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St. Thomas Aquinas School

Private | PK-8 | 150 students

Our school is best known for its family atmosphere and Values Code Program.

 
 

Living in Baltimore

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $130,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

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5 stars

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2013:
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Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014

My daughter is a 2nd grader at STA. It's a safe & nurturing environment. The faculty will know you and your child by name. They have embraced Common Core Standards, raising the bar for deeper understanding in language arts, writing, & mathematics. STA is aggressively increasing the merger of technology & instruction. My husband and I are impressed with the high schools & colleges STA graduates attend. Although, we are not Catholic, our family appreciates the values they are reinforcing at this Catholic institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas is a wonder school. My oldest son who is now in college attended STA. We were so satisifed that we had our 2nd son and he was school age we thought of STA as the only option. The school is small but this allows for better one on one attention and promotes a family like atmosphere. We are happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas is a wonderfull school. Our oldest graduated from STA and now is in college. When we had our youngest son we could not think of any other school for him to attend once he became school age. We love the family-like environment and the teachers really care and are dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Excellent school, wonderful teachers, treated like family. Very diversified. Education is top notch. Close to downtown with easy access to I83. Principal is very caring and active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St. Thomas has been like another home to me. My children are the third generation in my family to attend school here. I have so many fond memories as a student & now as a parent. The education here is one that prepares students not just for their continued schooling, but life as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St.Thomas Aquinas School is school that not only cares about reading, writing, math and now computer sciences. It teaches students to think out side the box. The teachers aren't teaching at St.Thomas Aquinas because of big budgets and salaries They are there because the BELIEVE in the students and giving them a great education! And you can't find that kind of dedication in your iPhones!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

im sorry. made a mistake in previous post. it should read and say closeness to god!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

STA has helped me so much. Hi, I am a graduate of the class of 2013 from STA. I attended the school for 9 years, everyday when I would wake up I was excited to go visit my family. STA is a family. The amount of learning that was done by me and my fellow classmates was through the roof. The teachers continued to push us to do our very best and would help us with our work if it was requested. STA has done so much for me , I am currently a freshmen at Loyola Blakefield. I transitioned so well into high school because I was doing 9th grade level work in 8th grade. STA prepared me for Loyola in many ways , not just emotionally but socially and spiritually as well. I was extremely disappointed to learn that Sr. Marie Rose retired after my 7th grade year, however, Mr. Rand has done an amazing job attempting to change what needed to be changed and kept all the goodness that Sr. had earned with her hard work of 30+ years. Thank you STA for all you have done for me. -BB


Posted April 8, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas school is an excellent school. I personally attended STA as a child. I loved and endured every minute of it. Now my children are attending the school. They actually have some of the same teachers I did. I refuse to send my kids anywhere else. It's a small school and the teachers are great. They do everything they can to help the children. The principal is also amazing. He as well will do anything in his power to help the children and families of STA.. I love how the school is small. It is like one big family. Everyone knows everyone, and we get along so well. The teachers have a lot of patience with the children and have small classrooms, so therefore no child goes unnoticed or ignored. They have a great aftercare program.. My children also love to attend. The school also offers tutoring to children who may be struggling in a certain subject. Again, I cannot reiterate enough I refuse to send my children to any other school in the Baltimore City school district. I love St. Thomas and so do they.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

I graduated from STA in 1995, and I am now 30 years old. Sr. Marie Rose and Ms. Kaufman still ask about when they run into my mother. They still care. In 1995, 18 students graduated. We had Such fond memories from that time that we chose to organize an "Elementary School Class Reunion" in 2011. 15 of us attended, with one person traveling from Florida to attend the get-together. I think that says a lot about the environment of this school. My classmates and I have grown up to lead successful lives. A couple of us attended prestigious universities (NYU comes to mind), a number of us have attained our dream jobs (one classmate is now a Chiropractor), and a few of us have begun growing our families. To this day, most of us still keep in touch. I'm at the stage where my fiance and I are discussing children and where we'd like to send them to school. St. Thomas keeps coming up as a strong contender. I might be biased, but I think STA is a great place to get your start in life.


