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San Miguel Academy Reopening Plan for September 2020

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Learning has not stopped for San Miguel Academy and our Graduate Success Program. Virtual Classrooms were up and running on Tuesday and computers available for alumni to complete their high school and college assignments.

*Teachers are currently teaching from home.

Food is available to all SMP families in need. Childcare will be provided for families who are still working during school hours.

We are fortunate to have the most compassionate staff, board of trustees, families, benefactors and friends to ensure our ability to help in most crucial times such as this. We pray everyone is safe and healthy.

Acquisition Ceremony Invitation

“Building on Excellence” POSTPONED
celebrating MSA-CESS Accreditation,
Program Rebranding and
capital “Campaign for Permanence” launch

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh will continue to affect the lives of many young men in the City of Newburgh, but with a few changes. The title has changed but the goal remains the same, to break the cycle of poverty through education. Over the years, San Miguel Program (SMP) has been a “oasis” to the most vulnerable demographic in Newburgh, boys from low underserved families. San Miguel Academy is now one of five programs under the San Miguel Program umbrella. More than 225 boys have been enrolled and benefited from the opportunities presented by SMP, including a Middle States Accredited, innovated middle school education (San Miguel Academy), experiential enrichment, summer scholars program, private high school/college guidance and placement and family social services.

New Mission, Vision and Motto
Our new motto Intelligence plus Character honors the leadership and vision of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…that is the goal of true education.” San Miguel Program’s mission, “We educate and inspire the young men of the City of Newburgh, so they may break the cycle of poverty, achieve new potential, and embrace lives of purpose, faith and truth” has proven itself with 70% of their graduates attending private day or boarding high schools, 97% High School graduation rate and 90% of those continue onto higher education, trade, military or work. The vision, “San Miguel Program will be a leader in urban education.”

Middle States Accreditation
San Miguel Academy of Newburgh has successfully gained accreditation by the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Gaining validation of school value and student achievement gives the families and benefactors of SMA the assurance that as an independent school, our performance and goals are legitimate and ensures a quality education. MSA-CESS standards for accreditation entail a rigorous multi-year evaluation of the entire school, not only test scores, but in key areas such as governance and leadership, health and safety, educational programming, evidence of student learning, life and activities, organization and staff and other highly regarded standards.

Campaign for Permanence
To build upon the successful programs of the past 15 years, SMP will launch our capital campaign to not only help to purchase of former St. Francis School, but reconfigure and update the building where San Miguel Program has resided for the past 7 years. The hallmark of SMP’s plan to renovate and expand is the STEAM Learning Center. The program’s STEAM curriculum has been recognized worldwide and has become a prototype for what urban education should look like. The signature project will include robotics, 3D printing a virtual reality learning center, and fabrication availing students of the best in curriculum design. An Athletic Center to include a Basketball Court, Fitness Center and Indoor Rowing Tanks. No single program has been more effective in creating transformation than SMA’s Rowing Program in character building, fitness, and High School and College placement efforts. Being a rower implies that students can work collaboratively, are disciplined and are tireless in pursuit of a goal. A Graduate Support Center serving alumni with a meeting space, computer and counseling room, a new conference room, security enhancement, front entrance and administrative offices will undergo renovations as well. The Campaign for Permanence financial goal is $2 Million dollars with 72% already pledged and raised toward the purchase cost of the building. San Miguel Program has received capital and reconstruction support from the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Foundation, New York Giants Foundation (in support of the Athletic Center), supporters Greg and Vera Kiernan and Frank and Suzanne Shiner (both of Chappaqua, NY)  and Newburgh’s local Brooks Funeral Home on Gidney Avenue.

Ann Mara Cacase, 2019 SMP Defying the Odds IMPACT recipient will speak at the Building on Excellence Ceremony, March 24th, on behalf on the program’s board of trustees as a continuance to the legacy of the “mother of football”, Mrs. Ann T. Mara. On November 14, 2014, Mrs. Mara lead the dedication ceremony when San Miguel Academy moved into our new home at 245 Renwick Street. Ann has taken up the mantle of her mother in her support of the San Miguel Program and community.

