Saint Thomas Catholic School


Welcome to St. Thomas Catholic School! We have been proudly serving southeast Champaign County since 1905. I hope as you visit our website you will see our dedication to providing our preschool and K-8 students a faith-based education that is focused on forming, not just educating, the whole child—spiritually, academically, emotionally, and physically.

As principal of our school, I promise parents a safe, loving, God-filled learning environment. Our caring faculty and staff are dedicated to helping each child succeed in the classroom and beyond. But you might be wondering, “What really sets St. Thomas apart?”

First, in order to meet the particular needs of each child, we provide differentiated instruction through the use of multiage classrooms, small class sizes, schoolwide blocks of time for core instruction in reading and math, and additional time each day for extra reading and math instruction for students with those needs.

Second, many varied opportunities are available for a child to expand his or her interests. Each week every child is given the opportunity for instruction in Spanish, health, physical education, technology, and music. Additionally, students in grades 4 though 8 may choose to participate in band and/or choir. St. Thomas also offers many extracurricular activities beginning in 4th grade, such as cross country, track, basketball, volleyball, chess club, bucket drumming, book club, and speech. Our smaller size ensures that every child has the opportunity to try something new.

Third, children are given many opportunities to go beyond themselves and “love their neighbor.” Not only does this take place in the classroom and during recess, but it also manifests in some rather unique ways. For instance, older students “buddy up” with younger students to provide a kind of mentoring for the youngers and allowing friendships to develop across grade levels. Our students show their love for Christ and others each day by treating others with respect, working to their fullest ability, and helping one another as we strive to Live, Love, and Serve as Christ.

Fourth, students’ relationship with their Creator is strengthened through daily religious instruction, a schoolwide opening prayer every morning and classroom closing prayer each day, as well as weekly Mass and devotional time in our church. While we emphasize the Catholic faith tradition, such encounters are offered in such a way as to make everyone feel comfortable. Many non-Catholics feel right at home and even enjoy learning about Catholicism.

Last, but certainly not least, we recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we are happy to have the opportunity to partner with so many wonderfully engaged families. We are also fortunate to benefit from the time, talent, and treasure our school and parish families provide, helping us to continue to thrive and serve our community. Such generous and loving support ensures that every St. Thomas student is provided a quality Christian formation.

Please peruse our website to get a fuller picture of who we are.  To get an even better look, stop by and see us in person. We look forward to meeting you!

Blessings to you,

Lisa Doughan


St. Thomas Catholic School

217-684-2217 (fax)