The mission of St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School is to provide academic excellence permeated with Catholic Christian beliefs and practices.
By modeling Christian values, providing a current and enriched curriculum with the opportunities to live out the faith in acts of service, the child's development is encouraged.
The discipline and advantage of this solid academic program provided by the faculty and staff with the support and cooperation of the parish community will encourage students to attain their full potential.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $2,965
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
150 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code
Khaki/Navy pants or skirt with collared shirt on Mass day. Jeans, khaki/navy pants, or skirt with collared shirt all other days.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$2,965 for 1 child $5,050 for 2 children ​$6,490 for 3+ children Preschool is $610 per month per child: call the school for part-time rates.
Admissions Director
Lisa Doughan


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Speech Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Bucket Drumming, Choir

School Notes

  • What really sets St. Thomas apart?
  • First, to meet each child's particular needs, we provide differentiated instruction through small class sizes, schoolwide blocks of time for core instruction in reading and math, and additional time each day for extra reading and math instruction for students and with those needs. 
  • Second, many varied opportunities are available for a child to expand his or her interests.  Each week every child is given the opportunity for instruction in health, physical education, technology, and music.  Additionally, students in grades 4 through 8 may choose to participate in band and/or choir.  St. Thomas also offers many extracurricular activities beginning in 4th and/or 5th grade(s), such as cross country, track, basketball, volleyball, bucket drumming, and speech.  Our smaller size ensures that every child has the opportunity to try something new. 
  • Third, children are given many opportunities to go beyond themselves and "love their neighbor." Not only does this take place in the classroom and during recess, but it also manifests in some rather unique ways. For instance, older students "buddy-up" with younger students to provide a kind of mentoring for the youngers and allowing friendships to develop across grade levels.  Our students show their love for Christ and others each day by treating others with respect, working to their fullest ability, and helping one another as we strive to Live, Love, and Serve as Christ.
  • Fourth, students' relationship with their Creator is strengthened through daily religious instruction and schoolwide opening prayer every morning and classroom closing prayer each day, as well as weekly Mass and devotional time in our church.  While we emphasize the Catholic faith tradition, such encounters are offered in such a way as to make everyone feel comfortable. Our non-Catholic students feel right at home and even enjoy learning about Catholicism.
  • Last, but certainly not least, we recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we are happy to have the opportunity to partner with so many wonderfully engaged families.  We are also fortunate to benefit from the time, talent, and treasure our parish families provide, helping us continue thriving and serving our community. Such generous and loving support ensures that every St. Thomas student is provided a quality Christian formation. 
Source: Verified school update

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $2,965
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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