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1100 Hood Road Southeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

(505) 994-3369
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3 stars
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May 13, 2014
If you're looking for a great Catholic school with high academic standards and the best theology teacher in New Mexico, this is the school for you. VERY PLEASED.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Great school! The academics at STA are top notch with no slacking aloud! St. Thomas is a school that will push your child academically to do their very best; your best is expected. All of the teachers and staff want the best for each student and work their hardest to help each child improve. I am currently a mid-schooler at STA and my math teacher told the class that when some of our eighth graders went to go and "shadow" students at high schools. Some of the students took at math test that the high school students had to take that day, and our eighth graders got a 100% on the math test! That proves that our academics are rigorous enough to prepare each student for high school and the future. With all of that said, I recommend that you and your student join the STAS family.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
St Thomas Aquinas is a great school academically for my kindergartner, and has instilled a genuine love of God in him. The only drawbacks are that there is WAY too much homework for a kindergartner. I know some parents that I've spoken with think that this sets the stage for academic success but I think it sets the stage for burnout! My son spends between 45 and 1 hour on homework per night and I hear it gets more intense as he will go into first grade. Plus, they are given two bathroom breaks before luncb, which is challenging for a 5 year old after lunchtime. More flexibility and freedom when it comes to art would be nice as well. But overall really good school led by teachers who really seem to care. They also seem to be on the lookout for hitting, being rude to other children, etc which is great!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
St. Thomas Aquinas School is a positive place to learn and grow. We have two children who both attended STA and loved it. The teachers are positive and are there for you and your child. There is great opportunity to be part of your childs day volunteering during their art, computer or library time. Throughout the school year there is opportunity to volunteer in your child's class also. Sr. Anne is a great presence at STA. She is always there to listen to how your child is doing and of any concerns. Sr. Anne along with the staff is in the best interst of your child. We dropped off our children in the morning happy to go to school and picked them up excited about the day they had and what they had learned. Your child will grow in his love of God and school at STA. If you are looking for quality catholic education STA is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
Not much to add that hasn't been said already. If you are looking for a school that has strong academics, that makes you and your child feel welcome and cared about, and is just an overall safe place- then this is the school to go to! There is no comparison to public schools- this school teaches and at a very high standard. This school has expectations of the students which is lacking in every public school in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. There are not as many after school activities or sports as I would like but what my child gets in education and becoming a well rounded, caring, loving, responsible person is way worth it.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2012
St. Thomas Aquinas School is the best school in the whole world! I can't believe that there is people who apparently don't think that. Also, for those of you that think that are math program is behind, you are very wrong. The math class in the middle school is great! Our math teacher is amazing. One time he told us that in public school they never stop. If you don't understand, well they don't care because they will just go on to the next thing. Our math teacher, however, will take the time to explain everything, and if even just one person doesn't understand it, he will take the time to explain it again. Also our principal is not a bad one or a dictator. She cares for us a lot. She treats us like her own children. She makes you follow the rules and if you don't, she will discipline you. If you don't like that then I guess that public school is the place for you...the place where yo can mess around and not be prepared for the real world.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2012
I love this school i just switched schools from a public school to this one and it has been great! The teachers are entergentic and fun!! I have been getting a better education i struggled with doing my homework at the being of the year but they have lightend the load so thats nice. You will love this school everyone is super friendly.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2011
This school has received many awards for excellence in academics and students have received high awards in science projects as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
The administration and a whole lot of the students will make you question whether or not this is a school founded on Christian principles. I had to remove my daughter because she was being bullied mercilesly by a group of "mean girls". The principal just seemed unable or unwilling to do anything to stop it. It's sad because it's the only Catholic school in RR. We ended up driving miles away from home to attend another Catholic school where she is much happier.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
Although the academics at this school are good. The unsaid don't ask don't say policy is a great enviroment for bullies. as a result of this we withdrew our daughter toward the end of 8th grade year. Not what you would expect from a Catholic school. Very disappointed..

