St. Michael Indian School

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aka SMIS   |   Saint Michaels, AZ   |  www.stmichaelindianschool.org

Mission

St. Michael Indian School provides students from local Native American communities with a quality education that is rooted in Catholic values, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world. The school recently expanded to 2 to 4 year old preschool, and serves 320 students in Kindergarten through high school with the most recent graduating class graduating 34 students. The graduation rate is 96% with most going to college. 99% of the student body is Native American. 64% of students are receive free or reduced meals. The organization has 52% alumni faculty with most teachers having taught 3+ years.

Ruling year info

1946

President

Mrs Dot Teso

Principal

Mrs. Tazbah Yazzie

Main address

PO Box 650

Saint Michaels, AZ 86511 USA

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EIN

86-0101517

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

St. Michael Indian School provides students from local Native American communities with a quality education that is rooted in Catholic values, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills, and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world. SMIS is Accreditated with AdvancEd and WCEA. Goals are inclusive to the guidelines set forth in those accreditation documents.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education Preschool to 12th grade

St. Michael School educates an average of 350 students annually in grades Preschool through Twelfth grade. The school was opened in 1902. SMIS has a 96% graduation rate and many students go onto university studies. Over 64% of students are on Free or Reduced Lunch.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
American Indians

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The philosophy of St. Michael Indian School is to create a community of faith and learning in which students can develop spiritually and intellectually. Saint Michael Indian School recognizes parents as primary and principal educators of their children. Saint Michael Indian School strives to provide a comprehensive curriculum combining traditional academic subjects, formal religious instruction, a wide range of technology, art, and athletic programs, and opportunities for philanthropic service in the community. Saint Michael Indian School makes a genuine effort to assure each student’s progress, to build self-confidence, and to create a healthy self-image, helping the student to grow in integrity, responsibility, and preparation for higher education.

Our role as Catholic educators calls us to Evangelization to share the message of the Gospel by word, worship, and the witness of our lives. Respect describes how we want to treat each other. Excellence is what we strive for in all areas, and Empowerment is a means to assure our decisions and actions are in line with our mission. A belief in Diversity enables us to value differences and expand our awareness of others. Four pillars drive newly developed (and still developing) Integral Student Outcomes (ISO’s):

BODY that is active
· Our students will participate in rigorous exercise and/or team sports to learn the value of fairness, competition, and team-building
· Our students will graduate from SMIS with the ability to lead a healthy lifestyle.
· Our students will understand the value of physical education, healthy eating and a stress-free lifestyle that refrains from the use of alcohol, drugs and violence.

MIND that is prepared
· Our students will become 21st-century learners by exploring the latest in academics, technology, and the arts.
· Our students will be college-ready and able to explore jobs that will be developed in the future.
· Our students will be college-ready, learning all the academic skills necessary to succeed in college.
· Our students will have the ability to think critically, write effectively and solve problems in any subject area.

SPIRIT that is nurtured
· Our students will understand the Catholic faith and be infused with the knowledge of the Holy Spirit as well as the Navajo Way.
· Our students will develop a deep understanding of their own identity and be able to walk in beauty throughout their lifetime.
· Our students will learn Navajo language, culture and government in order to continue the strong emphasis on Dine values for future generations.

COMMUNITY understanding that is central
· Our students will learn about other cultures, Native American and non-Native American, in order to gain a perspective on the larger world and become global citizens.
· Our students will be upright citizens of their respective communities, treating others with honor, dignity and respect.
· Our students will be prepared to engage in volunteer activities that support their local chapters, parishes and/or network of relations.

SMIS has weekly professional development for educators (faculty and teaching assistants) from August to May. Active professional development enables them to develop a broad base of knowledge and grow their skillsets to be able to address students' learning challenges. Professional development is for teachers to improve their instruction for the overall quality of individual learning of each student.

93% of the graduating classes of St. Michael Indian School continue to university studies. An average of one Gates Millenium Scholar is awarded from the graduating class each year. 40% of the teaching staff are alumni and

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    School families (parents, students, extended family members), alumni of the school, former employees

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the pandemic, there was concern of the lost of elderly grandparents who spoke the native language of Navajo. In response, Navajo Culture and Language classes were expanded to be taught consistently in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade with more electives of Navajo Language in the junior and senior year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Sharing has allowed open discussion and understanding that we serve the people and must obtain feedback.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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St. Michael Indian School

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Donald Stablein

Retired Statistician

Term: 2022 - 2026

Carol Bell

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Michael Nevinger

Retired Underwriter

Henry Sands

Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

Anne McCall

Xavier University of Louisiana

Miranda Haskie

Dine College

Derrick Terry

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Stephanie Henry

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Ex Officio

Theresa Chato

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Ex Officio

Judith Franz

SBS

Faith Okerson

SBS

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.