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PK-8
Private
Avondale, AZ
Students enrolled: 313

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13720 West Thomas Road
Avondale, AZ 85392

(623) 935-0945
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November 22, 2014
I went to St. Thomas Aquinas from kindergarten all the way to 8th grade, and I can tell you right now that I had an absolutely incredible and one-of-a-kind experience. The teaching staff is ridiculously amazing - I learned so much in every subject and was so well-prepared for high school that I started off my freshman year taking all honors and Advanced Placement courses. Throughout my nine years at St. Thomas, I was blessed with the constant encouragement and positive reinforcement provided by my teachers every year. They always pushed me to be the best that I could be. I formed close relationships with every teacher, particularly my junior high instructors. The class sizes are small, and it was always so comforting to know that, to your teachers, you are not just another familiar face, but rather someone that they know intimately and well enough that I literally could turn to them for anything at all. I was provided with such an incredible academic, spiritual, and moral foundation that I honestly do not think that any other school could match.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2013
I have found the academic load to be a bit rigorous, but the results, fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
I have been in Arizona for 4 years. It took 3.5 yrs to find a school which offered quality education, reasonable classroom sizes (24 students on average), educators who are teachers - not just doing their job. We have 2 children in school currently - 5th and 1st. They are doing well and my husband and I are extremely happy with the eduction. My 5th graders has some holes in his learning so this school has taken the time to assess him, identify those areas and develop a plan with us to work on those areas. His progress is noticeable. This school is definitely taking the time to identify problem areas for children and working on them. If you are looking for a great school - this is it!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
Maybe a notch below average here or there. Students get basics but do not have access to art or music room or labs. Some classrooms have older computers that may limit media options. Integration of technology into learning is limited. Additional programming is all pay to play. You pay for premium but get basic. Teachers are fundamentally strong and caring;many go above and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
This school is average on every account. Nothing out of the ordinary. That is about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
STA is a warm, loving environment, and we are honored and priviledged to have the opportunity to send our children to this school. Excellent teachers from PK-8, working together to provide a safe, nurturing, spiritual, and challenging academic programs. The parents are actively involved in the school, and our active in the church as well. The children in the school are held to high expectations, and the result is polite, engaging students at all levels. We could not be happier to be a part of this wonderful school and church community.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
The academics are good, but they are very traditional, inflexible and rigid in thinking and practice. If you're child fits the Catholic school kid mold, and apparently there is such a mold, then this is the place to spend your hard earned money. And keep in mind that the more you contribute financially to the school and parish, the better your experience will be. The teachers and administration have proved untrustworthy and deceiving. It is always clear that there is another agenda. Communication is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
We cannot be more pleased with our school. The principal has this marvelous combination of fun and high expectations! We truly believe that our children are receiving a top-notch education and will be prepared for their high school years. Grades K-8 have experienced teachers with clear expectations. Grades 6-8 have exceptional, professional educators. We love that our children attend a small school where parents are involved and families know each other well! Even our office staff is outstanding...friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
I will forever sing STA's praises to any and all interested parties. Our son is now in first grade and loving every minute of it. Last year his kindegarden teacher was able to uncover his academic strengths and defecits with pin-point accuracy. While the outside tutoring meant more out of pocket my partner and I have geater peace of mind knowing where our child is and what the pre secondary school years will be like.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
STA has been a great experience for our children and family. We currently have a child in the 1st grade class and can not be more pleased with the education to this point. The Kindergarten teacher has done a wonderful job preparing these children for the 1st grade. It's truly amazing how children can blossom personally and educationally during each year with the nurturing teaching professionals that this school has at every grade level.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
2009 is a new year and we can't say enough good things about STA. Last year was a frustrating waste of time and money. This year our child is reading, thriving and happy. The 1st grade teacher is amazing! The perfect example of a committed, quality teacher. Her extensive early education background is obvious. STA has many more just like her as the children move up through 8th grade. New homework club, expanding athletics and excellent student govt are the icing on the cake. One suggestion would be that STA make sure that the teacher quality and expectations remain constant from grade to grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
We absolutely love STA! The staff and teachers are highly motivated and always go the extra mile for the kids. We have been here a few years and and any time we have had a concern, it was addressed. The education is well above average and the reinforcing of our Catholic faith is tremendous. As with anything, you get out of it what you put into it!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
STA is a great school and will prepare your children for success in high school. The early education teachers are awesome and really care for their students. My child began first grade well prepared and ready to build upon the foundation set in preschool and kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
I have to say that Sister Fran is an excellent 1st grade teacher. What a huge positive change this year. I can't believe how well my child is reading and we just finished the first month of school. The children are making great progress. I am so looking forward to seeing how much the children grow in education and in faith.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
If you are looking for warm and fuzzy go elsewhere. The administration is very poor at St. Thomas- evident that children are not the priority here. Although the community and parents are great it is not always the best interest of your children.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Our family has been at St Thomas since the doors opened. There are growing pains here and some very poor decisions being made to satisfy a few . This is true in every new school as it expands. However, 99.9% of our parents do not expect special treatment for themselves or their child. 100% of teachers/staff make themselves available to families at any time for any reason. 100% of fundraising and monetary expectations are spelled out upon registration. The majority of parents work hard daily, on and off campus, to fundraise, volunteer and support this community. There are countless opportunities to help out. 100% of many fundraisers go right back into the classroom. Our front office ladies, support staff and teachers are concerned, caring and superior to other schools. Sadly, I agree, it is going to be a long road to building completion. In the mean time, we will continue to give 110%.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
My child has been with STA for 3 years and we are very pleased in his performance and education. All cots are posted and readily available for anyone with questions. Discounted The tuition is discounted for active members and further discounted by scholarships and fund availablity (which all families have received). In the three years that I have been with the school, there are few who ever leave. I would also like to address the posting on 3-14-09. My child is the one this posting addresses. He has many allergies, the most severe is a peanut allergy. I find myself very blessed to be surrounded by such a loving community. The classroom structure was not changed, just a simple request to keep the Classroom a peanut free room, as in the previous years. Sincerely, A most grateful parent

