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St. Thomas the Apostle School

Private | PK-8 | 176 students

What makes St. Thomas the Apostle School stand apart is not something tangible –
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $240,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

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Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014

I would not recommend this school. Even though the teachers are great there are some serious problems with the principal. Among the many problems I had with him there is one problem in particular that I found inexcusable. My daughter was racially bullied and even after the principal was informed he did nothing. The boy who bullied her was not only allowed to go on the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. but he didn't even get detention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

After spending 3 years in the overrated number 1 school District in the Capital Region, we transferred our child to St. Thomas. There is smaller class sizes so the teachers have time to do smaller group instruction. The teacher touches base through e-mail, about the students work assignments and upcoming field trips. The first thing I noticed after the transfer was that I had a happier child in his new school enviroment. St Thomas offers the academics without the pressure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

Our experience with St Thomas school has been very fulfilling. Our child has received exceptional guidance in developing a solid foundation for faith, academics and community service. It is the best money spent in providing a child with the tools that they need to succeed in life. The administration and teachers are all very supportive and helpful. The school continues to explore and enhance in all areas. Whenever we attend the school we are warmly welcomed. Whenever we email or call the administration or teachers, responses are immediately provided. This school welcomes families and works with them on a daily bases. I would strongly recommend this school to parents who wish to provide their children with solid foundation in the early years of their life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

Our daughter is a student at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar, New York. We couldn't be happier with the school in its entirety. The care, concern, communication and overall sense of security and attention that we get from the principal, teachers, administrators and staff are second to none. There can be no other choice for our daughter. She is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

I have been consistently impressed with the attitude of the principal and teachers to continue to move the school forward and try new and innovative things. I think now, the school clearly surpasses what the nearby public school is doing in terms of academics and technology. When you really sit down and compare the academics of what students at the same grade level are learning and how they are learning it, it is certainly impressive. A great foundation for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

What makes St. Thomas the Apostle School so special is the care and devotion that is given to each and every student. The faculty help the children not only succeed academically, but truly excel in all facets of their lives. St. Thomas has always felt like an extension of our family. The Principal and faculty truly care for the students in the school, and there is a mutual respect from the children. The children learn to not only care for one another, but also the community around them. Community service is part of their every day lives, not just something to check off on a to do list. Parent involvement is always welcomed. By attending St. Thomas the Apostle School your child will no doubt have a solid foundation for a successful future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

Our son has been at St. Thomas the Apostle since he was 3 years old and in Preschool. We have been consistently impressed with the care and concern shown to him at every stage. He has been challenged in his classes and the teachers demonstrate an extremely high level of commitment to their students. The principal develops strong relationships with the students and makes sure to know what is going in this children's lives outside of school as well. This has been a very positive experience for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

One of my children graduated from St. Thomas, and I have another child in the school currently. They have been there since preschool. I can't say enough good things about the school. The principal and teachers are extraordinary and care deeply about all the children. The academics are top notch and are comparable to the Bethlehem schools. The strong sense of community among the staff, students and parents is palpable. Finally, the school has a strong focus on faith-based education, with a solid religion curriculum and countless service opportunities for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

One of the highlights of my child's education at St. Thomas the Apostle School is the focus on service. From singing to seniors at an assisted living facility, to making snack packs for the local food pantry, to making crafts with residents of a group home, my child is learning from a very young age to serve others, to share what we have, and to be aware that he can help those in need. On the academic side, my child is challenged both in the classroom and with homework. Here is a quote from my child: In my opinion, St. Thomas school is awesome. The teachers at St. Thomas are great. You can learn a lot like reading chapter books, learning math facts, and learning how to spell new words and their meanings. I am really thankful for going to St.Thomas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

The best thing you could ever do for your child is to send him or her to St Thomas. My two children have been at this school for their entire elementary school career and consider it a home away from home. The academics, discipline and extra curricular opportunities are above and beyond those offered at the public schools. The glue that holds the school together is the Principal. He is involved, ever present, fair and concerned about every child and parent.. He is a dedicated, tireless individual who leads a strong academic curriculum while always keeping one's faith at the forefront of everyday activities. I cannot recommend St Thomas enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

