San Miguel School is dedicated to helping children from challenging environments, regardless of race, nationality or religion, to achieve academic and personal success through a non-tuition driven, Lasallian education. A San Miguel education is designed to prepare students for high school and beyond - typically college or vocational training - to help them become productive adults and break the cycle of poverty.
FACTS & STATS
- Students have a 97% attendance rate
- Small class sizes (student/teacher ratio is 12:1)
- Over 90% of San Miguel students graduate from high school as opposed to the 76.9% from Tulsa Public Schools
- All students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
- 100% of San Miguel parents give of their time, talent and treasure
- Graduates attend local high schools such as Bishop Kelley, Cascia Hall, Holland Hall, Booker T. Washington and Tulsa School for Arts and Sciences
- Our students have graduated from post secondary institutions including TCC, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma and Northeastern State University
FUNDING OUR MISSION
Unlike most schools, San Miguel receives no state or federal funding. 95% of funding comes from private grants and individuals. Parents also provide a modest “copay” for their child’s education and contribute to the school by giving their time and talent.
San Miguel Middle School was founded in 2004 by Dr. Curt Adams. Influenced by his Lasallian education at Bishop Kelley High School, he proposed opening a San Miguel school in Tulsa. His doctoral feasibility study asked the question: “where in the city of Tulsa is there a great need for a school dedicated to lifting students out of poverty?”
The study indicated an overwhelming need in the area surrounding Lewis Avenue and Admiral Boulevard, the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, San Miguel Middle School was opened with one sixth grade class of twenty-five students.
The school was first located in the basement of St. Francis Xavier Church. A grade was added each of the following two years to complete the middle school targeted enrollment of seventy-five students. In 2014, a new, freestanding San Miguel School was built across the street from the church.
A Catholic school in the educational tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle, San Miguel Middle School of Tulsa is one of 14 independent San Miguel schools in the United States.