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History & Mission


St. Michael Catholic school, in collaboration with our parish and parents, seeks to educate children in Truth. Utilizing our great Catholic Tradition of the liberal arts, we guide students in their pursuit of Truth Beauty and Goodness. Recognizing that each student is a beloved child of God, we 

respect the freedom of every student and instill a spirit of Love in all we do.

History of St. Michael Catholic School

St. Michael Catholic School (SMCS) is a parish-based school located in Gastonia, North Carolina. The school was founded by the St. Michael Catholic Church Parish in 1942 under the direction of Father Gregory Eichenlaub, O.S.B.


The original school was located initially in a parishioner's five-room home and was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. The school served students in grades 1 -6. In 1952, the school moved to its current location as the first building on our campus.

Today, St. Michael Catholic School offers a supportive and nurturing environment to 171 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The school has been accredited since 1977. St. Michael Catholic School is an integral part of the St. Michael Parish Community. Our school serves students from several surrounding communities including Belmont, Shelby, Lincolnton, River Hills, Clover, South Carolina and other nearby areas.


Gastonia, the largest city and county seat of Gaston County and a part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, is a thriving urban city of about 73,000 people. Many cultural and educational institutions are located in or near Gastonia and serve to enhance the city's appeal.

New and Improved

During the 2018-2019 academic year, St. Michael Catholic School was deeply blessed to receive a large grant from a private donation as well as as a significant grant through the Diocese of Charlotte.  The school underwent a major renovation during the summer of 2019 and opened it's newly renovated doors on Sept. 3, 2019 with a brand new look and feel.

With updated classrooms and and state of the art STEM Lab and Maker Space, St. Michael Catholic School is ready to lead our students into the future.

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