Fabulous, spiritually-guided school. Upbeat, caring environment, family feeling, terrific academics. Prepares children exceptionally well for high school. Perfect size for both individualized attention -- whether intervention or enrichment -- and social interaction. Teachers and principal are very open to ideas from parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

My children have been thriving at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar, and I would recommend it to any parent who would like a combination of faith and academics that is second to none. I am a public school teacher, so I am aware of current best practices and high academic expectations. At St. Thomas, our children have teachers who work very hard to deliver the material in an accessible and engaging way and consistently use the current best practices to instruct, and they constantly communicate with parents. Also, St. Thomas incorporates technology into instruction like no other school I have ever seen. The faith formation adds to the atmosphere because children are allowed to celebrate God while acknowledging and learning about the holidays that are celebrated in the Catholic faith. It is part of their everyday life to pray and pray for the benefit of others. I feel like St. Thomas is the best partner I could have in raising intelligent, compassionate and faith-filled children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

Caution!! The leadership is lacking and the teachers are inexperienced! I wish I had sent my child to public school. The communication between the principal and staff barely exists. The right hand doesn't talk to the left hand. Permission slips are sent home the night before an event followed by an urgent email stating they must be returned the next day. Think twice before sending your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

St. Thomas not only prepared my daughter for high school academically, but also socially. The faculty at St. Thomas taught her to be a conscientious student. She is currently enrolled in advanced classes and has received several awards and honors for her academic achievement. I was concerned about the transition from a small, close-knit community to a larger environment; however, she transitioned beautifully. She has a strong moral compass and a solid faith which although she is no longer in a Catholic School, is still a big part of who she is as a person. St. Thomas is a wonderful environment - small enough for everyone to know everyone, but large enough to afford students the opportunity to take advanced classes. Class sizes are capped at 25 and students have many opportunities for individual and small group learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

What a special school! Small enough that every child is more than just a face but big enough to offer the special programs that parents want - art, music, drama, band, choir, photography club, running club, CYO basketball, etc. Technology offerings included laptops for middle school students, ipads, Media Center, SMART Boards, and more. Teachers are experienced and knowledgeable on Common Core and NYS Learning Standards. The school building includes a full gym and stage, cafeteria, Media Center, Art and Music Rooms, and full size classrooms. Principal is fair and considerate to all - well suited for this school. Enrollment Director is always available to answer questions, provide tours, and help with enrollment process - she just makes it easy! You won't regret your decision to send your children to STS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2012

I recently graduated from this school and I must say I was very well prepared for high school. I went here from preschool until I graduated in eighth grade and it certainly provided me with a great education. You are not treated as "just another kid" and never feel left behind. I truly am grateful I attended this school and hope that anyone interested will visit and hopefully attend this school as well.


Posted May 9, 2012

My daughter goes to the school and my son will be full time next year as well. The teachers are the best, they relate to the children and not counted as just a number. Each student is treated fair and equal. My children come home everyday happy which to me is half the battle. The other thing I really like with the school is the teachers email every night to parents on what they are learning and the homework they are giving the students. The balance between education and religon is the best. I encourage everyone to at least visit for a free walk around. Our children deserve the best education, atmosphere, and staff possible and this school does it all. God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Sending our children to this school was the best parenting decision my husband and I have ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

Uneven leadership. Needs much work on treating children fairly. Teaching spotty and not up to date with zero fun for kids. Poor educational value for the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

St. Thomas the Apostle School offers a faith-based alternative to public schools. Children learn in a safe, moral environment. St. Thomas students also consistently meet or exceed other local schools' standardized test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 52%
Black 3% 21%
Asian 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 21%
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Creative & Hip-Hop
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Thomas J. Kane
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
Fax number
  • (518) 478-9773

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Creative & Hip-Hop
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Photography
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
88
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
95

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop Maginn/Catholic Central
Bethlehem Central
LaSalle/CBA/Academy of the Holy Names
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42 Adams Pl
Delmar, NY 12054
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Phone: (518) 439-5573

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