Posted September 10, 2012

I attended St. Thomas Aquinas back when it only went to the fifth grade. Back then it was like a big family, where all the teachers truly cared about you and your future. My first year there I was struggling after transitioning from public school. My teacher picked me up from home and tutored me over the summer to catch me up. Today, St. Thomas Aquinas is no different. It is still the fond familiar place I remember. Now my son is attending kindergarten there and he absolutely loves it. If you're looking for small class sizes, challenging curriculum, and teachers who will remember your child for decades to come, then St. Thomas Aquinas is the place you want to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

St Thomas Aquinas is a wonderful school for all children. Our daughter completed pre-k this past school year. We are completely amazed at her progress with her reading and level of concentration. We have also enjoyed the events for the children and family. I believe any parent considering this school will not be disappointed. Great value as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

STA is more than JUST a school, it is a family. Calls from teachers and staff are always welcomed and not dreaded. The higher classes are mingled in with the younger classes until they are familiarized with the school and the everyday routine. There are smaller classes and each child gets one on one instead of 'lost in the system'. Our Principal is firm but fair, and that is greatly respected and appreciated. Sister Marie Rose has worked hard at completing a secure and competent staff. I would recommend this school to anyone in the surrounding area or even further away. Tuition is reasonable, and know that your hard earned money will be well spent on your child's education. Again, STA is a wonderful enviornment, family oriented, and much more than the 5 stars I have given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

STA is a wonderful school. The principal, teachers, staff, Father Sean and volunteers are what make our kids the people they will grow up to be. I do feel though that discipline is taken a little lightly here, butthen again, we as parents are not disciplining our children at home. I have seen the way some children act at school and the way the act out of school. They are two totally different children. Right and wrong begins at home and is just defined at school. The community is great, the families are great. I would like to see more fundraisers such as dinners, maybe a shrimp feast or crab feast, a luau or even just a carnival day for the kids. Also, I honestly do believe that you need more sports and extra-curricular activities. Maybe a softball team, cheerleading, baseball, some clubs such as math and science. Overall... I would recommend this school to everyone I know! Keep up the good work STA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

STA is like an old-fashioned, small-town school, with all the great things that suggests and a few of the draw-backs, as well. The teachers, librarian, principal, and staff are wonderful. The students feel secure and loved as they progress through clear lessons to gain a good foundation in the basics. Kids who do well with structure and thrive with a daily routine (and I think most young kids do) will be happy here, although some modern parents may have to get used to it! After the early years, some kids may be ready for more challenges. These are harder to come by because the school is so small and has fairly limited resources. In the end, I decided my kids gained so much from feeling secure and successful that I was willing to do without fancier facilities in middle school. My son loves to go to school--that says it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

Well i would have to say STA has helped me grow in a way i never thought i would. I attended for only two years, 7th and 8th and now i'm about to be a sophomore in highshool! Now even though i only attended two years they welcomed me as their own and took me in as family. That's what i love most the 'everybody knows everybody' enviroment. It makes you soooooooo comfortable. From the wonderful principal to the amazing staff. I've been gone two years and i still can't get enough so i come back and visit. Thanks to St. Thomas i've found who i am and now i know MYSELF. Now don't get me wrong i've always did but i would've called it a identity diffused which is never good! I can go on and on but i'm going to end by saying thank you STA for EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2008

My family has just finished the first year of what I foresee to be many years at STA. I have children going into Kindergarten, 2nd and 8th grade. I am very pleased to be part of such an outstanding community. Jen Muller
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

St Thomas Aquinas School combines academic rigor with the love of our Lord, Christ Jesus. The staff nurtures my child's mind (academics), body (sports) and his soul (religion). What a profound mission!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

This is a great school, with a real neighborhood feeling. The academics are great, the class sizes are small and the teachers are nurturing. My daughter has been there for 4 years, and tells me how much she loves it and that it is the best school in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

My son was reading in k! he will be starting 4th grade in the fall and is getting a wonderful education! thank you sta, i wouldn't send him anywhere else in the city! lb
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Black 27% 35%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AdvancED Certification (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (410) 889-1956

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Notre Dame University Maryland
  • Loyola University Maryland
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Private/Parochial Schools
Nursery/Pre-Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Calvert Hall College High School, IND
The Catholic High School of Baltimore
Archbishop Curley, Polytechnic Institute
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3710 Roland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Phone: (410) 889-4618

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