St. Michael’s At a Glance

Administrative Model


St. Michael’s employs a President/Principal model at the school. In this powerful model, executive functions are elegantly aligned around two distinct leadership profiles: the outward-facing entrepreneur and the institution-builder (President), and the inward-facing academician and champion of teaching, learning, discipline, and safety (Principal).


Founded: 1859 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools
Chartered: 1874 by the Territorial Legislature of New Mexico
Accreditation: State of New Mexico and AdvanceED
Private: Yes
Affiliation: Lasallian Catholic
Campus Location: 100 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Campus Size: 25 acres
Governing Body: Board of Trustees, cooperation with the Christian Brothers of the District of San Francisco New Orleans 
Administrative Structure: President/Principal 
President: Tom Coughlan, MA
The president is the outward-facing entrepreneur and institution-builder.  He focuses on the "business side" of the school: fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, the budget, non-school properties (of which St. Michael's has several), insurance and HR, and capital projects and facilities to name a few. 
Principal: Sam Govea, MA
The principal focuses on the two groups that make a school a school: teachers and students. The principal is the chief academic officer overseeing faculty, curriculum, athletics, and student discipline. 
Grades: 7–12
Students: 450, co-ed
    Male: 51%   
    Female: 49%
Catholic Students
    Catholic: 64%
    Non-Catholic: 36%
    Native American: 2%
    Latino/Hispanic: 65%
    Caucasian: 24%
    Other: 9%
Number of Faculty: 39
Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 51%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1  
Extracurricular Offerings: 23
Athletic Teams: 21
Average Class Size: 23
Athletic Mascot: The Horsemen
Financial Aid:
   Financial aid awarded during the 2021-2022 academic year: $392,000
   Percent of students receiving financial aid: 34%
   Average financial aid award package: $2,585
   Percent of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch: 7%
   Percent of applicants who apply for aid and receive it: 86%
College Acceptance Rate: 100%
Average ACT Score: 22.8
In-state vs out-of-state college choices: 47% in-state, 53% out-of-state


We draw our inspiration from the Christian Brothers, whose reputation for excellence in education extends back to 1680.

However, we are as relevant as we are historic, preparing curious youth to become extraordinary adults.