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St. Thomas More Catholic School uses a 1:1 model, providing each student with a school-owned iPad to use as a learning tool. Our curriculum is tailored to help students master developmental tasks and gain competency through a variety of activities, materials, and interactive learning experiences. Concepts are taught using sensory experiences to engage students.

Spanish, Art, Music, PE & Health and Technology 

To ensure a comprehensive education for every child, each grade level is provided with instruction in Spanish, Art, Music, PE & Health, and Technology. All subjects are thoughtfully integrated and tailored to be age-appropriate. Learn more 




Language Arts & Reading

Kindergarten is the beginning of the formative level of education. Children are in the 'learning to read' phase of their academic development. This is a critical time when students actively develop a strong literacy foundation. Utilizing a structured literacy approach, which is based on the Science of Reading, our kindergarten students receive direct, explicit instruction. This instruction has a multi-faceted emphasis on print concepts; phonological and phonemic awareness; phonics and word study; fluency; spelling and handwriting; along with reading comprehension skills and vocabulary development.

Social Emotional Learning

Our Social Emotional Learning program, rooted in Catholic virtues and gospel teachings, emphasizes character and emotional intelligence skills. Through the lens of scripture, students are taught to navigate their emotions and relationships, thereby creating a nurturing environment that aligns with Catholic values.


There is a concentrated and gradual focus on all Kindergarten level math concepts, such as number sense, counting, patterning, and operations including addition and subtraction, as well as problem solving, measurement, and data. Our goal is to prepare students for the progressive application of these concepts in first grade.


In Kindergarten, the emphasis on science aims to enhance students' scientific and critical thinking skills. This is achieved through learning activities that cover basic concepts and investigations. These include ecosystem relationships and life cycles, weather and climate, and elements of engineering. Additionally, our program integrates the STEAM club, where students collaborate with 8th-grade buddies.

Social Studies

Social Studies in Kindergarten explores historical knowledge by studying the self, others, rules, needs and wants, as well as different cultures. This approach broadens students' understanding of the past and present, fostering a sense of interconnectedness with the world around them.


Handwriting is integrated daily within our phonics instruction program. Kindergarten focuses on correct letter formation and the practice of both lowercase and uppercase letters.


Faith formation is seamlessly integrated into the Kindergarten curriculum, as the Catholic faith guides all subject areas. Students learn about God, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the life of Jesus through prayer, liturgy, and acts of service. This integration fosters a deep connection between their academic and spiritual development. In our learning, we see God’s hand at work.




Art education is an integral part of the K-8 curriculum at St. Thomas More. Our program enriches the educational experience by nurturing creativity and stimulating students' imaginations. Through exploring a variety of art materials, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They grow in respect for the similarities and differences in artistic expression found across various time periods, cultures, and world-views. This understanding is deepened by studying artworks from prehistoric, historic, contemporary, and futuristic periods




Sixth grade marks the first year of middle school for students at St. Thomas More. During this time, students gain independence and develop executive functioning skills as they navigate specialized classes. With teacher support, they experience growth and are set up for continued success throughout middle school and into high school.


Academically, seventh grade represents a transition to more complex subjects and an increased workload. Students in this grade level enhance their organizational skills, engage in more critical thinking, and develop a deeper understanding of historical events and scientific concepts. The curriculum also introduces more specialized areas such as world geography, providing students with a broader perspective on the interconnectedness of global events.


Eighth grade students are leaders in our school community. They take the lead in morning assemblies each day, conduct monthly STEAM club activities for younger grades, and engage with their Kindergarten buddies, setting an example through their actions. These students continue to hone their skills in responsible service, treating others with Christian kindness, and embracing learning as a lifelong journey.



In the 6th grade, students master fractions, decimals, and ratios, cultivating critical thinking and collaboration skills in the process. They explore basic geometry concepts and are introduced to expressions, equations, algebraic concepts, and statistical analysis. This approach fosters independent thinking and collaborative working, encouraging students to take ownership of their learning journey and laying the groundwork for advanced mathematical concepts in 7th and 8th grade and beyond.


In 7th grade, the curriculum builds on the skills acquired in 6th grade, with an intensified focus on integers and proportional relationships. Students delve into geometric figures, probability, and operations with rational numbers, continuing to enhance their problem-solving skills and establishing a solid foundation for Algebra.


Eighth grade math shifts the focus to Algebra, covering linear functions, polynomials, quadratic functions, systems of equations, and inequalities. Students further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, deepening their algebraic reasoning. Some students may progress through the Algebra curriculum at an accelerated pace.

