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St. Thomas the Apostle is a school where all children, Pre-K through eighth grade can grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially in a Catholic environment.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 307 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,275
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

St. Thomas The Apostle ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1886
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost
$900
Summer Program Cost Notes
$50 registration fee
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
307 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
93%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. Thomas The Apostle Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size
19 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Uniform)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2021-22 Pre-K Tuition: $6,900
Admissions Director
Mary Alice Howard
Admissions Associate
Tareema Jean-Baptiste

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

School Notes

Mission Statement
The mission of the St. Thomas the Apostle School community is to lead, challenge and encourage God`s Children in Extraordinary Variety as they grow in faith, knowledge, and commitment to service.

Root Beliefs of St. Thomas the Apostle School
Faith Is Our Foundation
What Makes Us Different Makes Us Great
Learning Is Exercise
Every Minute Matters
Challenges Are Opportunities
We Are A Family

Philosophy
St. Thomas the Apostle School believes that childhood is the most critical period for the development of attitudes, habits, capabilities, and skills, and that the curriculum encompasses all that a child experiences in his life at school.

The purpose of the school is to create a faith-filled environment. The pastor, principal, staff, teachers, parents, and other community members lay the foundation for a love of learning, instill a sense of personal worth and respect for others, and develop critical thinking skills so that our children can grow to be responsible and practicing citizens. We endeavor to develop a community of learners where respect, collaboration and excitement for learning prevail. Quality Catholic education is provided for students in preschool through eighth grade in a caring and family atmosphere.

The main components of the educational program are:
  • Embracing a faith to be lived within a believing community.
  • Developing Christian attitudes and habits as a contributing and supporting member of a diverse community
  • Acquiring essential knowledge, skills and techniques with the stimulus of practical application.
  • Integrating technology skills and applications.
  • Encouraging creativity and self-expression.
  • Promoting each student`s personal academic, artistic, and athletic gifts and talents.
  • Nurturing each child to help balance their physical, intellectual, social, emotional and ethical development as a whole person.
  • Promoting leadership as a service to others.
Vision
St. Thomas the Apostle School is a center of academic excellence where students` spiritual, moral and character development is nurtured.  Students are educated in a supportive learning community that demands their best each and every day.

St. Thomas the Apostle School provides a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum grounded in the Catholic faith and Christian values.

Partnering with parents and the entire St. Thomas the Apostle Parish community, enhances our distinctive curriculum that is focused on preparing students to succeed as life-long learners with 21st century skills.  All are committed to working together to ensure that each student understands what it means to live their faith and use their talents as responsible citizens in stewardship to others and the world.
Profile last updated: 02/03/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
We are extremely pleased with STA. A warm nurturing environment for my curious Preschooler is what I was looking for. Her teacher and the administration have been great.
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Saint Thomas the Apostle has been an excellent choice for my 6th grader. The school has outstanding leadership and devoted, skilled teachers. The emphasis on values is terrific. My child has been thriving at this school!
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5  
This school has experienced a true renaissance. I can't be more pleased with the teachers, principle, and acadmics. They have a great after school enrichment programs too. Highly recommend.
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5  
We do have a new website and it is www.stapostleschool.com. STa is a great school, you and your children would love it here feel free to come on a visit any day, all our welcome!
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I am a parent at St.Thomas the Apostle. My boys have become young men with the faith based family atmosphere at the school. The teachers are always improving their craft throughout the school year. The extracurricular activities at the school are wonderful. There is something for everyone. They have a Theater Club. Romeo and Juliet this year in April. We pair up with students from the University of Chicago throughout the year.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 307 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,275
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Chicago, IL is $9,758 for elementary schools and $16,841 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chicago, IL is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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