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Expanding Minds. Engaging Hearts.

The STAES approach to learning uses the latest research in neuroscience and education to synthesize the four C’s of 21st Century Learning (i.e. critical thinking, creativity, communication, and cooperation) with the strong academic foundations of a classical education (i.e. social sciences, creative arts, the sciences, arithmetic, and humanities). These classical building blocks are integrated as tools for cognitive, linguistic and social development and expression as children build understanding, make connections and foster relationships. We believe this blending creates the perfect environment for the cultivation of a well-rounded student that is best prepared to succeed in life beyond the classroom.


At St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School we seek to create a stimulating and secure environment where children can explore, question, discover, and create. Our classes average a 1:12 teacher to student ratio. Research shows that teachers working with fewer children more personally improves the atmosphere and overall quality of learning in the classroom, particularly for younger students. Small class sizes empower teachers to differentiate instruction to best suit individual student needs.

At STAES, your child’s fifth grade teacher will know their name even if they have just started kindergarten. All of our students receive individualized attention not only for the positive impact it has on their attention and behavior, but also so that they can develop stronger relationships with their peers and more confidence in themselves. Engaged, confident, and connected students will achieve stronger academic performance and better overall life outcomes.


“Play is the highest form of research. ”

~ Albert Einstein

Research has also shown that recess every day helps develop children’s bodies, mind and spirits. They are more attentive during class time when there is daily recess, and their active time at recess leads to better behavior and academic performance. Active play also facilitates a child’s social interaction and communication.


“Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?”

~ Desmond Tutu

As an Episcopal school, we believe each individual is entitled to an equitable and safe environment where they are valued, respected, and accepted. We believe that by recognizing and honoring all the differences that exist among us, we help to enhance our students’ sense of identity and their respect for others. Our school chooses to lead by example. We invite students and families from all backgrounds and faiths to participate in our school. We actively implement hiring and enrollment practices that further diversity. Our curricula includes lessons and activities that foster mutual respect and the courage to challenge assumptions in order to deepen understanding and bring people together.