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K-8
Private
Monterey Park, CA
Students enrolled: 165

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1501 South Atlantic Boulevard
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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(323) 261-6583
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August 02, 2014
Decided to enroll my child at STA this year as I've heard good things about it. Their class size is perfect! Not overcrowded whatsoever. More 1 on 1 attention. Academically this works out best for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2014
UNFORTUNATELY my review to which there are several responses was removed but the responses were NOT ?? Only the positive reviews remain??...AND GOOD reviews, based on the PASSED years, I might add. I am not a disgruntled parent. My statements are based on MY FIRST-HAND personal experiences only, which is why I do not have a problem sharing. As a prospective parent I would want to know these things to ensure I am up for a challenge, if necessary. I do embrace change and forward thinking which is why I loved STA (we were able to implement so many new programs with the support of the principal and dedicated parents). I too work in the corporate world and understand reorganization.The change in principal is not what this is about. These issues started before that had begun.It's about respect, consideration and communication - something was lost in the shuffle. I was willing to give the school/priest a chance but was continuously left empty-handed, even the Archdiocese was left with a deer-in-the-headlights look (1st hand). But that is all behind us now. I truly hope the best for my friends who remain. Families/students are amazing at STA! Change is always good!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2014
St. Thomas Aquinas School has been a positive and helpful environment for my child. As a parent, my sole interest is my child's education. I want my child to be challenged academically with a rigorous curriculum, and amongst people who respect and strive to be good. I can honestly say, that through conversations with my child, and an overall observation of the faculty and classroom environment, I have reaffirmed my decision to keep my child at STA. I am beyond pleased with the changes in Administration. I met with the new principal. She is highly educated, extremely friendly, and most importantly, a genuine individual with very high achieving goals. I'm very impressed. I can only say, that the direction in which she will lead the school will be towards excellence. I am hoping that parents who see my same objectives will get on board to assist our school community. The changes that have already been implemented in this short amount of time give an insight to what lies ahead. God bless our school. Thank you for your dedication to the art of teaching our children. Sincerely, One very happy parent

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
In response to the fear ridden prior review...It is shameful that some disgruntled parents choose to bash a school due to a change in administration. Reorganization can occur in any employment setting, including catholic schools. If the school board dissolved, well they must have been a weak team in the first place. The upheaval caused by some has created an elusive fear that in simple terms is plain silly! Perhaps the Pastor took the high road and decided not to contribute to the circulating misleading gossip. It seems that some parents are more preoccupied with school politics over the academic performance of their children. Solution to a nonsensical crisis= Principal could have left with more dignity. STA will persevere! it has already become better and stronger due to a much needed CHANGE!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2014
I will say the following: I am a proud parent of 2 children currently attending STA. This will be our 6 th year attending at this wonderful school. The faculty has been absolutely wonderful, competent, and experienced. I'm thrilled to return, despite all the changes. I had the opportunity to meet with our new principal and she seems to be just what we need here!! A well educated PHD candidate who has a wonderful reputation for being a great educator. With this new leader I'm sure she will lead our educators in a great path towards excellence!!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2014
I'm a proud and active parent and looking forward to the new leadership at Saint Thomas Aquinas in 2014-2015. This past year I was disappointed with the disconnect the school office had with the parents. Fundraisers were not advertised properly and everything was at the last minute. It's our responsibility to maintain an open communication with the school personnel and parents in general. We are the voice of our children. On main objective as to why we send our children to private school is for the education they are receiving. STA is going to excel in all aspects in the school environment. GO EAGLES!!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I have two children here and they love it. The teachers are great. The school community is great. There really is a family atmosphere here and I we see it as our home.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
I luv the school. The principle and staff are great! Love the small community the school is.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
As an educator, I hold a M.A. in Education with credentials and pursuing a K-12 Educational Leadership Ed. Doctorial program. THE FACTS FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW...The school lacks in the following: 1 no support/tutoring services when students struggle in a subject 2 many non-credential teachers 3 no traditional library and computer lab 4 a large number in teachers/students turn around 5 goal next yr. is a 1:30 teacher: student ratio 6 large amount of students are not at grade level in Math, Science and Reading. 7 Both elementary and middle school have lunch and recess together and share the same restroom. 8 principal rationalizes the poor education quality. Teacher quality based on a classroom observation: 1 instructions and goals were unclear and rushed. 2 teacher lacked subject knowledge. 3 students unengaged. 4 1 Ex: My son raised his hand to seek help on assignment, teacher's response was "oh yeah you are on the right track" then walks away. 5 poor class rm. management. Also. 5 70% of classwork/ HW are not graded 6 Teacher communication is little and unclear. Because the principal and teacher have made a negative impact on my son's life, my family will not return to STA.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
I'm in the eighth grade and we went to Washington D.C. - it was awesome!! STA has brought many new things to the school - IPads, smart boards, interactive programs for us to use in the computer lab and on our iPads. My sister is in the fourth grade and her teacher has her write a lot using the computer lab and her ipad. We also do our science projects using our iPads, laptops or computers - since the school has us use computers it has been great to come to school

