Excellent school! The students get a quality education and they learn values and discipline. Academically St Thomas is amazing. The principal respects students, faculty and parents. She is a very strong leader. Teachers are wonderful. Students are mature and respectful. St. Thomas is a great school!
I AM SO HAPPY THAT I SWITCHED MY BOYS FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE CATHOLIC SCHOOL THEY ARE BETTER DISCIPLINED, THE TEACHERS ARE MORE ATTENTIVE TO THE STUDENTS, THEY LEARN MORE, AND THE CHILDREN SHOW A SENSE OF MATURITY AND RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S SO WORTH THE MONEY AND PEACE OF MIND COMPARED TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHICH ARE OVER CROWDED, FINANCIALLY STRAPPED, AND HAVE UNRULEY STUDENTS WHO CAN'T BE EXPELLED.
Excellent school. We chose St. Thomas after reviewing several other schools in the area. St. Thomas is by far the best. My daughter loves St. Thomas and the principal Miss Wyatt is great!
This school has changed my son. He went to public Kindgergarten and did not learn anything but social skills. Academic was a joke. I put in St Thomas and he is doing excellent. It is like I have a different child. I am so happy with my decision to have him repeat and change schools. They are now preparing him for first grade and he is learning things he NEVER learned last year in public school.
In St. Thomas school you will find a diversity of children whom are very respectful towards each other. Is like a little family, most of the children in the school have been together since Pre-K. Miss Wyatt who is the Principal makes it all worth it. Teaches the children each one of them what values are in school and at home. One of Miss Wyatt best quality is she knows all your childrens name. Her quote is- 'If they need to know my name; I need to know theirs' this a quality you rarely see in the school system. I am extremely happy that my daughters have had this oppurtunity to know a person like Miss Wyatt.
Excellent school! Principal cares and there is lots of discipline! great school!
We recently enrolled our daughter in Kindergarten at St. Thomas after thorough and careful review of surrounding schools. So far we are very happy with the professionalism of staff and the quality of the curriculum. Homework is given almost every night. Our daughter loves the environment. We love the sense of community and the fact that most if not all of the parents we have met thus far share the same views with regards to discipline and academic excellence.
I went to St. Thomas and transitioning to high school was probably the worst experience of my life due to the small amount of kids there..you get just as good of an education in public school as you would in catholic school, it's a waste of money. in the younger grades there might be less exposure to sex violence and other bad things parents don't want their kids to see, but overall once you hit the older grades it's pretty much the exact same thing.
My 3rd-grader has attended St. Thomas since 1st grade and our family is very happy with the overall school experience. Our principal is loving yet authoritative, and knows each child by name! I would like to see more extra-curricular activities and a playground for the kids, but those 'complaints' don't change the fact that we wouldn't want our child in any other school! This Catholic school provides more than just a means to obtain an education - it's a way of life.
I am a former teacher at Saint Thomas. I am hoping to be able to send my children there next year. It is a great school. Every teacher does whatever they can to help each child. Having looked into other Catholic grammar schools in the Monmouth County area not one has come close to Saint Thomas. I am willing to drive 1/2 hour or more to make sure my children will be getting the best education.
I have recently graduated from this school. It was an amazing experience. I made alot of lasting friendships and felt very nutured here. The teachers were caring and prepared us for high school.The amount of tests we got there were alot more then in high school. The only complaint I had was that we didnt get alot of freedom. We had strict dress codes with our uniform. Nail Polish was not permitted! We had alot of rules, almost to many.
great school, small enough so that staff knows children. Would like to see a better playground for the kids. Overall the staff is caring and attentive.
I love and adore this school. I am envolved in the school and outside. I am on The Home School Association and enjoy being so close to everyone at the school. Academically, I believe the school is right there or above the public schools. I love the fact he wears a uniform everyday. The principal keeps everything in line and welcomes you to talk anytime. There is a chorus to join and a band. We offer an art club for the children and many plays go on during the year. St. Thomas is a well rounded and guided place for any student. I can't say enough super things about it.
I sent my children to this school, and I still feel guilty. Humiliation is often used as a form of 'motivation', particularly in the upper grades. My son, now a senior in high school had a stomachache or other illness everyday because he did not want to go to school. Over four year at high school he has missed only a handful of days. My daughter was afraid to talk aloud in high school for fear the teacher would make fun of her if her answer was incorrect. The principal supports her staff wholeheartedly, which means the children rarely are telling the truth and the parents should not believe the children.
As the parent of a second grade student at St. Thomas, I have only praise for this school, as well as its principal, Miss Wyatt. My daughter enjoys going to school, and I have peace of mind knowing she is learning at a top notch level and that she is safe in their hands (Miss Wyatt really does run a 'tight ship').
I just wanted to add that the school is peanut free but not because of 1 student with an allergy. There happens to be several children with deadly allergies to peanuts. They are scattered through out the grade levels also. Its not an issue of just avoiding eating peanuts for these kids, they cannot come into contact with them at all.
My child is now in 8th grade and has attended since K---I am a teacher and school administrator. Parochial schools are far better than public schools for many reasons. No school is perfect--they all have their good and bad points. St. Thomas drastically needs to improve the library resourses and curriculum. There is so much that can be done--reading and literature, research skills, etc. Students watch videos when they go to library. Don't expand foreign languages--concentrate on basic skills--much more important at the elementary level. The administration tends to respond with 'knee jerk reactions' whenever there is a problem. Ex: no running on playground because a student fell and got hurt or no peanuts because 1 student has allergy. Spanish teacher and Religion teacher in 04-05 are nasty to children. I question the grade-level appropriateness of some of the activities they use. The Spanish teacher does not practice pronunciations with students.
Stable school with teachers who care and a principal who runs a 'very tight ship' but at the same time is quite compassionate. Major concern is lack of foreign language curriculum until seventh grade, which is much too late to begin implementation. Also, Spanish is only language available. Scholastically, French, German or Latin are more appropriate to better prepare for higher education. This is a very wealthy parish but the Monsignor, who holds the purse strings, refuses to upgrade needs of the school, specifically the hot lunch program and play/exercise areas. Overall, school is run very well but some new curricula would be very beneficial.
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