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
My child started at STA the year it opened in 2000. He had excellent teachers from beginning. He graduated from STA at the top of his class, continued on to private high school and graduated in the top 20 of his senior class. The STA teachers definitely prepared him for the college prep high school. The language arts/literature faculty were especially talented as teachers. While the academics are exceptional, the best part of STA is its Christ-centered environment. I will always be grateful to the administration, faculty, and staff for this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I am a student here and this is my 7th year here. We have wonderful teachers and many great kids. It is such a friendly school. I totally want every child to try this school. Please!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2010
I'm a former graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas, while i was there i enjoyed it. However, our principlal was Sr. Mary, a most loving and caring principal. My brother however, has suffered under the iron fist dictatorship of a new principal, a very uncaring and unsupportive person who shows no sympathy for anyone but oneself. My brother was miserable and often misbehaved to try and have some fun in the fascist environment. The school has changed drastically from when i was there and its a big dissappointment. I do not recommend this school at all, which is unfortunate.

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2009
If you want a 'anything goes' atmosphere, this shcool is not for you. Unfortunately, parents let their children run the show at home and then come to this school and don't like the disipline. Yes the teachers and principal have high expectations, but that is what makes it such a great school. It is amazing how students can rise to the level expected! The academics and faith are wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
These reviews are ridiculous! The staff at this school is very unprofessional. My children were miserable at this school and I'm so glad we're gone! Very strict and way behind in every subject especially math. Sad that I actually paid for this. Luckily we found a much better school. Actually, anything is better than St. Thomas!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
My daughter has attended St Thomas for 3 years. I am not a catholic and believe that I have made a wonderful choice for my daughter. The staff is very receptive and helpful in every way! Her peers are not perfect but the children show some reserve and try not to be mean sprited to each other. A far cry from public school. They are learning self discipline, getting a great education and they are doing it in a christ focused environment. I find it hard to believe that anyone would have a mean word to say about this school. Thanks St. Thomas for helping me raise my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
I am a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas School. My last year of school here, I could not wait to get out, but I quickly learned how lucky and fortunate I was to be able to attend such an amazing school. Here, I was able to truly learn about my faith in all aspects. This is, by far, the thing which I am most grateful for. Academics for me were not as challenging as they were for others, but for the most part, they prepared me for high school.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2008
Excellent School! Academics are excellent and above average in all areas. You must come to an open house to see how well the children are doing in all areas as well as experience a truly Catholic School. As for the negative comments, please take them with a grain of salt....it appears that a group of disgruntled parents got together and decided to bad mouth this school on the same day. This is a beautiful, loving environment that teaches our children about the love of God, respect for self and others, and also provides the necessary discipline that many children are lacking in this world today. I encourage you to visit this wonderful school and give your child an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
My son and daughter both attend St. Thomas and we feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful Catholic Community with wonderful teachers and staff. My kids come home everyday excited about what they have learned and about the wonderful friendships they have developed. I don't quite understand some of the comments as I have never had issues with getting involved in classroom activities, in fact, the school welcomes parent involvement in all areas. It's up the the parents to get involved if they really want to...the opportunities are there. Both of my kids are excelling in their school work and I credit this to the teachers and their open & continual communication that keeps me informed of my children's progress. I recommend that you tour the school, speak to other parents & faculty and judge for yourself rather than taking some of these comments as fact.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
We are a military family and this is our daughter's 4th Catholic Elementary school in 8 years, and STAS is hands down the best of the four! We credit this to the Sisters of St. Lucy Filippini who bring a faith-centered approach that envelopes all things about the school. Academics are challenging and extra-curricular activities are good for a small parochial school. Discipline and self responsibility are important values distilled on these children at an early age. On the few occasions we've had any sort of issues we took them directly to the teacher or principal and have left 100% satisfied -- maybe some of the parents who left such negative comments on here should have done the same.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2007
