I am grateful to Gina Panza, Head of School. She has added dynamic new teachers to our faculty, worked tirelessly to lead our community, and her passion and commitment to St. Thomas's Day School is inspiring.
My two children have attended St. Thomas' and I have one child still there. St. T's is an extraordinary place for children and provides something that very few schools offer to elementary children. In addition to providing a nurturing, child focused, engaging learning environment, the school provides children with an amazing sense of self and builds self esteem, presence, and a wonderfully broad sense of self within community. This is a foundation that will last my children their whole lives and it shows up in their comfort with speaking or performing in front of audiences, their ease and ability to communicate fluently with all ages and diverse people. Children learn there that they are important beings in their own right and that everyone else is too; that everyone has something important to give.
A strong curriculum is the foundation of the school and this is supported by a wonderful spectrum of field trips where children get to explore the world outside the schools 4 walls and beyond New Haven.
At St. Thomas', the school staff and faculty get to know your child really well and the school works hard to specifically address each child, their needs, and their learning style and abilities. My children love the school and as a parent I love being part of this community. It's a great place that partners with you as you raise young children and that draws the best out of all of them.
I have two children both who attended St. Thomas Day School from Kindergarten through 6th grade. My children thrived at the school, made lifelong friendships and formed deep bonds with their teachers. The uniquely intimate, nurturing and value based environment at the school created a safe yet challenging environment in which to become enthusiastic learners and ethical young human beings. This alone speaks volumes but now that they are high school and college students, the fruits of their St. Thomas's education multiply! Both have grown to be focused, open-minded, organized , creative and dedicated students at top institutions. And finally, as a family , the St. Thomas community has provided us all with lifelong friendships- the bonding among the parents has generated some of the most special friendships that we have even now many years after graduation.
This is truly a very special place for children and parents both!
The intimate environment creates a sense of family generating love and compassion for each other. This begins with the teachers and head of school, who all know individually each student whether in their class or not- it is very much like a family.
There are many individuals who have touched my children but Christi Sharon, a reading specialist who works with many grades, has a gift for drawing out the best in kids and also making them feel great about their achievements.
The teachers are excellent. New teachers are mentored by experienced staff and have regular access to the school leadership so that they feel supported and so that they help the students meet academic expectations.
When you choose to send a child to a private school, you can only hope it will be this fabulous. Supportive, energized and creative staff build on a foundation in traditional education makes St. T's shine. You will not find experimentation with the trendy at this school. You will also not find showy wealth or poorly behaved children. Our experience has been just amazing. Visit the school and ask all the hard questions you can think of because they can handle it.