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St. Thomas More Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 315 students

We provide and exceptional education reflected in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.

 
 

Living in St. Paul

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $256,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted May 5, 2014

My school is excellent because it is ensconced in a wonderful and supportive community. Overall, this provides a wonderful learning environment for the students. The teachers are wonderful and parental involvement is highly encouraged. In addition, the kids have art, music, gym and Spanish - all with amazing instructors. I wish I could have gone to a school like this when I was a youngster. The older kids look out for the younger kids as they have buddies from kindergarten an u p (so kinder/8th grade buddies, 1st grade/7th grade buddies and so on). We do need a great leader who will be able to make positive and long-lasting contributions to this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school is amazing. The teachers are so caring. They even came to my sons violin recital on a Saturday to show their support !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

St. Thomas More has THE best teachers. They are dedicated and will work as a team member with the parents to bring out the best in the kids. Our middle school teachers not only prepare our students for high school but they also are helping to prepare them to be good people in the world as they navigate the sometimes tough world of middle school. When I have a question, they are there to answer it and when I have a concern, they listen and help find a solution. They also know how to have fun. My son just returned from a week at Wolf Ridge with his 7th grade class. I think one of the things he enjoyed the most was seeing his teachers out of the classroom having fun and engaging them in all the activities there. Teachers can some of the most influential people in a young person's life. I feel blessed that my kids are being influenced by the teachers at St. Thomas More School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

I cannot wait to begin the new school year, and have all the children back in the building. There is so much happening and so many new ideas taking shape. We have a new Principal who is dynamic and engaging and excited to be here. The teachers are ready to begin the most important job of educating children. Here's to a fantastic year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 28, 2013

I am a parent of 4 with one child ,currently, in 2nd grade at STM. Next year I will have second child at STM in kindergarten. I have been extremely pleased with the school, education, principle, teachers and strong family community. The academic experience has been fantastic. The teachers teach to the students and challenge them all vs. teaching to the classroom. It is well rounded with Spanish, art, music, technology, phy. ed, etc. Our daughter enjoys going to school every day and I believe that is a result of the loving and caring community that is within and surrounds the school. We are very blessed to have found, be part of and continue to be part of the STM community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

I have three boys at STM. In our seven years at the school, we have found the academics fit our children's needs--they are challenged when they need to be, encouraged when they are tentative and helped when they are struggling. The teachers do a great job of taking individual personalities and learning styles into account when teaching. In addition to great classroom teachers, the specialist teachers (art, music, gym, spanish tech) do a great job of rounding out the academic experience. The leadership of the school is strong. The principal has a clear vision that is well communicated to the entire community. The school community is active and welcoming. Parents are very involved from tutoring to being in classrooms to fundraising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

I am a parent who has had children at the school for the past 12 years. Not only have my children been well prepared for any high school in the area, they learn the value of service and building community. A prominent local high school teachers said, "I can always tell which students come from St. Thomas More." The current principal is visionary, dedicated to the students. And the teachers are excellent. I strongly recommend this school for parents who are seeking academic excellence, strong parent involvement, excellent teachers and a terrific principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

I am a parent of two children attending STM, a daughter in 4th grade and a son in kindergarten. We have a third child who will attend kindergarten in two years. STM has far surpassed our expectations, as an academic institution and as a community. The school's philosophy, encouraged by the principal and embraced by the teachers, is to teach to the child, not to the classroom. We have experienced this in many ways. As a result, the school is academically excellent, producing kids who have learned how to problem solve in many disciplines. Moreover, the behavioral expectations are high. The golden rule is stressed and enforced at all levels. There is nothing else I could ask for from an academic institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

Our family has had 2 children graduate from St. Thomas More and presently has 2 children at STM. Our older children left STM prepared for honors and AP classes in high school. More importantly, they left STM with a strong sense of morality, community and service. Our younger children continue their journey in this safe, loving and dynamic community. Over the years, our children have had many different strengths and weaknesses. The STM teachers, staff and principal have consistently and lovingly responded to our children - providing whatever is needed to ensure their education and well being. With each of our encounters with the STM teachers and principal, our confidence and gratitude grow. We are always blown away by the support and commitment to our children. At STM, our children have the best of both worlds - an academically competitive curriculum and a safe place to grow and develop. We are truly fortunate to have found STM!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

I am a parent of three girls who have been in the school for from k up to 7th grade. This has been a positive experience year after year. From kindergarten where they learned the joy of school to Middle school where we are competing in the Regional Science fair, my children have been challenged and supported year after year. On top of this is the solid and loving school community. You really are a part of a village raising your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

As a parent of 3 children educated at STM, we could not be happier with the school and the approach to our children's learning. I have been so pleased by the frequent communication regarding my children's progress/opportunity for improvement and the faculty's ability to be nimble with their teaching styles and techniques. My oldest graduated last year and was very well prepared for highschool and well ahead of the curve of many incoming freshman. Furthermore, the environment is very inclusive giving students and parents a sense of belonging. I have seen first hand the care the members of this school community have for each other. Being a non-Catholic has been a non-issue. Diversity is embraced. Individualism encouraged. Academic excellence expected. Lastly, the leadership strives to be collaborative seeking parental, teacher and student input to shape the future of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

We couldn't be happier with this school. We've found dedicated teachers, an inspiring principal, a welcoming community of families, and--our biggest surprise--a diverse group of Catholics and non-Catholics. Our daughters love it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2011

We love this school. The Principal and teachers are excellent. The kids get individual attention and are helped or challenged as needed. The children are the most kind group of kids. I was struck by the older kids inclusion and mentoring of even the youngest of children. I am very thankful we chose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2008

I truly believe that in the 4 years I spent at IHM-St. Luke's, it greatly prepared me for not just academics in high school, but also how to think, discuss, and just put in all my effort to make the most out of my education. In St. Luke's, you are constantly surrounded by people who make you belong, and the parent involvement is spectacular. The one negative thing I would point out is how unsteady the curriculum can become as new teachers shift in year by year during junior high. Other than that, I strongly reccomend this school to anyone and everyone!
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 73%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 3% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Donna Woodard, MCSL
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Parent Transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Non Public School Accrediting Association
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • Minnesota Independent School Forum
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Service Team
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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1065 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Phone: (651) 224-4836

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