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2009
We are so pleased with our experience at this school. We have found that all of the teachers to be friendly and caring no matter who you are. This hasn't been our experience at other schools. We would choose STA again and again.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2009
We have been a St. Thomas Aquinas family for three years and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the pre-k and kindergarten teachers. They are lovely women who care deeply about each individual student. They are hard working and available to address any concerns that parents may have. Although we have not yet worked with any other teachers at STA we are looking forward to first grade and beyond. We are blessed to be able to call St. Thomas Aquinas our family's school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
The mission and goal of St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School and its' community is salvation. This is the school's most important purpose and I believe that teachers, staff, and most parents are committed to this. This school is always trying to improve itself. No school or situation is ever perfect, but I have witnessed nothing but dedication and professionalism from the teachers. Several times I have passed the parking lot and have seen the teachers' cars parked early in the morning and late into the evening. Not only are the students given challenging curriculum, but they are all encouraged to be self-disciplined Catholics.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
This young school has improved each of the past five years. Our children are learning how to be confident public speakers while understanding the importance of community involvement and spiritual growth. The school wide test scores have improved year after year and so has the staff. The Pre-K, Kinder and First Grade teaches are wonderful, special people who know how to connect with their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
If you could design great teachers, great friends, and an involved parental community and combine those qualities with a faith based education... you would have St Thomas Aquinas. My children are thriving as are their friends.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
Look elsewhere. There are several other options in the area that are a much better education for your money. Obviously better than a standard public school, but we too are disappointed with our Kindergarten experience. The classroom is not a fair learning envrionment and over the line parent/teacher/board member relationships take precedent over the classroom as a whole. Personal agenda rules here. We have found the school board Presidents ( present and past) to be fair and open to ideas. Unfortunately fairness becomes stagnated with a less than optimal administration. A recent junior high trip to Sante Fe to study art architecture was a fabulous experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
I am extrmely happy with St. Thomas Aquinas. The curriculum, leadership, and teachers are very good, with some being excellent. I am somewhat disappointed with the new Kindergarten teacher, but there are very strong teachers in most of the other grades. I have yet to find a school that is without flaw (public or private) and while this one has some too; the benefits of a strong faith based school with solid curriculum outweighs those minor flaws. I have experienced both public school and now St. Thomas and am very pleased we are here. I found that all of the costs were either in the Handbook, posted on the website, or in the information given to us. There are some fundraisers and you are not expected to give equally; they ask you to give what you can, when you can. A system I found very fair.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
This school is such a disappointment! They do not have any type of tutoring, the sports programs are lacking and the teachers are not so great. In fact there are a couple that just do not care about the students succeeding, unless you are friends with them. The parents are very clicky. We are definietly looking elsewhere fr our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
If you are planning to send your kids here, you must consider the following: It costs more money than advertised. The tuition cost is one thing, but then they pile up the charges, registration, and scrip, and other appeals, to the point that it infringes upon monthly costs. In return you get 'blotchy' grades some good/some bad. To add to the monetary issues almost all the kids are in additional scholarly activites to help them catch up for the lack of proper teaching. Private tutors, tutoring academies or after school math and reading. That also adds up. The return for all this, is that the students will be as clicky as the parents and your child will only earn recognition based on parents last-name. Signed, a non-accepted-and-loving -it parent