My children have been at STAS since August of 2000. We love St. Thomas and could not imagine my children at any other school! I've read some of the comments and I am just shocked. The curriculum is a challenge and our ITBS scores reflect that our school is doing very well. Above the national average on ALL levels! Our school demands respect of our students, parents and staff. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that! Thank you to the Religious Teachers Filippini for venturing to New Mexico and guiding our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
We have been here for four years now and this will be our last. Very unfriendly parents and teachers and extremely clique-ish! Can't believe I'm actually paying for this! I wouldn't accept this kind of treatment or below average teaching if it were free so why am I paying for it? Not anymore! Please look into other schools before placing your little ones here.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
Wow, I can't believe I actually paid to send my child to this school. Way behind in every subject especially math. Plan on having your child tutored in math if you plan on them going to high school. Such a dissappointment. Parents there are very strange. When you decide to go to this school, find out which people are in the clique and attach yourself to one of them. Otherwise, you won't be allowed to participate in any school functions with your child. Sad but true. Horrible environment!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
I am in college and both my brother and sister go to STA. It has been a wonderful experience for them and they have excelled in every area. No comparison to the public schools. I am thankful to the principal and staff.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2007
If you are looking for an education above NM standard education and deep faithful commitment, then you are in the right place. After reading several reviews on this site, I believe you need to experience the public schools vs. private. Our scores are 1 1/2 grades above NM average.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Incredible school! I have been there 5 years and it is the best!! The principal is very fair and the academics are excellent. The students score 2 years ahead of their peers in all areas year after year!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
The math program does not meet state standards. The social elite run the school. Most teachers have less than 5 years experience. You can do much better with Rio Rancho Public Schools!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I can't say one nice thing about this school. Most of the teachers are very gossipy and so are the parents. Very negative environment and not very Christian at all! I would have to say it's the parents that run the school that are ruining it for everyone. I can't believe I actually paid for this below average teaching and for me to be treated so badly. I recommend RRPS. St. Thomas is just a big disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
If you are looking for excellence in education this school is for you. The parent involvement is terrific. The teachers really care about your child. Attending Holy Mass is a very special experience for any parent, especially the younger grades. The singing is so precious. The students that have graduated will admit that they really miss STA. The students that leave STA are very well prepared for High School. I know that they are expanding the Math Curriculum next year and I'm excited. I feel very fortunate to be able to send my children to STA.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
I have 2 children who have been at STA for 4 years now. Our children are in a solid Catholic environnment with discipline and respect. The teachers are wonderful and parental involvment in our school is crucial. The curriculum is challenging with nightly homework. I would encourage anyone thinking aboult sending their children here to take a tour, attend the children's mass on Wednesday and feel the Holy Spirit move you. See how respectul and disciplined our children are. After being with STA, pubilc school will never be an option for us and will sacrifice tuition to keep my children here knowing that they will be sucessful Catholic members of society for our future. Don't believe all those other harsh reviews and take a tour, talk with other parents here, not disgruntled parents, focus on the positives for the benefit of your own child. I love our school! LJP

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
We've had two children recently graduate from this outstanding school and we were very happy with the strong academic and spiritual education they received. My husband and I love this school. Anise and Paul Yarbrough

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
I am blessed to have two daughters that attend St. Thomas Aquinas and we love the school! The students are very loving, kind, respectful and growing in their faith with each passing day. They do have rules they have to follow, but I think in life they will learn that with each behavior there is a consequence. Praise and acknowledgement for good behavior, as well as a consequence for poor behavior. The children attend, and are a part of Mass at the school each week. I cannot tell you what it feels like to see these children during Mass, to have this special gift every week! They also pray a decade of the rosary every day, what a blessing! This is a very family oriented school, they want parents to be involved. They are always looking for volunteers. My girls are getting a great education and are growing stronger in their faith!

