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St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 689 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2013

I am saddened that individual parents have to air their personal feelings about individuals on this website. What an inappropriate use of the forum. If they are truly that unhappy at the school they ought to leave and go somewhere else so others can enjoy it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

I really wanted to like this school. I put all my faith and hope in this place and it has been heartbreakingly disappointing. I think the school needs a change in leadership. A new principal would be a start and teaching the children to be more kind to one another would be the next step. Pray for the school and the children that go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

I think that maybe an upset parent wrote multiple reviews. As a former student just a few years ago, I always felt at home at this school. All of the teachers were amicable, capable, and willing to help when an opportunity presented itself. Academically, I was more than prepared for high school compared to other students from other schools. It offered opportunites for both athletic and academic and religious success and growth, the student must choose to succeed, because taking advantage of what one is given can create a great schooling experience at St. Thomas Aquinas.


Posted June 30, 2013

We had a horrible experience with merely making an inquiry into sending our son to this school. The staff member that the principal had talk to us was absolutley terrible. She seemed to very elitist and talked down to us. I could not beleive this was a Catholic school. We walked away and knew we would not come back. Subsequent to our experience we have heard many negative things from parents about this school. We count our blessings that we did not send out son here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

I was a former student at sta, and am currently at kapaun. I really enjoyed my time at STA. However, there was some bullying, and there was no one to go to who would actually do much about it. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the principal. She is great. However, I feel the school needed someone who you could talk to and would actually step in. One thing I am very confused about is that people are saying that the faith wasn't stressed enough. Though bullying was a problem, this is not the case. In fact, sometimes the religion got to seem like it was overly stressed and annoying. I think it is a great school with great leaders and environment, with only minor setbacks.


Posted June 17, 2013

St. Thomas has been a great school for our children. Great principal and Pastor. The staff is very competent , helpful and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

There is no concern for bullying at STA. The students are told they should just get along. This school will not get any quality rating as long as they sweep the bullying issue under the rug. The current priests are political conservatives who think that bullying is a character builder for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

This school is the worst. We just up and left and could not be happier where we ended up. In fact we were even bullied by the administration on down for leaving but there comes a time when it is just not worth it anymore to take teachers and a principal and associate pastor who are rude and insulting to good families who do the right thing. I would NEVER recommend St. Thomas to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

Make no doubt about it, this is a private school. Not a religion based school. If you think your kid has any kind of learning disability, I strongly suggest you looks elsewhere. Parent involvement is great, but unfortunately some of the staff only want cookie cutter type kids and the administration has no problem asking kids to leave. Read the reviews, for every review on here there are more that never voice their experiences. Each year kids are asked to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

The middle school has issues. Sorry. The kids need a leader. A principal who knows how to deal with the problems facing preteens. The athletic department could use an overhaul as well . There needs to be change in order for things to get better. Bullying is a huge problem. The school seems to encourage the aggressive and mean spirited kids and ignore the shy quiet ones. I think it has become a very sad place
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

This school is nothing short of outstanding. The teachers at this school truly care about the students. The amount of help that my sons have received here far exceeds any other school that I have been exposed to. The principal is very present to the kids and shows great leadership. The priests have added so much to the environment. I am very thankful for their strength and concern they show all students. There has been alot done about some bullying. (SOME) I am pleased with the administrative responses. I am very grateful for this school and what it has offered to my children.
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Posted June 18, 2012

Regarding one of the comments about middle school being about bullying and drama, let me say that unfortunately, that goes with the territory. It happens in every school- public, private or religious. However, I DO believe that the teachers and administration try to address the problem. They DO NOT sit back and watch! It is hard when a student goes through that, and the school acknowledges that. For the most part, it is a very welcoming and spiritual community. Academics are superb! This is a school constantly trying to improve itself. I have not seen such a hard working and committed principal anywhere else. Yes, there is politics in the athletic department. I suppose this is one area where parents need to decide if they want the trophies of just student participation. This is the one aspect where I see room for improvement. This is a school that excels in almost every area it tackles. To me, that is commendable. Parents are always welcome to participate and share views. Teachers are committed and invested in our students. I support STA wholeheartedly. One more thing: the Faith is a strong component of every day life at STA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

