Uniting the Community
Working with the Kansas City Diocese, Hollis + Miller broke ground summer of 2014 on a new high school called St. Michael the Archangel. The new high school is designed to serve the greater Jackson County area and replace a pair of older schools: St. Mary’s High School in Independence, which recently closed due to declining enrollment, and Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City.
St Michaels’ brings traditional, religious educational values with 21st-century learning that places an emphasis on collaboration and technology. Twenty-first century programs apply faith to learning. Students are able to discern and integrate faith with reason. Learning Academies help students expand on their strengths in an environment centered on discovery and they are encouraged to explore diverse areas of study.
Located on 84 acres of rolling hills, you enter St. Michael’s in a brightly lit commons area with a large learning stair. This stair is used for assemblies, large classes and for student gathering. The stairs have charging stations for the laptop computers that all the students are equipped with.
The heart of the school is the chapel; the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel.
“This is the heartbeat of the school,” Burns said, “with a voluntary Mass celebrated daily and all-school Masses on Fridays.”
In the academic wing there are three learning communities. Within each community are several “houses,” Each house is comprised of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and creates opportunities for students to form relationships, develop leadership skills, and study with others in every grade level.