Posted April 15, 2014
Hello, I am glad you stopped here! I love to share about our St. Thomas Family. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School is dedicated to nurturing spiritual growth, strengthening moral values, and developing academic excellence. The benchmark of our success as a school is not measured in grades or percentages, but in the development of individuals ready to explore possibilities, meet the challenges of life, extend themselves to others in order to do the work of Christ, and to always rise to their potentials. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities that offer different avenues for personal development. Independent learning is fostered in and out of the classroom, thus preparing the students intellectually, spiritually, and socially for their futures. All of these activities strengthen the sense of community at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School while helping to develop and foster lifelong friendships. These activities have also helped to form support networks for families new to the area and new to the school. Come see what great things God is doing in us and with us. It is truly an excellent academic education for life and an intentional discipleship in Catholic Faith for living!
St Thomas has been a wonderful experience for my family! The teaching staff is incredibly kind and dedicated to all of the children. The educational standards are high. I feel blessed to have found St Thomas for my children!
We love St. Thomas School. The loving, nurturing community of teachers, staff and parents makes a wonderful learning environment. My child who needed extra help, has been given the tools she needs to be successful. My child who is ahead, is challenged with extra websites and fun activities. After school programs and enrichment have increased in recent years, and my kids have taken full advantage.
I have 2 sons currently at St. Thomas, Ann Arbor (2nd grade and kindergarten). Both are thriving academically. Teachers and administrative staff seem very devoted to the intellectual, social, and religious formation of all the students. On the academic and social sides of things, I particularly like the small classes, opportunities for parent involvement (many volunteer opportunities to help in classes - speaking from experience with lower grade levels anyway - with lunches supervision, and other school activities), Spanish class from kindergarten up, and strong focus on fundamentals of math, reading, and writing. My older son started K without being able to read and by the beginning of second grade was reading at a 4th grade level. In terms of faith formation, I appreciate the weekly mass (which family can attend and in which students participate), eucharistic adoration (started in grade 2, I think), and other prayer times in the school chapel. I have also been impressed with the kids, who by and large provide a close-knit, friendly, inclusive, and supportive environment... One star off for 'TQ' only because I wish there was more effort to keep high-performing kids motivated.
I personally love teaching at St. Thomas the Apostle School. It provides a strong, yet nurturing faith-based environment in which to learn and grow. The support I receive from our principal and vice principal, the support staff, the parents, and the parish is top notch. The students are hard-working and respectful. I honestly look forward to going to work each day, and this is a great blessing.
Great school for my child. Safe, caring, nurturing, yet challenging learning environment. Teachers skilled at adapting teaching styles to accommodate varying learning styles. Principal and other staff are also skilled and do a great job. Family-oriented school. The person who posted that the teachers are bottom of barrel is WRONG. These teachers are not paid much, most often do not get raises, but they are teaching at St. Thomas because they care about the kids, truly enjoy teaching, and want to teach. They are not there just to collect a paycheck. My child has ADHD and this school as been the best learning environment for my child to excel - teachers and staff understand child's needs and do a great job of teaching in various styles to adapt to his way of learning. They do not have a one-size-fits-all approach which is so important these days.
This school has a great family feel to it. The faculty and staff are very friendly and helpful and it is evident they all love their jobs. They do an excellent job of incorporating the faith into the teachings at an age appropriate level and my daughter has LOVED every teacher she has had. They have a ton of great events for the families outside of school and they make sure to make everyone feel included. My daughter has gone to this school since preschool (is now in the third grade) and we have really enjoyed the whole experience. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
St. Thomas preschool is a great place. The preschool teachers are very kind, treat children with warmth and respect, and instill discipline in subtle, gentle ways. Class size is small, kids are gentle and treat each other with kindness. Classrooms are full of light. It is very clean, children wash their hands before meals and snacks, they learn good manners. It is adorable how the kids say "Pass the bread, please" at the table. There is a Spanish class, music and gym time. Our daughter is 4, goes 3 half-days a week and loves it. There is never a struggle to get her to school. Parents are very involved at this school, and parental participation is always encouraged. Whenever I come here, I feel welcome. Great place.
I transferred both of my children to St. Thomas a few years ago and have been very happy with their education and the social environment. Socially they blossomed and found many friends and academically they have excelled with the smaller class size. The environment is safe, diverse, and friendly. My only regret is that we didn't start at this school earlier in their education.
St Thomas is a wonderful school: small class size, great support staff, and amazing teachers! Gifted students or students needed extra help are organized into smaller group with materials appropriate with their levels. Tuition is quite affordable compared to other private schools in the area.
