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PK-8
Private
Arlington, VA
Students enrolled: 398
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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105 North Thomas Street
Arlington, VA 22203

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(703) 528-6781
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September 12, 2014
The school has hired some good new teachers in the past several years. They have, however grown beyond their capacity to handle increased enrollments. Last school year they had grown to just over 400 students. This year they have grown even more and really don't have the space. A planned expansion is dependent on a funding campaign that seems to be progressing slowly. Teachers are less able to handle to growing class sizes; some long-time families are leaving as a result.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
this school has really helped my middle school child grow. The teachers have really taught my child how to experience life at the fullest. I must disagree with some of the other posts because saint Thomas more has become a nurturing place for my child. My child has always been bright and has now paved his future. I believe that the current principal was overwhelmed by all of the good things that the previous principal has done that she didn't know how she could finish them! Over this past year she has proven herself to be more than worthy of her principal title. She welcomed us with open arms to the school and has given my son a personal tour of the school. Saint Thomas more is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your child to grow religiously and academically. There is no possible way this school could get any better! Their classes are rigorous and challenging yet my child still knows what he is doing. I wish my child would've went to this school since he was in Preschool

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
What I saw happen at STM - after being there for many years - was an increase in enrollment (due to much hard work by the prior principal and parents) and a current principal who completely lacks the leadership and administrative abilities to handle it. We saw increased class sizes, involved families leave, teacher turnover, teachers who seemed to be stressed and unhappy and disgruntled parents who pulled their kids out of school mid year. We felt like it went from a small, happy community to a large bureaucracy, and that is why we finally left. We are very happy at a smaller, well run, Catholic school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
Sad to see this happen.... This school has some great qualities but I agree with some of the previous posts, administration doesn't really seem to care, and if they show they care its really done in a condescending way. Part of teaching children does sometimes involve shaming but not to the extent that they do it at this facility. Punishment or disciplinary action often is extreme when compared to the behavioral infraction. Some of the expectations about behavior are unrealistic for age groups. The academics and the teacher involvement is stellar but the way they handle behavioral problems is disappointing. I can understand why several parents have removed their children as stated in previous reviews here. I remember another parent removing one of her children one year and the next she removed the other two. There exists a rigidity and unwillingness to see things another way. Some of the shaming that they do towards children unfortunately extends to the adults as well which is inappropriate. You don't conduct yourself that way with parents who are responsive and do their best to work with you because they care a great deal. They're ruining school as a fun place to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
Few involved parents, Principal who either doesn't listen or doesn't care about serious parent concerns (regardless, they remain unresolved), teachers who humiliate children and, in one case, puts her hands on them as a form of "correcting" their behavior. Strict is one thing, abusive is another. Small classrooms reflective of exodus of families. The Diocese (and parents) should really expect more of The Cathedral School.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
I m pleased with the education my children have received and I can t say enough about how dedicated and caring their teachers have been. I love the pride they have in their students, and appreciate the extra time they've spent to address special concerns. Parents asked for after school enrichment classes. It happened. My kids love The Science Seed, Drama, Tiny Chefs, and Lego Robotics. We haven't tried Yoga or Chess. Parents asked if we could help in the classroom more, and that happened. I ve set up math games, helped with a Halloween party and supervised in the Computers classroom while students learn about the satellite they re building. Yes, it s a Catholic school with strict rules, and that s what we wanted. It s also a place where manners count and values matter. I like the way you meet any middle school student and you're greeted with a handshake, direct eye contact and a polite introduction. btw, the largest elementary school class is 3rd grade: 23 students. The largest middle school classes are 6th and 7th grades: 28 each. Like others who posted, we could send our kids anywhere, but we are happy with our choice to send them to St. Thomas More.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
What an awful place. The principal is a horrible administrator, has no clue what's happening in the classrooms. She is unwilling to address parent feedback or to make proposed changes. Suggestions are viewed as criticism/attacks on the way they do things. The teachers and principal shame the kids. The things some of the teachers say to the kids have left me slack-jawed. There is no respect or appreciation for the students. It doesn't even seem like anyone who works here LIKES kids. What a mess. Those who stay do so saying, "This is the devil we know," fearful of leaving here and ending up in another lion's den. Not likely they'd find a worse school. The same parents volunteer for everything and end up getting burnt out. There is no enthusiasm to participate in anything and the PTO is a joke. Can't believe we stayed as long as we did. My kids were emotionally scarred at this place and are SO happy elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
