St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School (STAES) offers families of all backgrounds and faiths a classical education adapted to 21st century learning standards in order to cultivate children who are knowledgeable, creative, and virtuous global citizens. For over 50 years, we have served families as elementary school specialists, and here is how the STAES experience differs from any other school in the area.
Research shows that small class settings ensure that each student gets the attention he or she needs to excel academically, and cultivate their unique gifts and talents. This is why St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School (STAES) limits class sizes to 12 students. Small group instruction is the norm so that we can meet students at their ability level and grow those abilities as the child is ready. Additionally, our curriculum is carefully selected and developed to be more rigorous than what most Texas schools offer; our Singapore Math program for example places our students an average of one full grade level ahead of their public school peers in mathematics. We are also the only private school in the area to offer daily Spanish Language classes (Kinder – 5th grade) so that students can get an early start on bilingual learning and proficiency.
Our award-winning Fine Arts and Music program engages students creativity through singing, dancing, improvisation, drawing, and painting skills. At STAES, the arts are not just another elective class, they are a core part of our curriculum because research demonstrates that creative development enhances children’s cognitive skills. Our art classes often reinforce concepts that students are learning about in their homeroom class so that they can make connections between ideas like Picasso and cubism and geometry. We offer competitive programs like our children’s choir, as well as fun performance opportunities like our annual musical.
Compassion is the core value of all that we strive for at St. Thomas. Students come together daily for assemblies and chapel to learn about how to care for one another. We are also developing service-learning projects like our annual Kindergarten Cookie sale, where our Kinder students learn about math, entrepreneurship, and community service by baking and selling cookies to raise money for the Nassau Bay Animal Shelter. The project concludes with a trip to the animal shelter where students can see first hand the impact of their efforts, and how the money they raised is put to use.
If you are looking for a special place for your unique child to shine, St. Thomas might be just the right place for you. Come join our family.
For more information about enrollment for 2019-2020, contact the Director of Admissions, Moisina Sanxhaku at 281-333-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also explore our school and apply online at https://stesnb.org/