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
My children have attended this school since it opened. I believe they are receiving an excellent academic education. This is reflected in the scores on the standardized tests. Catholicism is given great importance with the day beginning and ending in prayer and religion is the first subject of the day. The students all particpate in school mass every week and many students also actively participate in the Sunday mass. The teachers are all very strong in their grade level and/or subject area and I feel like they are motivated. Communication has improved a lot with the homework website and the online newsletter. I feel that this school is providing a superior education, it is nurturing and strengthening their Catholic faith. The students are confident public speakers, and ready to succeed at high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
The education is fair, but for a catholic school the parents behave like children. It is very catty and a very sad way for catholics to act and teach their children. You would think that with such a strong catholic background, the parents would be more open and compassionate towards one another instead of gossiping about one another in the parking lot all morning. It has come to a point that the principal must escort all the parents out of the courtyard right after morning prayer so they don't harass the teachers all day. Some of the teachers are not placed with the correct age groups while others are perfect, the problem is that there is no happy medium in this situation. The problem in this school is really the community not the education, and it is a tough lesson for little ones to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2008
STA offers not only excelling academics but a wonderful community for my children to grow up within a Catholic Community.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
I have had children at this school for the last four years and each year we have seen improvement in the curriculum, teachers, administration and resources available to the children and teachers. There is a real sense of community which is cultivated through volunteerism at school and through other church ministries. My children are recieving a solid catholic education and this school is on track to be the best elementary school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
Majority of the teachers at this school come from public schools and continue to teach at a public school level. The teachers do not challenge the students and yet are asked to return. Teachers are very clicky with certian parents which doesn't set a good example.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School is a wondeful school ensuring Cathloic values in our students. We have been extremely happy with the academics and most of all the staff of the school. The school is small and is filled with caring families that will support each other. It is a special place for spiritual learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
School administration has always been poor. Many teachers have been substandard and still asked to return. Worst communication to parents imaginable. Priest could care less about school, except his fancy art program. Kids go to school more days and more hours daily but are farther behind their peers at neighboring public schools. No gym, athletic fields, cafeteria, computer labs.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
My children attended this school for several years. I was extremely disappointed in their academic success. The Language Arts program from 2nd-8th grade is extremely lacking in the areas of vocabulary development and writing. As far as math is concerned, they are trying to improve and have adopted new textbooks. It will take a few years before they see adequate results. Many students have tutors or attend summer school classes at other schools to 'catch up' on their basic skills in various subjects. The parents are gossipy and clicky. Many fail to follow school policies which isn't setting a good example for the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Academically they are behind a year from where they should be. This school seems to be closed (half days, in service days) more than it is opened--and parents are not given enough time as a heads up when they decide school is out or in. If you are a stay at home parent this is a good school for you, but for those who have to work you are really left out. Your child can get a better education in a public/charter school than here and take Religious Ed at your local church. Save your hard earned money for the kids college.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
No challenging at all. By no means up to standards.Sorry to be called a true catholic school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
Not academically challenging in language arts. Few to no written assignments throughout the past 3yrs. For being a catholic school, I did not feel as though everyone was included. Parents are very 'clicky', which is not a good example for the kids. Math program very poor! They offer no tutoring help to those in need...not the catholic school I grew up in. Resources such as the library are limited.Few activities for parental involvement if you are a working parent. All in all my family never felt welcomed or included.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
Excellent and challenging school. Great religious art program. Lots of parental involement.

- submitted by a parent
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St Thomas Aquinas Grade School
13720 West Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ  85392
(623) 935-0945
Last modified St Thomas Aquinas Grade School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Thomas Aquinas Grade School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top