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.
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.
A great school with a wonderful family environment and small class sizes. My child has done wonderful. Having other children who are much older, I have had experiences with many other schools. There has been no other school that comes close to the education, the environment and the values taught here. Highly reccommended.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!!!!!!
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
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!
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.
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
All schools have their upds and downs....for the alumnus who are disappointed or feel the school has done little for them, I ask, 'What have you done for the school?'....we have a new program starting this fall with help from College of Notre Dame assisting students in Math. We have partnered with Calvert Hall College for assistance in after care with Reading Comprehension. The cirriculum is considered challenging, but not outrageous for an elementary/middle school. Maybe you could have gotten more out of the school if there was more effort put in? You apparently only attended the middle school. Are you involved in any of the alumni drives. We truly respect your opinion, but respectfully disagree. Proud Parent of an 8 year veteran
I am both an alumnus and a parent. Like many of the reviews posted on this website, I love STA as does my daughter! The school's small family atmosphere makes it wonderful place to educate a child. The children receive an education in a nurturing, caring environment that encourages manners, good behavior, acceptance of others, all with good Christian values.
Very good pre K, K, and elementary school. Some problems with the middle school as far as resources and clickiness, but overall ok.
The 2007-2008 school year has been an exceptional one for me and my family. I stumbled upon St.Thomas Aquinas by pure accident and have been blown away ever since. I reside in Cockeysville,Md. and commute everyday to bring my children to this school. With education first,and the nurturing , hospitable characteristics of all the teachers and staff, I wonder how anyone can have something negative to say. No school is perfect but this facility is the closest thing to it.
Speaking as an alumnus, this school has done little for me. I only attended throughout middle school, and I feel that I could have gotten more out of those years that I did. The schoolwork was fairly average, but there was little help given to students who were more / less advanced than what the curriculum had to offer. There were a few teachers, some that were my own, and others who I had merely corresponded with throughout the year who I felt were very dedicated to their work, and would go out of their way for their students. This may be the only thing that impressed me about STA. alumnus, c/o 2007
As a parent of a former student and a teacher who worked at STA, I cannot say enough regarding the 'well roundedness' of their program. The love of the teachers and principal, and their unwavering determination to implement and execute a curriculum that embodies Christ as the Master Teacher is to be applauded. Lifelong friendships become a bonus from a school that truly lives their philosophy !! Ann Stone...teacher...parent of a former student
I have just completed my second year as the Library/Computer Technology Teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden. After teaching at Mervo High School for 32 years, I left retirement to teach here. I would rate this school outstanding-5 stars! The nurturing sense of 'family' here is very evident. I have been supported by our dedicated principal, Sister Marie Rose, and the staff and students. The parents have been outstanding in their encouragement and commitment to our program. At St. Thomas Aquinas, we make every effort to give our students a quality education. I am proud to be part of this effort. As a former high school teacher (Mervo) for 32 years, I am so overwhelmed by the interest our STA parents have in their children's education. This was often not the case in the public sector. I thank the students and parents who have supported my efforts and programs.
A few bad apples have spoiled the bunch for me. This school does very little to discipline children who are out of order on a daily basis. Every day my child comes home with a different story about something outrageous that has happened in the school. The school's discipline policy is 'kids will be kids, we will pray for them', no matter how horrible their behavior is. My child will not be attending STA next year.
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