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.

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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%
Students by Grade St. Thomas School Student By Grade

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: $9,270 3-Day Preschool: $11,940 5-Day Preschool: $16,670 PreKindergarten: $17,390 Kindergarten: $30,290 Grades 1-4: $31,110 Grades 5-8: $32,990
% 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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
We have two kids at St. Thomas School and so far our experience at this school has been extraordinary. Our older one(now in 2nd grade) joined the school in Kindergarten where most of the kids in the class have known each other for a few years already. She didn't feel left out instead the teacher and the students have all made sure to help her transition into this new environment. The school curriculum is designed to help the students develop their own characters in this warm community. We feel that our kids are not only thriving academically, but their social emotions, their relationships with other students and teachers and their daily needs are also being looked after day in and day out. We are so thrilled that we joined this big family and we recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded independent school for their kids.
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Absolutely incredibly school. Three years ago we conducted a tremendous amount of research on private schools within a 50-mile radius of Seattle. My husband went on countless tours and after attending an Open House at St. Thomas School he knew in his heart that he had found the right place for our children. Two academic years later there are a great number of reasons why we continue to feel St. Thomas School is the best place for our sons. Firstly, I believe that the STS guiding principals continue to have a great impact on our sons. The school's dedication to the development of the "whole child" has help shape their understanding of ethics and morality. I have found that there is a philosophical and moral code that runs deep through the students, faculty, and administration. I also firmly believe the STS community demonstrates that above all else it is important to be a good person. Secondly, the faculty and staff at St. Thomas School embrace the differences in students and are dedicated to understanding how each child learns. Our younger son currently attends Kindergarten in the Early Learning Center and we appreciate that the teachers support learning through exploration. Through our two years in the ELC we have seen found-object galleries, alphabet and reading/phonics artwork, and cooking projects; since our son has a tendency to retain knowledge through hands-on experiences, we feel the schools current ELC curriculum supports our son's learning-style through many tactile-based opportunities. Lastly, I deeply appreciate the value St. Thomas School places in leadership, stewardship, and community and demonstrates true dedication by holding Chapel every morning. Chapel offers our sons the unique opportunities to learn the value of teamwork, open discussions, group consensus, healthy opposition, and most importantly, leadership in service of others. I wholeheartedly believe that the experience of Chapel has made a lasting and eternally positive impression on our children. We believe this modality of fellowship is a wonderful way for young children to experience spirituality-based gatherings, public speaking, and companionship.
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We have been at this school for a few years now and absolutely love the environment and focus. We have seen our child thrive and build confidence here. The amazing teachers are truly invested in learning and knowing your whole child. Additionally, the school provides many leadership opportunities for all children. Also, there is a strong emphasis on building public speaking skills at an early age.
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Our three children (7th, 5th and 2nd Graders) are all currently at St. Thomas School and are thriving. Each and every day they are excited to go to school, to learn and to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Their love of learning is infectious. The quality of the faculty at STS is second to none, and each member of staff's dedication to the children, their learning and their environment is unparalleled. The dining program is a particular highlight - freshly prepared and cooked food each day, catering for all food intolerances, allergies and requirements - with a focus on 'adventure bites' when trying something new for the first time, and quality 'brain' food for all the children. The new building with bring state of the art sports, music and theater facilities to the school, which will complement the academic rigor of the curriculum. Of particular importance to us with a rising 7th Grader is how the children are prepared for the high school application and admissions process. STS has a dedicated program for students with interview prep, SSAT test prep and counselling for students and parents.We love STS and recommend more highly.
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