About our ACT & SAT Test Preparation Opportunities
Do we offer students the opportunity to take the Pre-ACT test?
All current 9th and 10th graders take the Pre-ACT test. Designed for 10th graders, this test offers valuable exposure and practice with a test format that matches that of the ACT. More information on that test can be found here: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/preact.html
Do we offer our students the opportunity to take the PSAT test?
The PSAT is a test designed for juniors. In fact, only juniors’ scores can qualify for National Merit standing. At SMHS, we give the test to all Juniors, and allow interested Sophomores to take the PSAT test – and we especially encourage our honors track students to take it their Sophomore year. The PSAT test is very different from the ACT, and students need early exposure. The PSAT test is offered to freshman who are interested in taking this advanced test.
What standardized test do we offer our incoming freshman?
Incoming 9th graders take the Explore test in December of their 8th grade year as part of the admissions process. Those test results, along with previous years’ scores on tests like the Terra Nova and the Aspire series, are used by the Admissions Committee as part of the candidate’s application file.
About the Application Process
If I receive an offer of admission from my school of first choice, when will I be informed?
Offers of admission from schools of first choice will be mailed on Thursday, February, 2018.
If I do not receive an offer of admission from my school of first choice, when will I be notified by my school of second or third choice?
Notification from schools of second or third choice regarding completion of their application process will be sent on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
If I receive a letter requesting completion of the application process at my school of second or third choice, does that mean that I will not receive an offer of admission from my school of first choice?
If a student receives a letter from his or her school of second or third choice requesting completion of the application process, he or she will not receive an offer of admission from the school of first choice. In this case, the school of first choice will follow up with a letter to such applicants. These letters will be mailed on Friday, February 23, 2018.
If a student will not receive an offer of admission from any school, what will happen?
If a student will not receive an offer of admission from any school, a letter from the school of first choice will be sent on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Included in this letter will be an explanation that the application was reviewed by the schools of second and third choice, and that admission is not available in any of the schools.
How do I apply for admission to St. Michael the Archangel High School?
1.) Visit our website at www.smhsbr.org
2.) Under the “Admissions” tab on our homepage, click on “Apply Now” and click on the link
3.) First time users will need to create an account by registering an email address. If you have already created an account for a sibling, there is no need to create a new account. You may use your previous account for additional applicants.
4.) In order for the online application to be complete, you will need to answer all sections, upload a recent student photo, and pay the $65.00 application/testing fee online.
Should the application be sent to every high school?
No. One application should be sent to the high school of first choice. The second and third choices are indicated on the online application. The application will be forwarded to the next school(s) as needed.
When and where is the Placement Test taken?
The Placement Test is taken at the high school of first choice on December 2, 2017. Results will be forwarded to other schools as needed.
What kind of test is used for the Placement Test?
The Explore Test is ACT’s (American College Test) comprehensive assessment program for students entering high school. It provides information about a child’s level of preparation in English, mathematics, science, and reading along with details about his/her interests, needs, and plans.
Must the Explore Test be re-taken if it was taken at an earlier date in the 8th grade?
Yes. In order to correctly assess a student’s academic achievement and make appropriate recommendations for placement, it is necessary to test all incoming freshmen students in December of their 8th grade year.
How are the Placement Test results used?
The Placement Test results (along with report card grades, earlier standardized test scores, and the recommendation of the elementary school principal) are used to schedule students into appropriate levels and courses for the ninth grade.
What is the St. Michael Admissions Policy?
The Principal of St. Michael High School shall appoint an Admission Committee comprised of members of the faculty and professional staff. The committee shall review the records of all applications for admission selecting students based on their current principal’s recommendation, structured interview of parent/guardian and student, standardized test scores, grades, conduct, absenteeism, other educational needs, and the attestation of the pastor (where applicable).
Unless the Admission Committee articulates a professionally based opinion for declining to admit an applicant, the priority of admissions shall be as follows:
A. Catholic siblings of students in the school, of parents who are involved in the ministry of their church parishes as attested by their pastor, and who attend Catholic elementary schools,
B. Catholic children of parents who are involved in the ministry of their church parishes as attested by their pastor, and who attend Catholic elementary schools.
C. Catholic siblings of students in the school, of parents who are involved in the ministry of their church parishes as attested by their pastor, and who attend non-Catholic elementary schools,
D. Catholic children of parents who are involved in the ministry of their church parishes as attested by their pastor, and who attend non-Catholic elementary schools,
E. Non-Catholic children who attend Catholic elementary schools, and
F. Non-Catholic children who attend non-Catholic elementary schools.
St. Michael High School admits all qualified students regardless of race, color, sex, or national origin. The admission policy of St. Michael High School prohibits discrimination in accordance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
About Transportation and the School Day
Is Public School bus service available?
Yes. East Baton Rouge Parish public school buses provide transportation for students in the area south of Florida Boulevard and east of Sherwood Forest Boulevard/Siegen Lane to the parish line.
Does St. Michael High School provide transportation?
Yes. SMHS school buses travel to Our Lady of Mercy, St. Louis King of France, St. Alphonsus, St. Jude, St. George, and St. John the Evangelist in Ascension Parish. A fee of approximately $90 per month is charged. Please contact Mrs. Susan McKinley, Registrar, for further assistance or questions about transportation at (225)753-9782, ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I arrange a carpool?
The school office can provide the names of families who live in the same area.
How long are classes and when does the school day start and end? Is After-School Care available?
Regular school days have eight, fifty-minute periods: seven for instruction and one for lunch. The bell for the first class rings at 7:10 a.m., with the last bell of the day ringing at 2:30 p.m. An After-School Care program is available Monday through Friday from 2:45pm to 5:30pm on regular school days. Students must be picked up by 5:30pm or additional late fees may apply. There is a fee of $200.00 for the year or $100 per semester.
What are the options for lunch?
During each of the three lunch shifts, vendors provide sandwiches, hot plate lunches, salads, and pizza ranging from $1.75 to $5.00. Chilled diet soft drinks, bottled water, fruit juices, and Powerade are also available. Students may elect to bring their own lunch and use microwave ovens in the cafeteria. Cool filtered water is available free of charge.