The benchmark of Saint Thomas the Apostle School is its proud tradition as a Catholic institution. Our focus is not only on academically educating our students but also on developing each child to the fullest extent socially, emotionally, and spiritually. In a religious atmosphere, based upon the Gospel, we strive to create a strong sense of self-awareness and respect for each other. This helps to eliminate the boundaries stereotyped by race, religion, social, or economic classifications. Our mission is to inspire and nourish our students with Catholic tradition in a program focused on the life and teaching of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through numerous liturgical events during the school year that our mission to foster academic excellence and moral character is achieved.
Saint Thomas faculty and staff hope to help our students realized what the real spirit of Christian community can do for each other. Through support, respect, and a spirit of cooperation, the faculty and staff are committed to demonstrating a positive Christian presence. Here at Saint Thomas, our programs are structured to meet most of the problem solving and reasoning skills needed in social and academic situations. The faculty and staff provide strategies and learning techniques to help develop a responsible, independent learner. At Saint Thomas the Apostle, the faculty always welcomes the principal to oversee the activities and techniques that they use in their classrooms. The faculty strives to be open minded with the principal’s recommendation to further better the learning environment.
We also meet the social and physical needs of the students at Saint Thomas the Apostle School. Through community organizations and school activities, social interaction is promoted. Physical development is fostered daily throughout our various programs and activities. In addition, good health habits and hygiene are encouraged.
Through the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the basic school policies are determined at Saint Thomas the Apostle. The principal, in cooperation wit the faculty and pastor, applies and implements the policies necessary for the safety and welfare of our school community. Curriculum committees from the Archdiocese develop the curriculum by specific subjects. Guidelines given by these committees are the fundamentals for what is taught in the classroom. At Saint Thomas the Apostle, the curriculum coordinator clarifies the educational policies and keeps the faculty up to date on changes and recommendations within their specific subject. Saint Thomas employs many different assessment strategies to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each student and the overall effectiveness of the programs in the school.
Guided by the knowledge that we are role models, the faculty of Saint Thomas the Apostle constantly strives to reflect a positive Christian image. As the faculty, we are committed to developing a Catholic conscience in each student and fostering a thirst for knowledge that will remain with the students for a lifetime. In so doing, we foster a cooperative relationship with the parents. The faculty at Saint Thomas the Apostle support and respect each other as well as the parents in our shared ministry. We are wholeheartedly aware that our mission is one of faith, hope, and love steeped in our Catholic values.