Saint Thomas Academy

Saint Thomas Academy Photo #1 - Mass
Saint Thomas Academy Photo #1 - Mass
  • Founded in 1885, we provide an exceptional educational experience for young men in grades 6-12.
  • An Academy education emphasizes academic preparation, servant leadership, character development, and personal responsibility.
  • STA is Minnesota`s only Catholic, college preparatory, leadership school for boys grades 6-12, where all faiths are welcome.
  • Proven college prep: Rigorous, results-oriented curriculum tailored to how boys learn.
  • Cultivating the capacity to lead: A military model (grades 9-12) that develops caring, competent, and character-driven leaders.
  • Service to the community: Giving back is woven into the fabric of student life.
  • Arts, athletics, activities: Countless opportunities for exploration and self-expression.

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Saint Thomas Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Military Colleges and Schools
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1885

Student Body

Total Students594 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeSaint Thomas Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers62 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, Chinese, Comparative Government & Politics, World History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform for upper school; blue pants, shirt and black tie for middle school)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,600
Tuition NotesMore than $2.5 million in tuition assistance available every year.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$9,400
Admissions DirectorRick Stevson
Admissions AssociateDeborah Edwards


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Nordic Skiing, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
DivingDrill Team,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
MarksmanshipNordic Skiing,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.41 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Band, Bowling, Chess, Choir, CHOOSE Group, Debate, Experimental Vehicle Team, Honor Guard/Color Guard, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Hockey

Club or Organization:
Audio/Visual, Bowling, CHOOSE Group, Clay Target Team, Crack Drill Squad, Debate, Experimental Vehicle Team, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, Honor Guard/Color Guard, Intramural Basketball, Knowledge Bowl, Language Clubs, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Newspaper, Peer Counseling, Quiz Bowl, Ranger Challenge, Rifle Team, Speech, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, VISTA Productions (drama)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Table Tennis

School Notes

Creating Life-long Values
  • For more than 130 years, the Saint Thomas Academy community of students, parents, faculty, and alumni has prepared young men in an environment influenced by the message of Jesus Christ to succeed in college and life. STA`s tradition, discipline, and spirit influence the life of a young man long after graduation.
Achieving Results
  • Our individualized system and rigorous curriculum requires our students to rise to the challenge and commit to their own education. We provide the tools necessary for your son to succeed and develop lifelong learning skills. At STA, our small class sizes allow him to have more one-on-one time with teachers. The average class includes 18 students, and we boast a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio. We believe your son deserves teachers who possess a comprehensive knowledge base in their fields-89% of our teachers hold a Masters or Ph.D.
Beyond High School
  • Our smaller classroom sizes and high standards of teaching ensure our students have access to any and all resources needed to succeed, both in and out of the classroom. As an all-boys college prep academy near St Paul, MN, we`re able to offer targeted material using the methods that work best for teaching young men.
Our statistics speak for themselves:
  • 98% take the ACT (state average: 69%)
  • 100% accepted to post-secondary colleges and universities
  • 99% go on to a four-year institution
  • 1% choose a two-year college, junior hockey, or other unique opportunities

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School Reviews

This school is truly something special. The bond that you will create with all of your fellow classmates is nothing short of true brotherhood. The teachers really get to know each student, and challenge them individually. The teachers are required to stay in their classrooms from the end of school (2:45) til 3:15, for tutoring, and extracurriculars don't start until 3:30 so that students can attend tutoring. Students are pushed not only as students but as individuals, to develop into manhood and reach their full potential, long after they graduate. The school partners with companies to give graduates internships in their fields, and the experience they need. Because of the all boy environment, there is no ''popular group'' and every student can find something they are interested in through sports, clubs and activities; and are pushed to leave their comfort zone and discover who they are as a person. Students come from all over, wisconsin to orono, and from all views and walks of life. If you are worried about tuition, the school gives a ton of grants. I remember reading that about 1/3 of the students have financial aid. I would highly recommend sending your son to STA.
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The average private school tuition in Saint Paul, MN is $5,082 for elementary schools and $13,892 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Saint Paul, MN is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).