Who We Are
St. Michael Catholic School is a co-ed, Catholic school located approximately 23 miles west of the city of Charlotte in the suburb of Gastonia, NC. We educate students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. SMCS welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds into our school community.
We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing learning environment with strong academics and a faith-based curriculum. We are grooming the leaders of tomorrow and encourage each student to perform and live to their fullest potential.
SMCS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI): An Accreditation Division of AdvancED.
Meet the Principal - Ms. Michelle Vollman
Michelle Vollman was hired on July 1st 2020 as the new principal for St. Michael Catholic School for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Ms. Vollman comes to us from the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district where she was a third grade teacher for four years. She has eight years of teaching experience, all in elementary grade levels, prior to taking on this role. Ms. Vollman has held several leadership positions throughout her time as a teacher including instructional team lead, coach of a girls running club and was a member of the opening staff of a charter school. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Educational Leadership program at Queens University in Charlotte.
Ms. Vollman was born and raised Catholic. Her family attended St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Concord, North Carolina. Growing up Ms. Vollman attended youth group throughout middle school and high school. She attended many youth retreats and was a part of the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council that organizes the Diocesan Youth Conference, a large retreat each year for high school students. Ms. Vollman was very active in the Catholic Campus Ministry on UNC Wilmington's campus when she was in college. Ms. Vollman is now a member at St. Michael Catholic Church so that she can become closer to both her school and church community.
Ms. Vollman is eager to take on all the challenges that the school year holds for us, from returning to school during a pandemic to helping the school begin it's implementation of the Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum in the 2021 - 2022 school year. She is available by phone or email and is always willing to sit down with you and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. She looks forward to growing our school community and to many prosperous years ahead. If you would like to reach Ms. Vollman, please call the front office at (704) 865-4382 or you can click the icon under the photo to the right to send her an email.
Accreditation & Curriculum
St. Michael Catholic School is a Pre-K through 8th grade school that is fully accredited through AdvancED.
St Michael Catholic School strives to educate the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually, artistically, and physically. The school follows the educational curriculum developed and supported by the Charlotte Diocese Education Office, which is in full compliance with all state education requirements under the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students to succeed in any rigorous high school academic program by providing a firm foundation in fundamental knowledge and skills; encouraging breadth of intellectual exposure and depth of study; and inspiring creativity and critical analysis. Within the structure of this curriculum, our teachers strive to meet the needs of each student, while challenging all students to fulfill their academic potential. Our curriculum is a continuously evolving one, as demanded by our increasingly complex and ever-changing world.
The core curriculum – language arts, math, science, social studies and religion – is the backbone of our academic programs. Emphasis on the core curriculum is a well-proven route to preparing students for their future, regardless of the academic path they may choose.
Throughout the school year, students are assigned projects designed to enhance the core curriculum. In addition to the standard course of study, all students receive regular instruction in music, art, Spanish, computer technology, library media skills, and physical education. These courses allow students to broaden their academic exposure, explore particular interests, and challenge their special talents.