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St. Michael Academy Launches Online Learning Initiative to Continue Its School Year during the Statewide Shutdown

PETOSKEY – April 2, 2020 – St. Michael Academy (SMA), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, announced today that its academic year is continuing on-schedule during the statewide shutdown, through the launch of its Online Learning Initiative last month.

All academic classes at SMA have continued as scheduled, but are now taught online by SMA faculty.  Online Learning Initiative instruction is required of SMA students, for which they will receive full academic credit.  SMA will complete the school year with online classes, if necessary.

Video samples of class instruction at SMA are posted at

“We encourage everyone, especially prospective students and their families, to sample the top-notch instruction we began producing on March 16,” stated SMA Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake.  “Our teachers are outstanding and they didn’t break stride in the rapid switchover from classrooms to cameras.  Stay tuned for more information regarding open access to our online classes for the rest of the school year.”

Dr. Brake continued, “Nimble, critical thinking is needed today more than ever, and that’s exactly what we cultivate in our students every day at SMA, with the best of Western Civilization and the timeless wisdom of the Catholic faith.  In adapting and maintaining our learning environment during this crisis, we offer families the calm of consistency, maintaining routine as much as possible, with focus and purpose.”

SMA is enrolling rising 7th through 12th grade students for the 2020-21 academic year.  Please contact Dr. Brake at for more information.  SMA offers tuition assistance to qualifying families.  No student is denied enrollment because of financial reasons.

For more information on SMA, please visit the school website at

Established in 2013, St. Michael Academy is the first Catholic high school in the Little Traverse area since 1972, and the region’s only Classical high school.  SMA strives to develop the next generation of American leaders by promoting a culture of excellence and instilling its students with the classical virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice, along with the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.