St. Thomas School

  • At St. Thomas School, we believe our students will change the world.
  • We believe our mission to develop responsible citizens of a global society is more important than ever before.
  • We believe that learners and leaders must exemplify strength of character, academic excellence, and community engagement.
  • St. Thomas School is for those families that value leadership, character, and community as essential components of their child's education.

School News

  • STS Teachers Named Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts - 10/01/2018 - STS is in the news again as seven of our teachers have been named Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts.
  • How the PreK - 8 Model Benefits Middle Schoolers - 03/07/2017 - Recent research indicates that a pre-k 8 school structure could be the best way to create the supportive school environment that middle schoolers need during the challenging tween years. ...moreThe study shows that sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders do better in school, feel safer and have a stronger sense of belonging in K 8 schools when compared to traditional 6 8 middle schools or 6 12 schools.hide
  • ParentMap Publishes Article by Dr. Wheeler - 09/04/2018 - 11 Things Your Child's Principal Wants You to Know

    With nearly 35 years in educational leadership roles, I've partnered with many parents, coached dozens of teachers, developed hundreds of ...moreschool policies, mentored other school leaders and worked through countless challenging moments. I've learned a lot along the way!hide
  • St. Thomas School Continues Partnership with Microsoft - 09/18/2018 - St. Thomas School (STS), a private school in Medina for preschool through eighth-grade students, has been recognized for the sixth year as a Microsoft Showcase School.
  • STS 8th Grader Featured in 425 Magazine - 06/01/2018 - STS 8th grader Sophie Sharp has a passion for girls education and, as part of her 8th grade service learning project, has single-handedly planned a 5K run in support of ...moreRwanda Girls Initiative. hide
  • Why Tomorrow's Leaders Need Character Education - 01/23/2017 - At St. Thomas School, character is one of the three pillars of our school, along with curriculum and community. We define character by a set of core virtues: gratitude, responsibility, ...morerespect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance and generosity.hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1951
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCost varies by program.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students343 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies by grade levels. 2-Day Preschool: $8,960 3-Day Preschool: $11,550 5-Day Preschool & PreKindergarten: $16,120 Kindergarten: $28,090 Grades 1-4: $29,320 Grades 5-8: $30,600
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$17,665
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorEmily Honig
Admissions AssociateNancy Hunter


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Cooking Classes, Falcon's Ledge Middle School Club, Robotics, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Drama, Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons

School Notes

  • Founded in 1951, STS is one of the most established independent schools in Washington state and features a highly regarded curriculum that prepares students to excel at future endeavors while honoring the school`s long-standing core values. STS sets students up for success and its graduates are consistently accepted to outstanding secondary education programs.
  • STS tailors the preschool through 8th grade journey for students through its personalized learning model by identifying their strengths, areas for growth, personal passions, and aspirations.  As a Microsoft Showcase School, technology is woven into every grade and every subject by leveraging innovative learning tools, including a 1:1 laptop program, collaboration tools such as Office 365 and interactive white boards, and the school`s LEED Gold Certified campus. 
  • St. Thomas School`s focus on character permeates school life all day, every day. We nurture students` character and spiritual intelligence in accordance to our core virtues: gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. We commit to character education, guiding our students to have a deep appreciation and awareness for all those around them, so that they may learn to live, lead, and serve with integrity, generosity, and compassion. At STS, our educational journey addresses the holistic needs of children, academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.    
  • Teachers, administration, staff, parents, and students are all in the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills every day. We work hard to nurture a learning environment in which ALL members of the school feel secure in taking risks, asking questions, and exploring new alternatives.

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