Horrible, horrible principal. Now that we are gone and experiencing a well run school, I can't believe we didn't leave earlier.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
Our daughter just finished Pre-K at STM and absolutely thrived. We moved her to STM mid school year because our daughter would cry for 30 minutes every time we dropped her off at school. Her first day at STM she went right into her classroom with a smile and it stayed that way all year! Amazing teachers, we love the "specials" (music, gym, computer, art, library, Spanish) and as a whole the school has been incredible. Even the pre-schoolers got to participate in the satellite that STM is sending to space next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
Our child is thriving now that he has left STM. The environment at STM is not friendly and the administration is standoffish.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I have three children currently enrolled in this school and have been sending my children here for years. The teachers are absolutly terrific, continually going the extra mile for our kids. The school community has embraced the current adminstration's desire to ensure that the technology available to the students is second to none. The school recently renovated their computer lab, installed wifi in the entire school, added technology and numerous books to its library, while still maintaining a strong commitment to art and PE. The school's pre-k and K programs are notoriously good. The school has teacher sponsored after school book clubs in the upper grades and competes annually in the battle of the books. The school has groups competing in an underwater robotics program developed by MIT - SeaPearch - and has partnered with NASA to have an experiment launched as part of an upcoming satelite - CubeSat. The school has an award winning band program open to all students beginning in the fourth grade and about half the students participate. Students at all levels perform well on standardized tests and are often awarded scholarships to attend private high schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
Based on my experience, my kids have grown to embrace and enjoy learning and believe a significant factor is the environment that STM fosters. STM provides a great community and positive environment thanks to the quality of teachers and staff. It is truly a special place for kids to learn from an academic and social perspective.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
We have been sending our child to STM for years and we are 100% happy with the school. We give STM high marks on quality of education, quality of teachers and administration, parent involvement, responsiveness, kindness of students, communication, safety and future direction of the school. We have many wonderful options for places to send our child to school. We send our child (and will send our other children) to STM because, year after year, we continue to be thoroughly pleased with the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Our child has been at STM since pre-K. We are thoroughly pleased with the direction of the school both academically and spiritually. His teachers have shown a true dedication to his education and development. We could send our child to any school we like, however, we chose STM because of the administration and teaching staff. I have never found the staff to be unresponsive, in fact, I feel they do an excellent job keeping parents updated on happenings within the school. Our child will remain at STM through the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
I have to agree with the previous two posts. Our child attended this school from Pre-K through 3rd grade. Some teachers are great, especially the new ones, but the administration stifles parent involvement, is indecisive, and not committed to improving the quality of the education or the experience for the children. The predominant attitude from the administration is "we have a waiting list to attend." The administration is riding on the merits of the previous administration and the blue ribbon rating... the whole attitude of the school changed with the current administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
With a few exceptions, teachers are dedicated. The few that aren't will remain, because the principal does not listen to parents when they express real concerns and documented evidence of poor teaching. We have been a long time family here, and are looking for a new school. I agree with the poster below, the focus is on numbers of children enrolled, school expansion, and rigidity when it comes to rules. The current principal lacks leadership, and compassion for parents or for kids. We are sad to leave, but feel there is no alternative.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
My youngest child continues to thrive at this terrific school. His outstanding standardized test scores objectively illustrate what a great job the teachers are doing. The students are happy and respectful and graduates do well in high school and college. The parents are friendly and very active. It is a great community!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I'm an alum of the school and currently have my son enrolled at STM. He began here in PreK and loves it. He's had a wonderful experience as have we. The teachers are very professional and approachable. He's come a long way the last few years and truly enjoys going to school. His progress ties directly to the attention he has received from his teachers. We are pleased that he's in such good hands. We clearly made the right decision with St. Thomas More.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I am an alum of the school and received a excellent education. I decided to send my child here from K through 8th grade and recommend this school to others. My son now attends a highly competitive University and majors in International Business. He has commented that the study and note-taking skills learned at the elementary grade level from St. Thomas More teachers helped him in high school and now at University.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
