The religious congregation, better known as "The Society of the Brothers of St. Patrick", or "Patrician Brothers" was founded in Tullow, Ireland on 2nd February, 1808 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Delany, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. Having had a good education in France, he was aware that only education could restore people's hope of building a future. It is this which motivated him to found the Congregation of the Society of the Brothers of St. Patrick, namely the education of youth. The young men who originally rallied behind the good Bishop in imitation of Jesus, were materially poor though endowed with the rare qualities of courage and conviction just as their Bishop was. Under his guidance they organized themselves and set to work in right earnest.
Having made an impact in Ireland as "excellent school men" they were ready to take up missions abroad.Around the second half of the 19th century, India was the first to beckon the Patricians. The invitation came from the Bishop of Madras(presently Chennai) to take care of the Orphanage at Condichetty street in Madras. The first Brothers to land in madras were Bros. Ignatius Price, Paul Hughes and Fintan Parkinson. The year was 1875. This was followed by Brothers starting schools and institutes of higher learning in Australia, America, Kenya, PNG and Ghana.
Unlike other foreign Religious Orders which - majority of them, if not all - obviously landed in India with the aim of proselytizing this subcontinent, the Patrician Brothers were invited to educate the masses of this vast country. Love for God and love for God's creation, irrespective of geographical boundaries, race, religion or colour, was what motivated them to spread the light of knowledge wherever they went. Along with the teaching of secular subjects, they inculcated in their students those universal values that give meaning to one's life such as love for God, love, respect and compassion towards others, justice, peace and a sense of equality.
The educational institutions they founded became instant success stories. From their first foundation in Chennai, namely St. Patrick's School, Adyar, way back in 1875, they began taking over schools that were offered to them or started founding new ones of their own. The Brothers took over schools like St. Joseph's in Coonoor, St George's in Mussoorie and St. Antony's in Lahore. They founded new schools like St. Joseph's Academy in Dehra Dun, St. Mary's Academy in Meerut, St. Michael's Academy, Adyar in Chennai, Mount St. Mary's School in Delhi, Nirmala Inter College in Mussoorie, St. James and St. Patrick's Schools in Binnaguri(West Bengal), St. Patrick's Higher Secondary School in Trichy, St. Patrick's School in Mananthavady(Kerala), Patrician College of Arts and Science, Adyar in Chennai, Mount St. Patrick's Academy in Pune, St. Patrick's Academy in Dindigul, St. Patrick's Academy in Angamaly(Kerala), College of Education in Dehra Dun and St. Patrick's Academy in Bangalore, India.
St. Michael's Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary school was founded in the year 1953 and is conducted by the Patrician Brothers who have well known schools in India and abroad.
Fifty years ago, a nursery was started in a corner of the sprawling grounds of St. Patrick's High School, Adyar, Growing in popularity the number of students at St. Michael's Junior School increased step by step over the years. It was known as St. Michael's Junior School till 1974. In the following year it was upgraded to a full-fledged co-educational school affiliated to the I.C.S.E. and I.S.C. Boards. As State Board Examinations were found to be more desirable, the school is now affiliated to the Tamilnadu Matriculation Board and the Tamilnadu State Board for the Higher Secondary Examination.
From 1984 onwards the school came to be known as St. Michael's Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
St. Michael's Strives to give its students a holistic and value-based education, the values of which will stay on and influence everyone who passes out through this institution. St. Michael's is also known for its academic excellence and co-curricular activities. The Golden Jubilee of this reputed institution was celebrated in the Academic Year 2003-2004. The School stands in beautiful surroundings overlooking the Adyar River and is within a few minutes' walk from the Adyar bus stand.
In 2004, St.Michael's Academy crossed a golden milestone with wings well spread - a well masked entry into the 21st Century took us to greater heights. Perfection for us is our constant target. Inspired by the past we have stepped into the future with confidence.
Once again in the year 2012-2013 St.Michael's Academy was upgraded to ICSE Board and from then on it is known as St.Michael's Academy, School of Excellence.
Educate children to become life-long learners who think critically, care deeply, act responsibly and dream expansively.
Every student is a unique gift from God and we steadfastly believe that education is not mere preparation for life but "Life Itself". Hence our Prime concern is to make our students shine and excel in all walks of life.