a 1979 graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and is currently teaching in the Social Studies Department.