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St. Thomas More School

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Posted July 31, 2013

Academically, STM is an excellent school. My child graduated with the last year, and did well. We found the quality of teachers ran the spectrum of moderate to superior. I can not say of the teachers were poor, though there are some real characters. The facilities are top notch, cutting edge technology, and the curriculum is geared toward success in high school college prep. The school is very well funded by the parish and lacks for nothing physically. The issue I do have is a lack of true genuine Christian behavior expectation. This is a Catholic facility, but the bullying behavior of some students and parents can be repulsive. Success in all things is really pushed here--success at all cost. CYO has come to stand for "crush your opponent", Sports and academic excellence is stressed over religious values. There is a large percentage of parents who are financially successful professionals, with a type A achiever driven personalities. They tend to be helicopter parents who demand special attention for their children. I sometimes wonder what Jesus would think of this culture. The only thing STM lacks is humility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

My daughter attended Kindergarten this year and so far my experience with STM has been great. She loved her teacher, was very engaged and made lots of friends. STM made the transition into school so easy for her, by creating a comfortable caring environment. I have not seen any of the bullying or gossip or 'clique' issues here that are any different from other schools where my friends send their kids. These issues are universal and not easy to solve. I feel that parents also have a responsibility in this and teaching their kids christian values. Monsignor Murphy is extremely committed to the kids and the school and it shows. My interaction with the older school kids has also been impressive. They are highly respectful toward adults and also are helpful to the smaller kids. I look forward to sending my kids here through 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

My child has been at STM now for 3 years and loves it, she wishes she could go on the weekends! The Msgr. is extremely passionate about teaching to the child's individual ability and many teachers are willing to tutor. While other schools are cutting back on expenses, STM is growing and expanding. A positive experience. Strong faith values and academics, great balance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Top-notch academics in an amosphere that fosters faith and values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Good strong academics. Great teachers. Principal likes it his way or the highway but can be good at resolving issues. Bullying is high & there are little or no consequences for the bully. Very clichey rich kids who do whatever they please. Don't follow Christian values at all. Difficulty learning if you don't fit in. Don't dare to be different or you will not make it. 3rd & 4th grade teachers are wonderful. Office people are not truthful & very gossipy. Monsignor turns a blind eye to most problems unless you donate a substantial amount of money to the church.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

While there a strong sense of community and the school breeds high achievers, those who have different learning styles that fall outside the norm are left behind because of the 'lack of resources.' The curriculum breadth and depth is lacking and very traditional, which works for some, but not all. When we were considering schools for our son, we were told that STM educates the child and not the grade. We have not found that to be true. My son has a diagnosis of ADHD and all we have heard is that 'we don't have the resources' to give him the individualized instruction that would be helpful to him. Also, there is limited communication with parents and the administration seems to be disengaged from the families of students who don't fit the cookie cutter that STM uses. We will be sending our son to public school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

Academically, this school is great. The situation with larger numbers in the 1st grade classrooms wasn't the best idea ever, but we'll all survive. The major problem with this school is, as someone else says, the bullying 'policy'. As far as I can tell, there is no policy other than to turn the other cheek to 'favorites'. This doesn't seem very Christian to me...I think the administration puts on a really good front, but when it comes down to what really matters for every child, they just don't deliver.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

first year our son has been at STM. It's a great school academically, socially, and safety.
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Posted June 18, 2008

I graduated from this school 2 years ago and my little sister has attended it for 3 years, as well as my younger cousin for 6 years. I have to say I don't think this school is very good at holding its high moral standards. There is a lot of bullying t this school and not very much discipline. the administration is very gossipy as well as its parents and i would not recommend this school to anyone who isn't 'perfect' or would like to be treated with dignity or respect.


Posted December 5, 2006

I attended STM from grades K-8. Advantages: students are pushed to succeed more so than at a typical public school, there is a strong sense of community, and it is difficult to 'fall between the cracks' in terms of academics or discipline because STM is a strict place. Disadvantages: There's a lack of curriculum breadth and depth in comparison to a larger school. Also, if you aren't one of the students who can succeed in an environment of overachievers (e.g., you are an average student), you might feel a lack of confidence after a while because there are lots of strong students at STM who are constantly praised (average kids are not always given positive reinforcement). The school's extremely conservative rules and culture might cause students to act out or possibly dissuade students developing a sense of individualism. STM students do very well in life- most go on to (good) colleges.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 29, 2006

St. Thomas More is a great school! The teachers are all great! I am a 7th grade student at St. Thomas and just love it!Everbody has friends and nobody is disincluded. The teachers are all great! They always help you when you are stuck on something or need help understanding something. The parent encolvement is good to! They are invited to most of the field trips and some of the actitives we do in the school. They are also always aware of how your child is doing in school because we have parent/ teacher conferences. As for the sports, I think we offer many different varieties. We have many academic programs too! For example we have Math Counts. Math Counts is a program we offer for the 7th and 8th graders, they meet after school and work on their math skills. St. Thomas More is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2006

I attended Saint Thomas More from Fourth Grade until I graduated in Eighth. After stumbling upon this site today, I figured I could say a few words about my experiences there. I truly loved St. Thomas. The teachers were truly passionate about the subjects they taught and it was obvious that they genuinely cared about their students. Lessons were creative and presented in ways that stuck with us. If something was unclear, teachers were willing to spend extra time with a student so they had a firm understanding. Lunches were delicious, art classes were exciting and vibrant and gym class promoted a sense of good sportsman ship and wellness. But beyond these things, being a St. Thomas More student, made me feel like a part of a special family. There was a sense of belonging and familiar traditions leave me with fond memories. Saint Thomas More is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 6, 2006

I went to St. Thomas More for 8 years. It was a great foundation for education and faith. The teachers were knowledgeable in all facets of education. There plenty of afterschool activities to participate in. I am thankful for those teachers (some I still see) and for the friendships I made. To this day, I am friends with some of my classmates!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 21, 2005

I went to St. Thomas More for 8 years and those 8 years were the best years of my life. Its an amazing school with tons of oppertunities.
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Posted April 3, 2004

St. Thomas More School changed my daughter's life! She is receiving a top-notch education and the teachers are so caring and mindful of each student as an individual! So many activities that it's hard to pick!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

They have great teachers and a high test scoring. They always have many sports children can get involved in, soccer,basketball,volleyball,cheerleading and other great sports as math counts or news paper. The children are very well educated and will have a great future!
—Submitted by a former student


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 74%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 3% N/A
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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Allentown, PA 18103
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