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2013
We made the decision to send my daughter to STA at 4 years old. It was between a preschool elsewhere and Transitional Kinder at St. Thomas Aquinas. My very shy 4 year old. Is the school too big? Is she still too little to go from 8am to 3pm? I was confident they would prepare her for Kindergarten. But what about everything else? What if she was too shy to ask to go to the bathroom? Would they make sure she ate her lunch? And my kid doesn't nap. Will she be okay? I have to share this - SHE LOVES IT! I had worried so much for nothing. She comes home and talks about her teachers and the friends she has made. She is always singing what she has learned in Music class. And the families here are so nice and helpful. It really is a wonderful community and the environment we want our family to be part of.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
This school has changed my life completely, I'm curently in 7th grade here at St. Thomas Aquinas. I love the staff and the people. We all no each other and are always talking to one another, i have learned so much of the 8 years been here (since kinder). If you send your children here then im sure your will be completely and abosalty happy. LOOK NO MORE..SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE(:

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2012
I love this school i also love the 7th grade writing teacher he's cool yes he is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2012
My child is currently attending STA and based on the quality of teachers, level of academics and moral leadership she will be very prepared for high school and the challenges ahead that our children will face in a competitive world.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
St. Thomas Aquinas has been a great experience for my two sons. I really like that STA is a school that maintains a strong academic curriculum in a small school setting (avg class size is 22 students). I know that each of my sons receives the attention that he needs to effectively learn and develop. Such an attentive environment would not be possible in the overcrowded classrooms found in the surrounding public schools. Also, as a parent, I ve had the opportunity to interface with the principal and various STA staff. All of them are very approachable and are always interested in improving the curriculum and developing new enrichment programs. For example, STA has recently added an after school Drama Club and Cheerleading and will be adding more academic programs as a result of the move to a 200-day school year. I would really recommend attending one of STA s open house events or make an appointment to see what STA has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
Definitely a cut above others schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
Activities are fun and easy to enjoy! I enjoy my writing class.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 09, 2010
Excellent! Friendly environment! I love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
Wonderful community setting. STA students are aware of moral values and decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
I like St. Thomas Aquinas school because it's close to where we live and I want my children to learn about catholic religion.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
St. Thomas Aquinas in located in a great/safe area of Moterey Park. The kids here are a great big family. They not only grow academically but also religiously. The teachers and adminitrative staff are always available to assist and answer any questions that arise.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
One child at STA. I am happy with its teachers, the programs and the principal. When one considers the alternatives: public school (no thank you), St . Stevens (cut backs & teacher lay offs no music or P.E) and St. Teresa in Alhambra has closed; this school is right on target. There is always room for improvement, but all in all I am pleased with the results. My kid tests consistently in the 98% percentile . There is no school that can force your kid to learn. A parent MUST take an active role. I find that allot of parents at this school as in other schools expect the teachers to do it all. It is totally unrealistic expectation. If you want exceptional results, be exceptional with your child!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2010
I have had one child graduate from this school, she is now taking honors course, we are so pleased on how prepared she was for H.S. I have two more kids at this school and they are doing good. My son likes sports and knows that he has to get good grades to be on the team. My youngest likes her teacher and is very happy, I feel my children are save and are learning. I will continue to keep my kids at this school as long as I afford it.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
I enjoy this school the teachers are nice but the students not so much

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2009
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August 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2009
My child is currently a kindergarten at STA. they hold a class of 18 ( not too sure if that makes my money worth spending at STA or not) but I do know that my childs experince there has been exceptional. Her Kinder teacher is great! my child is reading, writting, problem solving, is working on fractions, knows her prayers. I pay for my child to learne anything else is extra. As long as my child is learning and growing in a exceptable maner then if the lunch program is not that great or if the parents are snooby or if the classes are 2 to 3 children over..that makes no difference to me. Parents if you are involved in your child school and get to know your childs teacher as much as possible then I believe you will be satisfied...

