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god’s children in extraordinary variety

School Profile

Description: At St. Thomas the Apostle School, God’s Children in Extraordinary Variety are Inspired to Academic Achievement, Instilled with Faith Values, and Involved in a Caring Community.

Enrollment: 2018-19:  348 students; Average class size: 19 students

Administration: Mr. Tim Gallo, Principal; Ms. Erin Monahan, Assistant Principal

Faculty: Highly qualified teachers in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 as well as individual Resource Teacher, Art Teacher, Music Teacher, Physical Education Teacher, Spanish Teacher,  and Teacher Assistants.

Accreditation:
  • Archdiocese of Chicago AdvancED Accreditation
  • Full accreditation from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Membership:
  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce – 2012 Organization of the Year

Test Performance: St. Thomas the Apostle students take the ACT Aspire test in the spring of each year. Students in grades 3 – 8 take this test. STA students generally perform as “ready” on the ACT Aspire standardized test.

Curriculum: Common Core curriculum as required by the State of Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Curriculum includes:

  • Catholic religion program
  • Balanced Literacy
  • University of Chicago’s Everyday Math
  • FOSS Science
  • Weekly Specials Classes including: Resource Class, Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education

Spiritual Growth:
  • Daily Religion Class
  • Daily Prayers
  • Mass weekly on Tuesdays at 8:30 am
  • Sunday Family Masses throughout the year
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Stations of the Cross
  • May Crowning
  • Altar Servers
  • Lectors
  • Service Opportunities

Extracurricular Enrichment: Announced each trimester and have included the following in the past:

  • Gospel Choir
  • Guitar and Piano Lessons
  • Cooking Club
  • Acrobatics Arts
  • Robot Coding
  • Improv Club
  • Chess Club

Programs offered vary depending on age and interest level.


Technology:
  • SMART Boards in middle school classrooms
  • One-to-one Chromebooks in 4th-8th Grade Classrooms
  • Classroom iPad sets of 10 in Kindergarten – 3rd grades
  • Computer Lab
  • Subscriptions to online academic resources including Freckle and Reading A-Z

Additional
Services:
  • Before School Care
  • Extended Day Program
  • After School Care
  • Title One Services

Facilities:
  • 21 Homeroom Classrooms & Specials Classrooms
  • State-of-the-Art Science Lab
  • Computer Lab
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Cafeteria

Parents:
  • Home and School Association
  • School Advisory Board

Athletics:
  • Flag Football (4th-8th)
  • Basketball (K-8th)
  • Volleyball (5th-8th)
  • Track (3rd-8th)

 

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