Wonderful school! Updated computer lab with touch screens, caring staff & terrific faculty, many with Master degrees. Students go on to excellent high schools and have received acceptances to Johns Hopkins, Brown, University of Virginia, William & Mary.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The diversity... we have dozens of ethnic groups from all of the continents. The teachers unconditionally love our children. The administrators are doers... and open to change for growing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2009
Outstanding school, great teachers, superb academics. Best in the area!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
This is our daughter's first year at STM More, and while our daughter came to STM with a solid foundation in reading and math, she has truly blossomed both academically and socially. The teaching staff, parents and children are absolutely wonderful. The diverse student body, academics and strong Christian values speaks volumes as to what STM is about. We look forward to our younger daughter attending STM.

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February 16, 2009
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November 11, 2008
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January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
We transitioned to the Fairfax County Schools from STM. We were advised by the public school that both our kids were behind in math and, because STM courses don't follow the SOLs, we missed some material all together. One of our kids was two grades behind in reading when we arrived in the Fairfax schools, but tested average on the standardized testing that went into the Blue Ribbon designation. I don't think you are getting what you think you are getting.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
We are a new family to St. Thomas More in Sept., 2007. One of the things that attracted our family to this school was the fact that it was awarded a Blue Ribbon School by the Dep't of Education in 2006. In addition, it has a wonderfully diverse student body. Well, two months in, and we are just thrilled. Our kids love the school. The kids are challenged, yet love to go to school each day. The spiritual and moral dimension of the school set it apart. Our kids were in Arlington County schools previously, and yes, they had excellent teachers....but when it comes to the seriousness of learning, the moral and religious values that my children are taught each day - well there is no comparison. I feel as if this school is an undiscovered jewel, in terms of the staff, the caring and love that our family experiences daily.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2006
We have attended STM for the last two years and absolutely love everything about the school. The teachers are involved with the parents and there is a open communication with them. My son really enjoys his teachers and the other children in the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
My son is in his third year at Saint Thomas More, and I am very satisfied with the experience. The teachers are terrific, the acedimics are of a high quality, and the parents have plenty of opportunities to get involved. My son has enjoyed playing on soccer and basketball teams with his classmates, and has other options for extracurricular activities should he choose to participate. I was surprised to read the earlier poor reviews of the school and the principal. I have always been impressed with the principal's leadership and especially with her concern for student safety. Saint Thomas More is a well run school, with excellent teachers, and a superior acedemic program. It is hard to imagine that this would happen without the leadership of a good principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2005
I am a parent of three kids; two of which have attended this school. Never again will I make the mistake of sending my youngest to this school as I did with his two siblings. This school has lost its ethical foundation and can no longer claim to be a school promoting moral beliefs. This year is the last year that any of my children shall attend.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
In reference to the previous post, the attendant of the school who posted obviously NEEDS to further education over the same concepts particularly in spelling and grammar! I also attend the school and we do not go over the same concepts repeatedly, the rare times we do it is to our benefit because few people understood the concept. Our staff is fully accredited and our teachers have a passion for teaching that we would not find in a public school.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2005
I think this school used to be a wonderful place. Under the current principal, we have less students and I come home almost every day complaining of the unfair teachers. My school would be a much better place under new mangement. The academic are okay, but me and most of my friends are bored in our classes. We continuly go over comcepts again and again, while the teachers claim they are supposed to do this. The extracurricular activties are pathetic, my parents have had to pay extra money to other things to keep me busy during the year. Parental imvolvment is down to a minimum. Very few parents volunteer and those that do have children leaving for highschool very soon. I have watched this school go downhill firsthand ever since the current principal came and warn anybody considering this school, to stay away.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
My child has attended STM for 3 years now. We love the school and the staff. The education my child receives is great. The staff truly cares for the students, they make a point to remember kids names & say personal hellos to them. My only recent concern is that when we started at STM the class size was smaller than it is now....(our class has almost 30 kids)...I don't think the kids are falling through the cracks--but when you pay for that education I'd like to see a smaller class size.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
The principle's leadership is non-existent. There are a handful of good teachers. There are hardly any extracurricular activities. The former ways of discipline have been relaced with the principle's beliefs in political correction. The overall quality is deplorable.

