Latino boys are more likely than any other demographic in DC to drop out of high school – but not San Miguel graduates. Enrolling some 90 at-risk Latino youth, immigrants or the sons of immigrants, 90% of whom are poor and arrive two to three years behind grade level, San Miguel serves as a model of innovative Catholic education. Academically rigorous and tuition free, it typically limits classrooms to 15 students, focuses on the mastery of basic skills, and nurtures the physical and emotional well-being of each boy. Breakfast, study hall, and tutoring fill out an extended day and a 200-day school year maintains or accelerates achievement. San Miguel stands by its graduates too, offering ongoing mentoring and high school and college guidance. The results? Last year, 100% of students went on to college prep high schools and attained a 100% graduation rate, nearly twice the rate of local peers.
San Miguel School reopened on August 31 with a blended program of in-classroom instruction and online learning at home – with strict health and safety protocols in place. "Pods" of 5-7 students alternate with each other, attending in person for two days and studying at home (online and off) for two days. Breakfast and lunch are provided; mask wearing and social distancing are givens; cleaning and disinfecting are completed throughout the day. The opportunity gap is widening during the pandemic – but not for these students.