We have been blessed to attend St. Thomas school from 3 yr. old preschool through 2nd grade and I wholeheartedly rate our experience as excellent! If you are searching for a school with strong academics, great school leadership, and dedication to religous education, morals and values, then St. Thomas Aquinas School is for you. As parents who could choose any school experience in Wichita - we choose STA. Problems arise (big or small) in every child's academic years, and the way those issues are handled directly affects that child's future self-esteem and social abilities. In our experience, St. Thomas School has done a great job of resolving those types of issues. Parent involvement is no doubtedly higher than average and the teachers and administrators are willing to work together with parents for the best academic/religous experience available. Let the staff at STA show you what I already know - schedule a tour and see for yourself! (I guarantee that you will smile when EVERYONE in the school stops to say the morning and afternoon prayers together). Sincerely, Sharon Reusser
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

Reading all of the comments have been very helpful. What I notice is that parents do not seem to have a voice or a say at the school. The sad part is that when they leave a comment here, they are attacked by the "supporters". It is okay to not like something. It doesn't make you a better parent to go blindly along and never question. I am on this site researching schools to send my kids to since I am not all that happy with STA. It is not a horrible school but it is not that great either. The school makes Collegiate and Independant look like better options. The only thing that I think about that has kept me at STA is that KMC is a great high school and my family would like my kids to go there. It is a family tradition. But if we leave, we leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

I just read the previous opinions posted on this sight. St Thomas Aquinas is a quality school, with an outstanding principal and parish priest. We are very blessed to have them. They work very hard to provide our students with a safe and healthy environment to learn and grow. To say this school is anything less than top notch is narrow minded and uninformed. Spend a little more time praying for your child's health, happiness, and holiness; and a little less time criticizing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

There has been NO crackdown on bullying at this school. In my opinion and those of my children, it has gotten much worse. As for the academics, they are just okay. STA is no All Saints or any of the other Catholic Schools in Wichita that are performing better. I don't know if we will even stick around for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

I have three children who go to STA. My wife and I have been very happy with the quality of education and religious studies. We have seen strong emphasis on both and hope it continues. The test scores are some of the best in the state. Our children are more involved religiously than we ever were. There are tons of opportunities to volunteer your time if you are so inclined. Regarding the bullying comments, I can tell you the school over the last 2 years has clamped down on bullying to the point of almost being overly sensitive to it. My analysis as to why parents are critical of the school has come down to this: parents do not want o hold their kids to a higher standard. I won't deny the school has high requirements from an academic perspective. If you don't want to push your children to acheive their full potential then you may want to reconsider taking your child to STA. However, if you want your child to excel and be challenged and you are willing as a parent to not always be their friend, but instead be their mother and father, then this may be the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

STA is hardly a Catholic School. The faith is barely a garnish on the educational plate. My son says some of his friends put the Eucharist in their pocket instead of in their mouth. They obviously don't understand the importance of their actions. The bullying here is unbelievable. I agree that the environment is aggressive and that almost encourages this bad behavior. The Priest has detatched from the school and the principal is not doing her job. It is time for the Bishop to clean house.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

The culture of bullying at this school starts at the top. The principal is a bully, the vice principal is a bully and like the last person stated, the priest does NOT get involved and you can't even reach him when you have a problem. It is shocking but this school cares FAR more about money and their state assessment scores than about anything else. The idea that they truly care about their students' souls is a joke. This is just a rich kid school where parents buy a private education and if your aren't rich ENOUGH the education your child gets is not even up to the level of "mediocre."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

When you have a problem, there is no one to go to. My child was bullied terribly and nothing was done because of the politics between the families and the administration. The parents of the bully are more well known then my family and child and so I guess we will just have to suffer, You cannot go talk to the Priest, he has people put in place to shield him from conflict. Nothing ever changes or gets solved. I find the middle school to be a terrible place and maybe we need a middle school principal and a lower school principal since nothing seems to ever get done. I have thought about pulling my child but we have a long history there. I find the whole situation very depressing.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 74%
Hispanic 9% 14%
Asian 7% 2%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Wichita, KS 67206
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