Saint Thomas Catholic School

Why Saint Thomas?

  • The smaller size of our school community ensures more personal attention to each student.
  • Low tuition cost, in the Catholic tradition of never turning away any child for financial reasons.
  • Our Teachers hold current teaching licenses from the State of Illinois, with several certified as “Highly Qualified”.
  • Buddy program matches younger students with older Buddies, developing relationships that last a lifetime.
  • Multiage program allows students to develop at their level of ability, receiving support or enrichment as needed.
  • Students are prepared to excel in high school, college, and all life education.  Our students frequently become leaders in their high school and college programs.
  • Integrated technology including laptops, computer lab, and classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, document cameras, projectors, and video cameras.
  • Robust Parent-Teacher Organization, with the majority of families volunteering through PTO sponsored events.
  • Something for everyone – athletics, speech, band, choir, Spanish, etc.

Independent Research Evidence

Empirical evidence in the U.S… indicates that education performance and attendance are greater in Catholic schools in contrasts to its public counter-parts.…attendance at Catholic schools in the U.S. increases the probability of completing high school or commencing college by 13%. …through comparing previous examination by private and public schools concluded that students in private education outperform those from government schools on all educational, social and economic indicators.   Francis, Vella (1999), “Do Catholic Schools Make a Difference?”, The Journal of Human Resources (Un Wisconsin Press) Vol. 34, No. 1: 208–224 

America’s parochial schools have often served … Unburdened by the bureaucracy and lethargy that bedevil most big-city school systems, and with a tradition of emphasizing discipline and academic rigor, they have generally been able to turn out better graduates — while often spending less than half the money per pupil.Time Magazine: Can Catholic Schools Do It Better?, By Sam Allis/Boston Monday, May 27, 1991