My child attended this school for 2 years and we made the decision to seek out another private school. The school is dishonest and protects a certain group of individuals over others. Honesty and telling the true are high on the list of our family values. Avoid like the plague.
The quality of instruction is lacking at this school. The elementary level teachers spend the majority of their instruction time grading every homework assignment, inclass assignments, and tests. Instruction is very poor. Most parents are doing the teaching at home rigorous work. What is the point of providing rigorous work if the teacher is not doing the teaching? Parents accept this because they want their kid to go to a catholic school and /or committed to the parish. The quality of the teacher is the result of the lack of appropriate teaching credentials. Being a parent volunteer is the requirement for getting a teaching job at this school.
I have nothing but great things to say about St. Thomas More Parish School. They care about their students. They are very organized, high tech and offer an excellent academic program. The one thing that I absolutely love about St. Thomas More Parish School is the open line of communication. They always keep the parents involved and informed about everything. St. Thomas More Parish School is a great school in the Houston area and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone!
Highly recommend this school! Best overall education offered in Houston! We left to go overseas and when we came back we were reminded of what a great education STM had offer!
I attended STM from K-8 and graduated 5 years ago. I now have a sister in Junior high and recently came back to visit. I am impressed with how much more diverse the school is. This is a big improvement because when I was there it was mostly white. STM was great academically and athletically and now when you add in the diversity the kids have a lot of learning opportunities and potential for growth. Now for the bad stuff. STM prepared me well for high school but the school has issues teaching boys. Many of the teachers have been there way to long and they do play favorites. Also their lunch and recess time have been cut to the bone and as punishment lots of times they don't allow talking at lunch!!!! They call it Silent Lunch. what a silly punishment. If kids can't talk during lunch that will just make them want to talk more in class. I think this paints a picture of STM. A good school but you must be willing to put up some of its "issues." As a religious school I cannot speak for it now but when I attended it was awful. The Religion teachers were awful and much of the class was either watching movies or reading straight from a book.
I am a recent alumni of this school. I started in preschool and went all the way through 8th grade. I will admit that this school was very rigorous and very strong academically. It was the strong academics that prepared me for high school and made my high school career easy, however I was disappointed that there was never a really strong Catholic environment at this school. I would like to see more improvement on the religious aspects of the school. And I will agree that this school is not for everyone the teachers play favorites and some of them do not know how to talk to students. I am happy that this school prepared me for the academic aspects of school, but I never grew in my religious life at this school.
What a great place. They are a true training ground for the best houston catholic schools. My child is a sophmore at Strake and is breezing through because of the solid foundation laid at STM. This school is challenging for sure but is a great place for all and very accepting. It is diverse and a very holy and wonderful place.
My children attended St. Thomas More Catholic School in Houston, Texas for over five years. The school was built in 1965 and it is a relic. Unfortunately, so are many of the teachers and administrators in this school. Some should never have gotten into the teaching profession in the first place and still others should have retired many years ago. These teachers give a lot of homework every day so that they don't have to teach it themselves in the classroom. They also love to play favorites and see nothing wrong with it. Discipline is a huge problem. As long as the parents pay the tuition, their child can do anything without much consequence. By anything I mean beat up and harass other students, cheat, lie, you name it. The cliques present in this school are terrible - and I'm talking about the parents! If you want your child to learn that the world they live in is cruel, cold, deceiving and money buys happiness, then register him or her in this school right away. I'm sure there are openings. However, if you want your child to be a caring, loving, faithful and compassionate follower of Christ, stay away from this place!
I cannot post my true feelings or experiences about this school for fear that Greatschools will delete my comments as told to me by other parents who could not post here. I will just give this school 4 thumbs down.
the location, staff,people, kids , church..everything. everything is wonderful. 5-star school.
This school is awesome you people who want to chose a good school for your child should pick STM it is a great school
I am really beginning to be disillusioned with this school. Came in after hearing positive things about it but I have since realized it is all sugar coated. I heartily agree that the pricipal is definitely not warm and sometimes looks through you. again the reception is not warm and that is not good at all considering that first impressions matter a great deal. I do agree that a warmer environment is needed. Also, I think the teacher to student ratio is quite high, is that not why I am paying for a private education? There is a lack of resources to help students who are struggling, rather seems you either do it on your own or your child is just pushed along with the flow. Hmmm Bahhhh
Too much focus especially in the elementary grades on giving LOTS of homework and grading it. 7 and 8 years old shouldn't be getting 3 hours of homework. It concerns me when I see the homework pile bigger than the inclass work pile. It makes you think there is less teaching going on in class due to the amount of homework. I haven't seen my child's average go up significantly. It is disturbing how some of the teachers talk to the children and how fearful parents are in speaking up.
No selective admission process. They welcome anyone who applies. No waiting list to deal with. Expectations are high, but it seems there is more homework than in class work. Homework is actually graded.
We are new to the school. I do find many of the parents to be intimidated by staff and even teachers. They don't speak up even when unhappy about their child's progress.
I read the reviews. School does have high expectations (at times unrealistic), but the teachers do not or have no knowledge where to refer students for extra help or any recommendations. As far as the math program Everyday Math is only used up until 5th or 6th grade. The administration will take your concerns seriously if you are involved in the school. This school is very republican and appears to be less tolerant surrounding certain issues. Too political instead being focused more on catholic teaching all the time. One of the reasons I left.
Principal is a problem. She is non-responsive and does not want to be too involved when there is a concern. This is unusual when parents are keeping the school open by paying tuition and fundraising.
Transfd from SFDS into 5th. My daughter still attends and will go thru to 8th. More activities for the children, the teachers are SO MUCH NICER & talk to the children instead of at them. Lunch program is awesome. Grades are emailed to parents regularly. Academically awesome, prepares them for college. Tuition is VERY reasonable compared to other Catholic schools. We've had problems w/some teachers, but over all I would recommend this school. I feel like they really care about my daughter and that's important.
I agree with the last two posts. More emphasis on writing, parent orientation to the University of Chicago Mathematics program, better communication between parents and teachers as to what students are working on week by week, and in a previous post diversity among staff.
STM has a little over 500 students if you include pre-school students. As for academics they try to push the students to read a year above their grade level for Reading, English, and Spelling. The math program is University of Chicago Math program. I would like to see more emphasis on writing though.
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