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Welcome to San Miguel High School, a Catholic, college preparatory high school located in the heart of Tucson, Arizona's economically-disadvantaged south side, near 12th Avenue and Valencia. San Miguel provides a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that will ensure that all of our students consistently reach high levels of achievement and that our graduates are admitted to and attend college. Under the charism of the Christian Brothers, the school operates with an unqualified belief in the dignity of its students and their right to learn in a caring and safe environment focused on challenging academic standards.

We are committed to preparing our students for success in the classroom and in the workplace. Through our Corporate Internship Program, every student spends five days each month working in an entry-level professional position in a Tucson business. Through this unique four-year work study experience, students broaden their horizons and develop practical workplace skills. Students' wages help offset the cost of their tuition, thereby providing the means to an educational opportunity for students whose families could not otherwise afford it.

We welcome visitors and interested families and friends who wish to learn more about San Miguel.

April Message

April 6, 2011

Dear Friends of San Miguel,

With only six weeks of instruction left for our seniors, this is an exciting time as we both prepare our graduating students for college and our ongoing students for another successful year.  March included many wonderful happenings at San Miguel that we are happy to share.

Corporate Internship
The Corporate Internship department has nearly 68 paid jobs for our students.  We are close to reaching our goal of 74 jobs for this school year and are confident that together we can reach out to new partners to meet our goal.  As we look towards the 2011-2012 school year, we are hopeful about continuing our current partnerships and establishing new relationships throughout our community.  If your business, or those you know, may be interested in employing a team of capable, dedicated students, please call Mark Neimeyer, Director of Corporate Internship, at 294-6403 x 1429. 

Our Corporate Internship department hosted the last small luncheon of the year to recognize the dedication of our students’ supervisors.  This past lunch featured additional networking, tours, and student testimonials about the importance of CIP.  We are all looking forward to our sixth annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, April 28th at 11:30 am at Hotel Arizona.  We welcome the opportunity to thank our partners for their commitment to our students’ future and the work they do for our community. 

As the school year begins to come to a close, many families and potential students are visiting with our Admissions department.  San Miguel hosted an open house on March 20th, which was well attended and saw many new families seeking information about our school.  Thus far, we have accepted 75 freshmen, and we will be continuing interviews with potential students over the coming weeks.  If you have any questions about enrolling at San Miguel, please contact Francisco Moreno, Director of Admissions, at 294-6403 x 1110. 

Supporters and Guests
Thanks to all who have and continue to support our school.  We were blessed to receive many generous gifts in March, including support from Katherine Krueger, the Michael Kasser Trust, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the Community Foundation, Sharon Corcoran, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and Greg VanderZanden. We are thankful to know so many who have faith in our mission and our students.  If you have any questions about how to support San Miguel, please contact Nicola Hartmann, Director of Advancement, at 294-6403 x 1308.

We were pleased to invite many new and returning visitors to San Miguel in March.  We welcomed Karen Burhenn, Ron Asta, Tony Peck of United Way, Werner Zimmt, Sr. Jeanne Bessette of DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Susie Huhn of Casa de los Ninos, Sharon and Sheila Corcoran, Michael Quinn & Bob Thompson of 911 Collision, Kim Kimbriel, and several professionals recognized as Tucson’s 40 Under 40.   We are always glad to share our story with new visitors and spend time with our ongoing supporters. 


Other Updates
As some of you may have noticed in our recent updates and publications, we are in the process of adjusting our school name and logo to San Miguel Cristo Rey.  As San Miguel Cristo Rey, our mission and dedication to our students will not change, rather, our new name and logo are simply meant to reaffirm our commitment to both the Cristo Rey Network and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. 

March included many new and exciting events around our campus.  Students enjoyed our Spring Pep Rally, which included a flash mob dance by our faculty and staff, and others showcased their talents in our Student Life Talent Show.  Several teams of seniors participated in the Take Charge America Institute and University of Arizona’s Financial Face-off, a daylong financial education fair and competition.  Juniors and seniors enjoyed the Life Choices Forum, during which they heard from five distinguished professionals in our community who were recognized as Tucson’s 40 Under 40.  Our students are also competing in Penny Wars to raise money for Bahay Pag-asa. 

Throughout the month of March, many of our students participated in extracurricular activities to enhance their academic experiences.  San Miguel’s El Otro Lado hosted students from St. Mary’s for a five-day border immersion program to explore immigration issues.  The students cleaned up the desert, visited with humanitarians, watched court proceedings, and toured the Border Patrol Station.  Their experiences were highlighted by both KMSB Fox 11 News and the Arizona Daily Star – we hope you had a chance to see our students in action!

Other good news includes the ongoing letters of acceptance coming in for our students from colleges and summer programs around the country.  Students have been accepted to programs at universities including the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, University of Hawaii, University of Rhode Island, Cornell University, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Seton Hall, and many others.  Roberto Flores, a junior here at San Miguel, was also chosen to participate as part of the Tucson Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition.  He recently traveled to Washington, DC to speak to national legislators about the DREAM Act and learn more about how the government works with both cultures. 

We are so proud of our students at San Miguel!  I hope our news from this past month reaffirms your belief in the purpose of our school—to enable students with unlimited potential to grow academically, professionally, and spiritually.  As always, thank you again for all you do.  You are helping our students achieve wonderful things. 



Leslie Shultz-Crist