St. Thomas the Apostle was established to meet the educational, spiritual, and social needs of students. Six carved panels were inset into the archways of our entrance doors when the current school building was constructed in 1929 – Education, Science, Religion, Art, Music and Patriotism. They were, and still are, a reflection of the mission of St. Thomas the Apostle as we continue to provide a challenging curriculum and high expectations for our students.
St. Thomas the Apostle is open to all students regardless of race, ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. We offer a rigorous learning program for students with average to above average abilities. Because the school does not receive federal or state funding to assist with special education expenses, we are able to provide only limited direct services for students with diagnosed disabilities.
Admissions are processed on a rolling basis; registration for the following school year is initiated during Catholic Schools Week, which takes place the last week of January. Families interested in information regarding St. Thomas the Apostle School are encouraged to contact the school at (773) 667-1142. You may also request an information packet by completing the inquiry form, available online, and forwarding it to the school.
The following records are required for a child to enter St. Thomas the Apostle School:
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate for those who are Catholic
- Health records (Students must meet state requirements regarding immunization policies before and during their time of attendance at STA.)
Prekindergarten students must be able to feed and dress themselves, be toilet-trained and able to follow simple directions.
Kindergarten students are required to have knowledge of basic colors, numbers, the alphabet, fine and large motor skills, listening skills, social skills, and the ability to follow directions.
Students entering kindergarten through grade 8 are required to have their records and recommendations reviewed by the principal. Students in grades 5-8 are usually interviewed by the principal prior to acceptance.
In accordance with Illinois State Board of Education requirements, students enrolling in prekindergarten, kindergarten or first grade must be three, four, five or six-years-old by September 1 of the respective year for the class for which they are registering.
St. Thomas the Apostle’s admissions process consists of three steps: Application, Acceptance and Registration.
To Apply to St. Thomas the Apostle School, Families Must:
- Complete the St. Thomas the Apostle School Application Form and submit to the main office.
- Visit and Shadow Arrange for a visit to tour the school and meet the principal. We encourage families to consider arranging a shadow day for their children.
- Recommendation Forms St. Thomas the Apostle will reach out to your child’s current school for a letter of recommendation from their current teacher or principal.
- Records and Documents Provide an original or certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, latest report card, latest standardized test scores (e.g. ASPIRE or NWEA MAP), and baptismal certificate if the child is Catholic.
- Parent Interview The principal may request an interview after the application has been reviewed.
All required application documents must be submitted before a decision on acceptance can be made.
Acceptance is based upon academic records, standardized test scores, school recommendations and, if required by the principal, a student interview with the principal and/or teacher. All students must be emotionally and intellectually capable of meeting St. Thomas the Apostle School standards. Families are notified by mail regarding a student’s acceptance to St. Thomas the Apostle School. Siblings of current STA students are given priority in the registration process.
To Finalize Registration, Families Must :
- Complete and submit the following documents with the appropriate signatures:
- Parent Agreement Form
- Parent Certifications Form
- Emergency Card
- Medication Information Form
- Immunization/Physical Examination Form
- Dental, Vision, Hearing Exam Forms
- Register on FACTS Tuition Management System
- Pay fees
- Receive a tuition payment schedule
- All new families attend a New Parent Meeting prior to the start of the school year.
Registration is final when all completed documents and initial payments are received. Payment of fees, pertinent signatures and submission of all required forms guarantees the child’s place in the grade. Admission of all students is on a probationary basis for academics and behavior.