- submitted by a former student
January 13, 2005
St. Thomas More is terrific. I have spent 15 great years involved with the school while watching my children grow into terrific young adults. My kids were challenged to perform academically. They were also taught to treat others with respect. The school overall is a loving and caring environment. The teachers are nurturing and great at their professions. The PTO is a hard working group of parents who are very supportive of the school. Over all, my family's time at STM has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
Very Good School. Very Good Curriculum,and strict in academics. Not easy in the beggining for kids with disciplinary problems, or low academic performance. Rules are set very clearly early in the year, and followed to the point the entire year. Students are encourage, and trained to work independently. A lot, without being excessive Homework and Extracurricular activities. Our kids had developed very good studying habits, and analytical thinking. Most of the teachers with at least 10-15 years of experience. Allows a lot of parent participation in multiple activities. Award winning band. Started a Strong Spanish Program this year. Computer Lab. is up to date, with recently purchased equipment. New Parish Priest and Vicar are highly involved in the school ( 180 degrees change from prior years..)

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
The St. Thomas More faculty is fully accredited. Every teacher accepts the responsibility to keep his/her professional credentials up to date. Unfortunately, there was a misstatement posted on this website that said the faculty is not qualified to teach. The diocese of Arlington does a full review of each of its schools every five years. We went through that process in the year 2004 and received a stellar review. St. Thomas More is a school that provides a Christian,loving environment, a strong curriculum, and a myriad of activities for the children. We are a Catholic school that has educated children for over fifty years. Our children have made us proud. As someone else has already stated on this website, just make an appointment and come by and see for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
January 12, 2005
After reading the two reviews that were posted, I felt obligated to comment. I have had children at STM for the last 10 years. I currently have a child in an Arlington Diocesan High School taking honors courses -- the teachers at STM prepared my child well for these challenging courses. The STM teachers are competent, caring, and committed to provided a first class education to all students. The principal is an excellent leader who cares deeply for every student there. If you are considering STM, I would recommend taking a tour of the school anytime -- simply contact the STM school office and a tour will be provided for you and your child. Not to be too petty but I'm not sure how much credence should be paid to the previous reviewer(s) who apparently cannot spell or use correct grammar!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
I would just like to say that STM is a great environment for learning. The principal wants to become more involved and has even started teaching. It is great how much she cares for the students as well as the parents. the parent-teachers are no different than the other teachers and the children love the school. We are so blessed to have Fr. Matthew, our resident pastor, so involved. he is funny and is a great example to the students. Great leadership is possessed by the principal and the teachers love to teach. I give two thumbs up.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
I just want to confirm the same sentiments of the other reviews and that the principle is condescending. (Our child (pre-k) will not attend this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
I would not recommend this school as long as the current principle is allowed to continue. She does not believe in the children and talks down to the children and parents alike. The teachers are not capable. It's a truly political climate with no one to report concerns. You have no choice, except to accept things or leave. This is not a good environment, especially for children trying to build self esteem.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2004
I would not recommend this school. STM used to be a school of values and competition, but these have been replaced by politicall correct beliefs imposed by the principle. When a new administration comes I will be the first to recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 North Thomas Street, Arlington, VA  22203
(703) 528-6781
Last modified St. Thomas More Cathedral School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Thomas More Cathedral School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top