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
This school is average at best. My child has been attending this school for two years now and as much as I try to like this school, I can't help but feel disappointed. My child's current classroom has 28 students! For being a private school, i don't feel i'm getting my money's worth. Their current lunch program is not good. Even the pizza they serve on Fridays looks and tastes like frozen pizza. I've found other schools in the area who only average18 students per teacher, with API scores over 850, offering extra curriculum activities (orchestra/symphony, chorus/choir/vocal ensemble, STAE Music, etc)....just makes me think twice about my choices. Although I've met wonder parents (as well as some snobby ones) and some good teachers (like Mr. Retana), i will not re-enroll my child next year. Bottom line - I do not feel this school is worth my money.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
I go there and am currently in 8th grade. I don't feel i am being prepared for high school. I do feel, however, I will be prepared for English with the great teacher i have. The principal leaves a lot to be desired. She never focuses on important issues, such as academics or the school itself. She is always focused on our line being straight or our socks being too short, which has nothing to do with our education. Only 66% of students last year went to a private high school, if i were her, i would be more concerned about that. You will never see her in her office talking to a parent or handling issues, but always talking and laughing with the office staff. I thank God its my last year at that school. I would not send my own child to that school

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2008
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May 05, 2008
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January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2007
They have an excellent academic program. The teachers are very involved with the students. They offer computer classes starting at kinder.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
My child currently attends STA. I like this school but I am very unhappy with the large class size. However, I cannot bring myself to transfer my child because I have not found a better school. I have met many children from the local public schools & our children at STA just seem happier. Most STA parents are in-tune with their children. Also, the afterschool program is great. When I pick my child up, homework is complete which gives us the opportunity to spend more time having fun! Not happy with the catering co. that provides lunch but you have the option to brownbag.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
My daughter is new to this school but has always attended Catholic school. At first I thought it would be very difficult for her because of the commute and having to leave her old school and friends in Riverside; but fortunately she has adapted very well. She often comes home saying 'mom, I had a really good day!' I love her third grade teacher, the staff is wonderful,the principal seems to really respect the students. I had such a horrible experience in Riverside, that this school is truly God sent! The only thing is I hope that they can plant some tree's and grass, what is with the black top now a days?

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
Initially I was very happy with the school. Two years ago a new principal was hired and the school has flounder. There seems to be no direction or plan for the school's future. I feel that with the current pastor the school will continue to falter.My child will not be returning in the fall. It appears that the Archdiocese doesn't recognize the problem or refuses to intervene.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 12, 2004
In the beginning when my son started Kinder, it was hard for my child to adjust. But I would have to say that I have had many incounters with the teachers as well as the principal and office staff, and it has not been at all a bad experirence. As a parent I have been involved with many of the school functions, and I am proud to say that the school is much like a family, and I could honestly say that my son along with myself are very happy with the school and the surroundings. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
As an ex-employee and a friend of someone who sends her children to St. Thomas, I have to fully agree with the above parents. I have seen this school come out of the red, bring in computers, added safety measures to protect the students, and increase enrollment. The teachers are above average especially the fourth grade teacher who really gives so much love and support to all students. Even after 11 years, my cousin still remebers the manners and respect this teacher taught her. Send your kids here!

- submitted by a staff
no rating October 02, 2003
My only child is currently attending Saint Thomas Aquinas. I do have to say that in the beginning, the school's parent involvement was overwhelming. But, that has now transpired to a very fun and well informed means of learning about your child and being in tune with their academics. The curriculum used is very up to date, and challenging for the children. The atmosphere is pleasant and for a small school they accomplish a lot.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
St. Thomas Aquinas has provided a fun and educational environment. It contributes knowledge of various topics needed to know and much more. The extra curricular activities provide fun, growth and an excellent sense of teamwork amongst the children. Opinions and freedom of speech are also very important, especially among the Jr. High students. In the social studies and religion class, for an example, the students are encouraged to share their opinions and debate. Many find that they learn more and undestand more about their religion and history after being allowed to question ,have a debate or a passionate discussion with their classmates and teachers.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Besides the excellent academics St. Thomas has provided for my daughter, the extra-curricular activies they offer has helped my daughter grow. The school takes pride in teaching the children respect. And the teachers on staff also go that extra mile for the students. Many of them taking their own time out of school hours to help tutor students that need it...either staying after school is out or coming in early. Parent involvement is also high. Showing you how important the parents feel their involvement will help their child.

- submitted by a parent
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Saint Thomas Aquinas
1501 South Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA  91754
(323) 261-6583
Last modified Saint Thomas Aquinas is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Saint Thomas Aquinas Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top