Our History

History of St. Thomas

St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School opened its doors in September of 1966 to 78 students.  Its genesis was the settlement of the area around the Manned Spacecraft Center (later the Johnson Space Center) and the establishment of an Episcopal church in Nassau Bay.  One of the founding parishioners, Dr. Larry Chapman, a Seabrook physician, suggested that St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church establish a school for young children.

Ground-breaking for the new church and school occurred in March 1966, and construction proceeded at a hectic pace.  Officiants present to turn the first shovels of earth were Bishop Scott Bailey, Rector Joe Johnson, and Dr. Chapman.

The founders wanted to ensure that there were eight classrooms ready to receive children for the fall semester of 1966, and when it opened in September, the church building itself was not quite complete.

The school opened with 78 students, climbed to 102, and has typically fluctuated between 85 and 150 students, with grade-levels varying according to demand in the community.

Today, the church and school both use Krist Hall, the original church building, and expansion has included a beautiful sanctuary and a wonderful play facility designed by a playground architect.  The playground overlooks sparkling Clear Lake and Ward Park.  Children delight in exploring, playing, and imagining here during their daily recess and enjoy academic excellence in a secure, joyful and nurturing learning environment.

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum, St. Thomas offers all students instruction in art, spiritual studies, drama, library, music, physical education, Spanish and technology.  School chapel services are held weekly, and the school continues to offer an intimate environment with small classes and individual attention to every child.

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School has been providing a solid educational foundation to young children for over 50 years, and is looking forward to many more years of cultivating young minds, hearts, and spirits.