Far above average for this area, and slightly above average for the remainder of the country as private schools go - good for kids who like boundaries and like to learn. So far, most teachers are excellent, yet girls tend to get preferential treatment on behavior issues. Haven for conservative Catholics, so if your views vary a bit, or are based on logic and a growing religion, you'll be seen as an "outsider" but still can get a much better quality education than the area public schools. Most students seem respectful and well-boundaried. Girls tend to get away with tattling, and as always, these small communities tend to have rampant gossip so if you are new to the area or community, walk in with a thick skin. Good education, but very conservative religious views, a bit hypocritical but not beyond the typical conservative religious base. Female Principal is nice, but school is clearly run by male conservtive Catholics with very narrow chauvanistic views. Excellent security - the secretary does it all and takes very good care of your children. Just watch out for the gossip - it can be very unpleasant.
I attended St. Thomas as a child and now my two children attend. I am so happy that my children will be able to receive the same quality care and education that I experienced when I was young. Much has been added to the school since I was there, they now offer an extended day program, pre-k and kindergarten program, and many afterschool clubs including, band, drama, art, Odyssey of the Mind and yearbook.
It offers a wonderful atmosphere for the children to learn. The school uniforms are a plus. Classroom sizes are too large - 26 kids in one class. The school is more geared to an average learning student. If your child requires special ed help, this school probably wouldn't be a good choice for you.
Have had my daughter at Aslan's Pride pre-school, Tri-City Christian Academy, and here. My son attends North Hampton elementary. Compared to Tri-City Christian, St. Thomas has both benefits and drawbacks. I think the Sanford school district in general would benefit by looking into the teaching styles of both Aslan's Pride and North Hampton School (public.)
All three of my children have gone here, its a wonderful atmosphere for learning. Great teachers and lots of parent involement.
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