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St Thomas Aquinas High School

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Posted September 7, 2013

I graduated St Thomas Aquinas in 2009 and was absolutely unprepared for college. Echoing another reviewer, I received an A on all of my papers I wrote in the library during lunch. I very rarely even took a backpack home. When I attended a somewhat prestigious university outside of the Midwest, I was immediately flagged by my freshman professors as needing remedial help given the lack of preparation I received at STA. Inflating grades and allowing "high achieving" students to waive final exams is doing students no favors. I was entirely in equipped for rigorous exams or fair grading in college.


Posted August 21, 2013

Saint Thomas Aquinas high school recently posted the highest ACT composite scores since we began keeping records of them in the 90s. Once again the Saint Thomas Aquinas curricula and the programs to address academic need have proven to be effective. Saint Thomas Aquinas compares favorably to every metro school.
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Posted April 23, 2013

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park won National Blue Ribbon School School designation from the US Department of Education for academic excellence. We have won the Kansas Governors Achievement award for academic excellence in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Our state and national standardized test scores are consistently above those of the great area schools against which we compete for students. Our students regularly win presidential recognition for their service to the community. Our annual canned food drive collects literally tons of food for local Catholic Charities. This year our annual "Wigs Out" event had 146 girls from the community cut their hair and donate it to organizations that make wigs for cancer victims, in addition to raising thousands of dollars for cancer charities. We have several students who have committed to religious lives, including ordained priests, religious sisters, and young men in the seminary. Our Key Club service organization won recognition as the best Key Club in Kansas. STA also excels in athletics, having won more than 75 state titles in 25 years, but that only speaks to the quality of teamwork and community fostered here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

I graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas two years ago and I can't begin to explain my incredible experience at the school. The academic, faith and family-based atmosphere truly affected my growth as a student and as person. I was academically challenged in all of my courses, and many of them were honors and AP courses. The teachers were extremely well educated and knew the most effective way to teach the curriculum. Whenever I faced a struggle in my courses the teachers were always more than willing to help me until I understood the concept clearly. They made sure I was academically prepared for college, and as a sophomore in college I can honestly say I was extremely prepared for my courses, more so than most of my peers from other high schools. The community also provides support through extra curricular activities, community service, and opportunities to explore and express our faith. I had an absolutely incredible experience there and I would encourage any student looking into a Catholic education to attend my alma mater, Saint Thomas Aquinas. -Katie Lind


Posted November 14, 2011

Aquinas is far behind its competitors in academics. Here's what you should know: 1. Grade inflation - Notably the 5 extra points added for "honors" classes 2. Lack of AP/IB/BC courses - The archdiocese cannot afford to hire teachers who are qualified to teach these courses, and therefore students are behind when college rolls around. 3. Athletic atmosphere - Aquinas dumps all of its energy - and funds - into their athletics program, which leaves little emphasis on education. They recently dropped $1 mil on new turf and stadium seats - money that could have been used to hire better teachers or implement an SAT/ACT preparatory program. 4. Easy curriculum - When at Aquinas, I took every "honors" class available, however, upon coming to college I found that my peers were much more prepared - especially in Math, Science and Economics. 5. Dull reputation - Compared to other schools in the area, Aquinas just isn't known by universities outside of Kansas and Missouri. If your child is planning on attending a prestigious university they are REALLY going to have to excel. Rockhurst, Sion, St. Teresa's or the Blue Valley School district are definitely better options.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2011

I graduated from Aquinas four years ago and in hindsight, I was not at all prepared for college. The school atmosphere and athletics were outstanding. The academics? Not so much. I took honors classes in all available subjects and did not feel particularly challenged. There was far too much teaching via videos as well as substantial grade inflation. The lack of an AP program hurts students both in terms of college preparation and competitiveness of applications when applying to college. If your son or daughter is looking to go to a (semi)prestigious college, I would suggest looking at Rockhurst, St. Teresa's, Sion, or the Blue Valley schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2011

My son is in college now and he attended STA and it was a great school with wonderful teachers. It is a college prep and he was well prepared for college after attending STA. An amazing fact - he never had anything stolen in all the years he went there. Prior to STA he attended a Catholic boys school in KC MO that is supposed to be good. He got EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING he took to school stolen there and his life was threatened there and the administration did nothing. Oh - they did - they told us our son needed to "man up" - I guess stealing and threats are something you are supposed to get used to there. But STA was a wonderful school with no threats or stealing. He was always amazed at how nice everyone was to each other. Also the drug problem is horrible at the Catholic High school for boys. There are drugs at STA also but not nearly as bad as the boys school.
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Posted April 18, 2011

Aquinas creates an apathy for learning, and I was not prepared for college after attending. The honors courses were too easy. There are not enough opportunities to gain college credit. My honors economics teacher only taught us the philosophy of Milton Friedman (by watching videos none-the-less), I received an A on every paper I wrote during lunch in the library, biology teachers spent more time on creationism than evolution, the religion classes were a joke. The fact that the school creates it's own curriculum is extremely problematic. Do not expect you or your student to be intellectually or culturally stimulated; expect boredom and a resentment of Catholicism. Aquinas does, however, manage to win multiple state championships a year. Weak academics, great athletics. Where are your priorities? Don't waste your money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2006

I have a freshman and a junior at Aquinas and the school is top notch. The emphasis on academics creates a tremendous college preparatory atmosphere. Academics definitely come before athletics, though the schools athletic programs prove to be extremely competitive. The soccer teams (boys and girls) have been ranked nationally and the school has state championships in almost every sport in which they compete. There is also a definite family atmosphere for a school with a large enrollment. The school is very inclusive, with students from all income categories. Opportunities exist for those requiring financial assistance. Parents are kept up to date with student progress with bi-weekly grade reports via e-mail. The Catholic foundation provides for a foundation of discipline and genuine respect among the students for teacher and other students. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wishes for great opportunities fro success for their child. -TPD
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Posted September 30, 2004

I've had one child graduate from Aquinas and another currently attending. This school and staff are simply wonderful. Academics come before atheltics, and that's a huge plus. I feel the discipline of a Catholic school helps the learning process. I highly recommend this school to other parents. DS
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 67%
Hispanic 5% 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
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11411 Pflumm Road
Overland Park, KS 66215
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