St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School provides students with a curriculum that is stimulating, challenging and thought-provoking. Our primary goal is to prepare students to be life long learners that will encourage them to make and be the difference in the world of today. Our Catholic faith and values are always the center of our school and within our classrooms. The curriculum offers unique opportunities that allow students to learn through various methods and techniques. Elocution contests and lessons begin in Kindergarten. These lessons provide skills, awareness and methods that will encourage our students to speak purposefully and clearly. Our Science Lab Program turns into weekly field trips, as our students explore our beautiful sanctuary of animals. Our hands on approach to learning and exploring create an environment that is filled with rich experiences that promote questioning and a greater quest for knowledge. Teachers encourage students to seek opportunities outside of the classroom that help them further understand the world around them. From entering writing contests, to getting involved in local events, our curriculum and learning does not stop within our classroom, but is active where ever we go. St. Thomas the Apostle creates students that are eager to learn and eager to share. The teachers encourage and guide each student to reach their full potential, with love, care, and faith.
A Catholic and IB School
What makes our school unique from any other is that while instilling the IB philosophy, it continues to keep Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church at its center. The philosophy of IB is to create students that think internationally and are respectful of others. This is exactly what our Gospels teach us, to love others as ourselves. Through the IB program and the many other programs at our school, our goal is to develop the whole child. One that is committed to life-long learning and faith.
IB schools strive to instill a “Learner Profile”, or characteristics that students will exhibit in their learning. IB students at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School are. . .
- Inquirers. Students natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning.
- Thinkers. Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and solve complex problems.
- Communicators. Students receive and express ideas and information confidently with each other and in more than one language.
- Courageous. Students approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence to explore new ideas, roles, and learning strategies.
- Knowledgeable. Students have spent time in school exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
- Principled. They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness and justice.
- Caring. They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
- Open-Minded. They respect the views, values, and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and they are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
- Balanced. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and mental balance for one’s personal well-being.
- Reflective. Students analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.
The PYP Program is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the development of the whole child. With an international focus, it addresses the academic, social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs of students. The program elements include the learner profile, specific attitudes, a concept-driven curriculum, and the understanding that socially responsible actions are an integral part of the learning process.