Thank you NY Giants for inviting San Miguel Academy to be on the field with you and granting us $30,000!!!


Thank you for supporting our 2019 Defying the Odds Dinner

2019 Annual Defying the Odds Dinner Video

Annual Defying the Odds Dinner

2019 IMPACT Honoree

Ann Mara Cacase






Help our boys skip the summer slide by becoming a
Summer Scholars Program Sponsor.
Summer scholars attend a 6 week program at SMAN to
advance their math, reading and writing skills.

Click here to Sponsor a Summer Scholar

Unfortunately, we are not hosing our annual walk-a-thon this spring.
Thank you for all your continued support!


2018BenefitConcertPosterHoliday Benefit Concert ft. Vanessa Williams and Frank Shiner
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 7 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY
General Admission $100 | Meet & Greet Admission $200 (limited availability)
All Proceeds to San Miguel Academy of Newburgh

Sponsored by Orange Bank & Trust Company
Click Here for Tickets

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today.
Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Vanessa is a long time supporter of San Miguel Academy and will perform her greatest hits and holiday tunes for the benefit of San Miguel Academy with opener, Frank Shiner of Chappaqua, NY, Tuesday, December 18th.
Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
A strong advocate for equal rights, Vanessa was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions.  She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Vanessa’s autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Her recent Broadway credits include co-starring with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, (which was the #1 play of the 2013 season), After Midnight (2014), and a special limited engagement in Hey, Look Me Over at New York City Center in 2018.

With the success of his single and video, “Rainy Night in Georgia,” multiple sold-out shows, a slew of strong reviews and Grammy considerations in 7 different categories,  Frank Shiner will be joining Grammy Award winning, Vanessa Williams, to perform some Christmas favorites and songs from his sophomore album “Lonely Town Lonely Street” produced by 12x Grammy Winner Jay Newland.”
In reviewing his performance at World Café Live in Philadelphia, writer Alan Foster of Entertaining-Options.com said, “Frank Shiner has a classic voice that blazes with the swoon-worthy soul of a master. Other artists might cover songs written by legends such as Tony Joe White, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Randy Newman, Daryl Hall and John Oates, but when Frank sings them, it sounds like these classic tracks were tailor-made for his golden ember vocals. When he sings, it comes from a place of love.”
In reviewing the album, The Huffington Post raved, “Shiner’s style encompasses blues, a touch of jazz and healthy dollops of R&B. He takes all three influences, mashes them up in a musical mixing bowl and then frappes it. The man can sing!” Noted Soul music historian and founder of soulmusic.com, David Nathan wrote, “Lonely Town Lonely Street is a tour de force collection of twelve songs from the songbooks of legendary Blue-eyed soul writers.”
Another of those “Aha” moments came when Tony Joe White endorsed the singer’s version of the writer’s classic, “Rainy Night in Georgia”, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The song and video have become one of the singer’s biggest hits to date. Shiner’s first album, The Real Me, produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan Fame, was named Best CD By A Male Artist by the LA Music Critic Awards and included two Top 5 AC hits, the new album was nominated in 3 different categories for the 2017 LA Music Critic Awards.

Thank you to all of our Benefit Concert Sponsors

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2018 Annual “Defying the Odds”  Scholarship Dinner
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY

Class of 2018 Graduation

2018 Annual WALKathon & Open House

2017 Defying the Odds Dinner

2017 Graduation

2017 6th Annual WALKathon



Click on the link below to watch CBSNews.com’s report on San Miguel Academy and the impact it has on the city of Newburgh.


2016 Defying the Odds Annual Scholarship Dinner

Henry Garcia, SMAN Class of 2011 at the 2016 Defying the Odds Dinner

2016 Graduation

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2016 Walk-A-Thon

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October 22, 2015: Ten Years Strong Dinner

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June 4, 2015: Graduation

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April 2015: 4th Annual Walkathon

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November 2014: San Miguel Academy’s Dedication Ceremony

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Thursday October 23, 2014:

San Miguel Academy Annual Dinner Celebration

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San Miguel Academy of Newburgh admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.