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St. Michael the Archangel High School

St. Michael the Archangel High School

Lee’s Summit, Missouri


A distinctly Catholic high school that integrates the principles of Catholicism with contemporary academic scholarship


Conceived as a center for the education of young Catholic high school students and committed to the development reason and faith, this 142,000 square foot school seeks to expound the tenets of Catholicism in an environment of contemporary academic scholarship. Rising quietly from the 80-acre site’s rolling hills, the facility orients itself toward the landscape’s meadows and spring-fed pond. A stone portico signifies entry and defines the building’s “Catholic Core.” Inside, the daylight-flooded Commons, Learning Stair, and Chapel are the spiritual heart of the school from which all functions emanate. The serene Chapel offers respite as sunlight from concealed skylights plays gracefully across rich icons, furniture, and artwork. As the primary vertical connector and multipurpose gathering space, The Learning Stair provides a home for presentations, collaboration and social interaction. Opening into the core is the gymnasium and athletic wing. From below, the media center opens to the Learning Stair and daylit Student Commons. On both levels, technology-rich learning environments contain lively collaborative space, multi-configuration classrooms and science labs.  (In partnership with Hollis + Miller Architects.)


Academic, Worship