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May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
This school is terrible! My child has been going here for 4 years and this is the last. The administration wants no feedback and no collaboration from parents. You must be on a committee to be involved in the Parent Club. The are no extra curricular activities for the lower grades except wrestling and drill team. Don't send your kids here, RRPS is much better!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
My son was in the class of 06. When we sent him to this school with Sr. Mary it was great. When the principal changed the school went down hill. activities, sports, and volunteers have all gone. Keeping him there was the worst mistake of my live. Do not send your children here. Talk to as many 7th ad 8th grade parents as you can and make up your own mind. They did not prepare my son for public school, he is behind on most everything. Very poor overall, what a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
This school is poor at best. We took our son out as soon as we discovered the problems. Everyone is either afraid to say something, or they put their head in the sand. Many parents just drop off and leave, they do not know what really goes on at this school. There are a few outstanding teachers, but the Principal of this school is out of touch. Read their school policies, look at how they try to micro-manage every aspect.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
My husband and I were both educated within the Catholic school system. This school does not have the quality and standards you would expect from private parochial education. The curriculum from 6th grade on is sketchy; there are no course descriptions to go by to know what curriculum is covered for each of the grades. The admisitration does not welcome any level of partnership or collaboration from the parents and has the attitude of 'my way or the highway'. The public school system in the district offers a better education.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
Parent involvement: The social elite run the school. Safety and discipline: A bit outlandish and inconsistent. Overall? You couldn't pay me enough money to send my children there. You can do better by practicing your faith as a family and send your child to any public school in Rio Rancho.

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April 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
This school is supposed to have a great Christian enviorment. Well, it doesn't. There are rules for everything.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
This school is very good my son now is going to one of the hardest High Schools in the US called NMMI New Mexico Military Academy requires a 3.0 GPA average and i know my kid would have never made it in public school or any other private school. Even thought the rules are strict, they teach the kids to follow higher authority and to straighten up when it comes to studies.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
Horrible. My son is in first grade and it's already a horrible year. There wasn't much to choose from as far as teachers go so I didn't expect much. This will definitely be our last year there, it just isn't worth the money. I won't be paying to be treated badly so that's a bonus. Just a very un-christian and gossipy school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
There are pros and cons to every school. St. Thomas provides an excellent foundation for the elementary grades. Children receive nightly homework which helps them with organizational skills later on down the road. However, the middle school students are not offered any electives. Also, there is little to choose from in extra curricular activities at this level unless you are involved in sports. If you do not agree with strict discipline and traditional Catholic teaching styles then St. Thomas is not the school for you and your family.

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2006
this is a great school for all kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten. She is now in third grade. This will be her last year. The school has become increasingly a dictatorship. There is a rule for everything! There is no joy in the students days. They must even whisper in the cafeteria. Rio Rancho public schools are a just as good if not better. Also, unless you are best friends with you child's room mom, you will have very little opportunities to volunteer in the school. My daughter used to love this school, know she can't wait to leave.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2006
We are very dissappointed with this school. We've found that the environment at St. Thomas is not very Christian at all. Please think twice before placing your child in this school. We've found much better Catholic schools in Albuquerque. The public schools in Rio Rancho are much better and more concerned for the children than St. Thomas. Don't waste your money!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2006
Our sons are very happy at the school. We are very blessed by the education they receive at STAS. Most of all, the traditions of our Faith have brought us even closer to God. The school has changed our lives for the better, and we are very grateful to the dear sisters that run the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2005
My daughter attends this school and absolutely loves it! She is an extremely bright young girl, and is thriving excellently. Her fellow classmates, and students throughout the school, are the most polite, respectful, and lovable crowd. It is well worth the money we pay, and I could not ask for anything more!

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St Thomas Aquinas School
1100 Hood Road Southeast, Rio Rancho, NM  87124
(505) 994-3369
Last modified St Thomas Aquinas School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St Thomas Aquinas School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top