Language Arts

STM’s Middle School Language Arts curriculum is crafted to cultivate a deep appreciation for literature, language, and effective communication. Students delve into a diverse range of literary genres, sharpening their analytical and critical thinking skills through close reading and thoughtful discussion. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on writing proficiency, guiding students in composing well-structured essays, creative works, and research projects. By weaving language skills together with Catholic values, the curriculum strives to empower students to express their thoughts eloquently and engage with the world around them in a meaningful way.


During middle school science, students integrate core ideas with scientific and engineering practices, along with crosscutting concepts, to develop practical knowledge. This approach enables them to explain real-world phenomena across various disciplines, including physical, biological, and earth and space sciences.

Social Studies

The 6th-grade Social Studies curriculum covers world history, geography, economics, and global connections. It focuses on exploring ancient civilizations from around the world, including world religions, migration patterns, and cultures both past and present.


The 7th-grade Social Studies curriculum is crafted to provide students with a rich understanding of history, geography, and global cultures. Students engage in a chronological exploration of key historical events, developing a sense of continuity and change over time. They also hone critical thinking skills by analyzing primary and secondary sources, which fosters a deeper understanding of historical narratives. Additionally, the curriculum encourages exploration of the interconnections between societies, promoting an appreciation for cultural diversity and global perspectives. The aim is to equip students with a well-rounded knowledge of the past, preparing them to be informed and engaged citizens.


In 8th-grade, the Social Studies curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of American history and government. Students delve into key events, documents, and figures, gaining a nuanced perspective on the nation's development. The curriculum emphasizes civic education, guiding students to understand the principles of democracy and encouraging active participation in civic life. It also explores the social and cultural aspects of American history, fostering appreciation for the diverse experiences that have shaped the nation. Ultimately, the curriculum prepares 8th graders with the knowledge and skills necessary to be informed, responsible, and engaged citizens.


Middle School religion content at St. Thomas More is thoughtfully structured, with Grade 6 studying the Story of Salvation as presented in the Old Testament. Grade 7 delves into the Life of Jesus through the Books of the Gospel. In Grade 8, students explore the foundations and traditions of our Faith, as evidenced throughout Church History, starting with the early Church foundations found in the Acts of the Apostles. Across these grades, there is also a strong emphasis on the tenets of the Catholic Faith, including the virtues, the sacraments, and the Commandments. Additionally, the Theology of the Body, as introduced by Pope St. John Paul II, is interwoven throughout the academic year.


The middle school technology program at STM integrates a 1:1 iPad initiative and covers a diverse range of topics. Students explore mixed media projects, delve into 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence, learn coding skills, and focus on digital citizenship. The program also includes hands-on experience with vinyl cutting. Additionally, students have the opportunity to create their own swag. This dynamic curriculum is further enhanced by the addition of new desktop computers in our newly equipped computer lab, which features an interactive View Board.

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Our program includes support for preparing students for their next academic journey - high school. We start every school year off with High School Info day and from there we guide students and families through the process.


Our program includes support to prepare students for their next academic journey: high school. We kick off every school year with a High School Info Day, from which point we guide students and families through the process.


In today's rapidly evolving digital era, it's paramount for our young minds to be equipped not only with technological prowess but with emotional intelligence and awareness of the vast career landscapes available.

Mental Health Workshop

These expert-led sessions delve deep into understanding emotions, stress management, peer pressure, and the importance of mental well-being.

Digital Citizenship Workshop

 In an age where the online world is as tangible as the physical one, our digital citizenship modules teach the nuances of online etiquette, safety, and responsible technology use.

Career Day Insights

We explore the myriad of career options available. From AI specialists to environmentalists, our career days provide a glimpse into future possibilities, motivating students to dream big and aim high.



Through an integrated STEAM curriculum, students will reason with evidence, problem-solve with creativity and persistence, and collaborate within and beyond the school community. 

OUR STEAM Areas of Focus

  • Strengthening our STEAM Identity 

  • Implementation of NGSS and Vertical articulation of resources

  • Building Partnerships

How We Are Strengthening Our STEAM Identity

  • Monthly STEAM Club experiences in grades k-4

  • Annual Schoolwide STEAM Challenges

  • STM Science Circus led by 7th and 8th graders

  • STEAM Career exposure throughout the grades





St. Thomas More Catholic School strives to meet the needs of all learners and provide inclusive education to the best of our ability with the support of our Learning Resource Program. STM’s initial screening and benchmark assessments include STAR Enterprise from Renaissance Learning and DIBELS NEXT (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills). 

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