My children are challenged and happy, and I believe will be well prepared for college. The teachers care about helping students succeed and the children are respectful. I think the math and science curriculum are strong. They teach both sides in science - creationism and evolution, although all the teachers are Christian. Seniors get into good universities. The school is a good value and is NOT a snooty, rich kids school. Very family oriented.
My daughter is about to graduate and has been at STE since kindergarten. The headmaster, who has been in place for 6 or so years, has made great improvements. Honestly, there was a time that the school did focus only on bagpipes and drums and the work load was mostly memory work. SInce Mr. Cusack took charge that has changed. Girls and boys are treated equal, there are ample sports for girls, the middle school science program is growing, the teachers are well-qualified and the curriculum is always being scrutinized for value and relevance. The office staff is friendly and always willing to help. The graduating classes (of about 50) always get into schools such as Notre Dame, West Point, Princeton - to name a few - and average more than 3 million in scholarships each year. I highly encourage all to take a second look and see the advances and progressive stance STE has made.
Negative comments on this site are inaccurate or outdated. Sports for girls: in both middle and high school girls have more sports teams than boys. MS: 4-boys/5 girls, HS: 7 boys/9 girls Lower school science: science modules are taught in all lower grades, and a special science teacher starts with 4th grade. "Un-degreed" teachers: are an exception. One quarter to one third of teachers have advanced degrees. Those without degrees are experts in their fields or native speakers of the languages they teach. High tuition: STE's tuition is significantly less than comparable area schools. The school IS accredited by SAES.
You have to love this school. It is a smaller school so the sense of community is amazing. Morality and religion are part of the education. The quality of education is extremely good. The school focuses on a classical education. I personally love that the students must go to chapel every day. I am sending my children to this school becuase of the community, religious focus, and quality education. I am disappointed to see a few low ratings from disgruntled students or parents on this site. We want the best for our children, so we're sending them here. If you want an easier school, a less religiously focused school, then go elsewhere, but don't disparage this amazing place where those things are not important to you. You should have chosen another school. If this school lowers its standards for education, homework, and religion, then it will produce dumber kids with no moral compass like the public schools do. I love this place.
I spent all of my primary and some of secondary education at this school. I have horrible memories from STE. I am currently studying to be an elementary teacher UT Austin, and as I look back on my education, I see a lot of rote memorization, repetition, little meaning, and no community. STE fails to embrace the cultures, backgrounds, and stories that come from the students as it forces them to choose, for example, bagpipes/drums or dancing. Obviously, there is no choice. Girls dance, boys play the drums or bagpipe. I honestly wanted to play the drums when I attended STE, but that was unacceptable.
Read between the lines of the information pages of the school. Click on the chapel link. STE requires every student to go to chapel. Parents, who are not Christian realize this, but ignore it because the academics are "good." STE talks about Christianity, but hardly ever carries out what they are supposed to do. What does it mean for a ten-year-old to chant words that she doesn't really understand? Now click the School Song link. Boys are supposed to be strong and brave. Girls are supposed to be gentle and have beautiful hearts. After attending this school, I find that STE creates the borders and walls between gender roles constantly in the curriculum, and even in religion. I would not send my children to this school ever.
This school is a small, unworthy, and bland school for a higher than usual price.
STES offers a well rounded education. The work load is heavy and the quality of work expected is demanding but I feel it will give my children the foundation they need to prepare themselves for college. This school is not for lazy, undisciplined students. The teachers are wonderful.
Unless your child is big on Scottish music or dance, there isn't much more to brag about. Curriculum is outdated and not competitive with other privet schools in the area. Sport's program for middle school is basically non-existent. I believe the school is trying to improve the situation, unfortunately at a very slow pace.
My daughter is a Kindergartener at this school and she loves the school, her teacher and the traditions. She is reading confidently and with enthusiasm. There is a lot of parental involvement required but I would expect that out of any school with an academic emphasis.
The curriculum is out of date. They are trying to upgrade science, but not in the lower school. Some teachers are excellent but there are an equal number that are not. It seems to be more important to have the kids quiet than in interactive learning.
I agree with many other reviewers here. The curriculum is out of date, and teaching of math in particular skews heavily towards rote memorization at the expense of understanding basic concepts. All of this could be overlooked if the school provided a nurturing and happy environment for our child, but our child's teacher is very lazy and finds it easier to control the class with threats and punitive measures (as noted by several other reviewers here) rather than by keeping children engaged. We have been very disappointed, primarily in the academics, but also by the cliques.
This School really tries hard to give kids a broad education. There are some areas that could be better i.e parent/teacher communication, but overall I have been impressed with academic standards. For a small school there are many extracurricular opportunities.
Who ever says this school is bad. What other high school in the U.S. has a pipe band that won the Juvenile Pipe Band Championships 5 times and played for Queen Elizabeth 2. Also environment is fun and focuses on education.
Leadership in the administration is lacking and trickles down to result in poor motivation with the school programs.
Very poor in science and math -- evolution is replaced by Genesis, and math is taught by rote rather than getting students to understand concepts. Horribly sexist environment that excludes girls from the Scottish band program and most sports.
I went to STE for seven years, and then left. Here's the boildown. I never attended the lower school, but I sense that the middle school is the best part.
Great school. Love that the girls and boys are taught separately 1-8 (this does not mean there is no interaction!) New headmaster has made amazing changes with more to come! Required foreign language from grade one is fabulous and the small classes and parent involvement make for a truly wonderful environment for the student. Tuition is reasonable (comparatively speaking) and extra curriculars are expanding. The school has also applied for accreditation. The upper classmen are kind to the lower school and this gives such a boost to the elementary kids! (Nice not to see high schoolers making out in the hallways too!)
This is a very involving private school that includes chapel five days a week. Although the extracurricular activities are not extremely big, they are growing and have increased in number. Just this year they have started their first girls' soccer team and this is the second year with a high school and middle school swim team. Their high school girls' basketball team is getting better as is the middle school. They also have a very good writing and Latin program. Many children that go to St. Thomas throughout high school end up making it into great colleges and are very successful. They also have highly involved highland dancers and a world class bag-pipe and drum band. Every year they hold the Scottish Festival around March in the Toyota center to show off the amazing dancers and band members.
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