San Miguel Academy

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh is a 5th – 8th grade middle school where students develop a sense of responsibility, respect and readiness for accessing an educational path appropriate to their talents. San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.  Our highly individualized approach to education is effective in moving each child along according to their abilities. Our pedagogy is research based and relies on several learning partners such asMohonk Preserve, Storm King Arts Center, Stony Kill Farm, Audubon Constitution Marsh, and Topfield Equestrian Center.  Supplementing traditional classroom learning, and place-based learning are several web platforms where students can access opportunities to move forward in the curriculum at a more accelerated pace.  Our multifaceted approach to instruction and learning has produced grade level performance and beyond for children who were once far behind in their prior schools.

Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The standards examine schools in a holistic way, supplementing student-testing data to provide a more complete measure of a school’s performance and chart a strategic and realistic course for continuous school improvement. When it comes to evaluating schools and school systems, the Middle States Association looks at the whole school- not just test scores. We realize that improving outcomes requires a comprehensive approach. When we assess whether a school should be accredited we look at how the school performs in 12 key areas that make up our Standards for Accreditation:
Mission, Governance and Leadership, School Improvement Planning, Finances, Facilities
School Organization and Staff, Health and Safety, Educational Program
Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning, Student Services
Student Life and Activities and Information Resources