St. Thomas is a wonderful school with a family centered environment. My children transferred this year and they have blossomed. The teachers and staff work very hard to create a warm accepting environment. The academics are top notch. St. Thomas supports a wide variety of learning levels and styles. The athletic program encourages all students to participate if they are interested. We are so happy to have found St. Thomas. It has been such a positive experience for my family.
Our three boys attended St. Thomas School from first grade through eighth grade. My children have decided to continue their education with Catholic high schools of their choice. The children were prepared for the rigors and demands of high school. Every child has their own strengths, weaknesses, and unique needs. This school has done its best to provide for all those needs. If you are looking for a warm friendly, family oriented school with many ethnic cultures,excellence in academic standards, Christian and moral principles then you will be pleased with this establishment. Check it out. It will be worth your time!
All my boys have been going to St. Thomas from K - 8th Grade and I have nothing but the best things to say about the school. They are prepared very well for public High School and excel there above average. The teachers instill good study habits as well as citizenship and morality.
My son has attended Pre-K since September 2006. I can only say great things about this school! He has been growing not only academically but socially. His awareness of Godly principles has dramatically increased. It is such a relief to have a school that includes God in the daily lessons. As a pre-k student, my son has Spanish and music lessons and goes on educational field trips. He loves his teachers and they are so patient and kind. The administration is always welcoming. If you approach a student in the hallway, he or she is always smiling. My son thinks of the people at this school as his second family. Parental involvement is high. There are optional violin lessons from Pre-K on. I have been involved in several preschools in the past with other children; St. Thomas is by far the best.
I am a new parent to St. Thomas, my child is attending kindergarten. I am very pleased with my experience so far. My daughter comes home everyday excited about the lessons she has learned. There are only 12 students in her class, and her teacher has the time to give individualized attention to her students. I have found the current principal to very involved, demonstrating concern and attention to the smallest detail. He goes so far as to stand outside of the main entrance of the building to greet each student with a handshake as they enter. ANY SCHOOL IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT WHICH SUPPORTS IT. I have found the level of parental support to be very high. I have found the parent teacher group , PTG, to be an extremely effective tool. I intend to enroll my son when he is ready for kindergarten.
St. Thomas is an excellent, ethnically diverse school (K-8). Our two boys have been studying there since kindergarten. The school has an outstanding academic program including an independent learning center for students who need to progress at an accelerated rate or need to spend more time on reading or math. It has a brand new library, computer & science labs, and beautiful, clean classrooms. The teachers are extremely dedicated and have several years of experience. They really care about the academic, emotional and spiritual well being of the students. The curriculum (science, math, spanish etc.) is challenging and the teachers and principal go the extra mile to see that no one is left out. The students are also taught accountability, discipline and respect for each other. The after school program and the cameraderie of the parents are icing on the cake. The fees are very reasonable for such an outstanding environment.
My son has been at St. Thomas for three years and loves it. At first he spoke mostly Spanish as he had just immigrated form Guatemala. St. Thomas taught Spanish to all students. During first grade he received individualized attention for reading in the state-of-the-art learning center. In second grade, he s reading above grade level. His teachers have been absolutely wonderful very responsive, dedicated, and invested in each of their students development and education. All of his teachers had extensive experience in elementary education and, importantly, are passionate about it. The school s music program is fantastic and the optional after school string program is a bonus. The computer, library, and art programs are excellent. The flexible before and after school programs are well-supervised and fun. I appreciate the atmosphere of mutual respect, empathy, service, community, integrity, and faith integrated into the top-notch educational mission. I have been very impressed!
Good school, excellent kindergarten teachers! very responsive principal.
St. Thomas is an excellent school that provides and fosters a safe and friendly environment and takes its academic mission seriously. My daughter loves going there and has a great relationship to all the teachers. The teachers are very good and they also teach spelling (see review from September 2005)! Spanish is taught from pre-k on (not true for AA public schools, which do not have foreign language instruction in elementary school). Kindergarten is all day instead of half day as in the AA public schools (although half day is an option). The facilities are outstanding. Art and music are important components of the education. The tuition is very reasonable.
Don't waste you're tuition, this school scrapes the bottom of the barrel for teachers. Plus overall education is inferior to that of A2 public schools.
I have 3 students at St. Thomas. The environment makes it the best place in the area for a well rounded education. The school has just undergone a total renovation making it the most modern school in the area. The advanced learning center helps the high achievers excell and student that need a little extra help.
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