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St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 196 students


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Posted July 4, 2014

I am very pleased with the education my children have been receiving at St. Thomas More. The teachers really care about the students and go above and beyond to help students succeed. I know my children will be well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2014

This school only cares about the money and not the education of the student. Unfortunately! Has never came through with their promises.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2014

I currently am a student at St. Thomas More and have found that my school is preparing me for the many challenges that will come in the future. I also have grown closer God both spiritually and intellectually. The teachers work hard to keep us safe and healthy, they also work hard to help the student see their full potential. Like high school students, we read challenging books like shakespeare and go see plays to give a new vision of the story. Being a student I fully recommend any parent to send their child here because we will welcome them with open arms.

Posted April 30, 2014

I am also a student who is currently attending St. Thomas More. The teachers here are strict, but very loving and look out for you. They do there best to educate their students and allow them to rise high above their expectations. I'm not going to doubt it, St. Thomas More is a small school, but i have met so many people that i have built an amazing friendship with. Yes, I highly recommend this school! (:

Posted June 13, 2013

My child started school here this year and I am very pleased with our choice! The principals are very welcoming and the teachers go above and beyond and really care about the children. My child has exceeded in every subject above grade level and is challenged everyday! I look forwarded to the years ahead at St. Thomas More!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2013

I am a Saint Thomas More graduate and I can honestly say that this school gave me a great educational foundation. The teachers were great and they showed that they cared. I graduated from college with straight As and I am now finishing up my graduate program, still will straight As. This school prepared me academically and taught me great morals. When I have kids of my own, I will be sending them to STM.

Posted April 16, 2011

BAD SCHOOL! 1. Why do they have the parents sign a paper that states, the parents are solely responsible for your child's education NOT THE SCHOOL? 2. Why does the school enrollment start at about 35-kids and drops to about 1/2 that by eighth grade? 3. Why do so many eighth graders need to be tutors to pass math? In my opinion, the only thing the school cares about is your money not your kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 31, 2011

The individual who wrote the July 16, 2010 clearly does not have his/her facts. The teachers ALL have degrees, some have advanced degrees and credentials. This person advocates sending a child to a CA Distinguished School (CADS) would be better, but a CADS does not mean a better education, it simply means the school raised their test scores. Environment, safety, motivation, accountability are minimal standards at CADS, it's all about test scores..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2010

Couldn't ask for more!! My son has been invited to study in Ireland during summer of 2011 for maintaining academic honors while participating in sports. STM has built his foundation and continues to encourage his dreams. Worth every penny, since my son strives beyond his goals!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 16, 2010

This school gets a very poor grade from the parents. Public school teachers need a four year college degree, post graduated teaching program, California Basic Educational Skills Test (C.B.E.S.T.), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (C.S.E.T.) and student teaching. They need all this before they can step into the classroom and teach on their own. Saint Thomas More School teachers take a two week class, held by the Archdiocese for certification. That is for certification by the archdiocese not the state of California. Some teachers are fully credential (but they do not stay very long) and others are still working on their degrees. If you do not want to give away around $4,000 send your child to one of the many California Distinguished School in your area. If you send then to Saint Thomas More School in Alhambra, you will be sorry.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2010

Highly recommended! We are very grateful to the staff and families at STM for their support, friendships and team work! Our daughter is graduating and has been accepted into high school with honors. The education, extra curriculuar activities and service has allowed her to become a well-rounded individual prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 22, 2009

My child and I are extremely happy with St. Thomas More School. My child enjoys going to school everyday (even during the summer!) I feel the curriculum is engaging and interactive. The teachers are qualified and who look for ways to increase student learning. They make it fun for the children. I have found the Principals extremely welcoming and easy to work with. I cannot imaging any place I would rather have my child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2009

I am very disappointed with STM. The teachers are poorly supervised and the Principals are not welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 24, 2008

My children attend STM, and love it! They have such a variety of after-school activities, such as: flag-football, cheer leading, basketball, chess, guitar lessons, volleyball, etc The school is a well-rounded environment for any child. The faculty, the principals, and the parents welcome anyone and make you feel comfortable, safe, and secure about the choice you made for your child. I highly recommend our school! (Also the principals have been there for almost a decade, so the last remark dated 08-14-08, may not have been posted to the correct school).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2008

the new principals took over. Once they started their duties, the first things that went were those honor's luncheons, santa's workshop, etc. Student morale went down. Parent morale went down. The principals are friendly and approachable, don't get me wrong. They just took away a lot of things that mattered to the students. In my experience, most of the teacher's do a good job but there are a few who have minimum expectations of students. Overall, I was very happy with the school, but over the years that's changed. I'm glad I'm almost done. I would still recommend it, but with caution.
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Posted May 2, 2007

Coming from another Catholic School, St Thomas More is awesome! The atmosphere is family oriented and everyone is supportive, including the principal's. The teachers and both principals are at school functions and are very approachable. We are always advised of 'where the money is going'. My family would and have recommended this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2007

I agree that the school has the potential to be great. The students are wonderful, and the parents are great. However, the administration is lacking in student involvement. I.E., going to games, showing support to their students.
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Posted October 20, 2006

I feel the Principal Leadership is lacking! Why do parents pay a $300.00 Book Fee? Things that make you say UMH!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 74% 52%
Two or more races 11% 3%
White 8% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2510 South Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (626) 284-5778


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