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St. Thomas High School, a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men (9-12), was founded in 1900 by the Basilian Fathers in the downtown area of Houston. In 1940, the campus was moved to its present location at the corner of Memorial Drive and Shepherd, approximately two miles west of down-town. The enrollment at St. Thomas is not restricted by specific geographic boundaries; hence, its central location makes it easily accessible to all.

MISSION

Teaching Goodness,Discipline and Knowledge is the tradition of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of St. Thomas. These three words permeate the STH experience for students, faculty, and families. Throughout the four years of high school, STH boys grow to men who think critically, communicate effectively, serve faithfully, and are prepared to excel in college and in life. Our students follow a long tradition of men who are recognized in their communities and workplaces for their strong work ethic, self-discipline,and leadership.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

St.Thomas High School is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, under the aegis of the Texas Education Agency and AdvancEd, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Memberships include the National Catholic Education Association, the College Board, Texas Association for College Admissions Counseling, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

ADMISSIONS

Admission to St. Thomas is selective and based on competitive entrance exam scores, essays, strong prior academic record, and teacher recommendations. However, in seeking a socio-economically and ethnically diverse population, the Basilian fathers strive to make a STH education accessible to all young men who express the desire, motivation, and stamina to meet the demands of an intensive and challenging college preparatory curriculum. As an aid to those students who may come from an academically challenged background, STH puts into place strong academic programming and student assistance personnel to ensure academic success. To further support the Basilian educational philosophy, St. Thomas students rally each year to support tuition assistance through the school’s largest yearly fundraiser, Round Up. This event raises over a half million dollars annually earmarked solely for student financial aid which provides assistance to over 30% of STH students who could not otherwise afford to attend STH.

ST. THOMAS ENROLLMENT

The student body is representative of the city of Houston and students come from 126+ zip codes with some students traveling over an hour to and from school each day.



Total Enrollment (9-12):

777

African-American/Black:

7%

Grade 12:

191

Asian:

6%

Grade 11:

181

Hispanic:

24%

Grade 10:

217

All Others:

63%

Grade 9:

188

   
Full-Time Faculty:

60

Student to Faculty Ratio:

14:1



COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM

St. Thomas High School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. In addition to academics,students are required to complete 100 hours of service in the community by the end of senior year. The purpose of the St. Thomas Service Program is to answer the Gospel call to serve one another,especially those who are most vulnerable in our society. By serving others, every St. Thomas student will put into practice the principles of the Catholic Social Teaching. While the service program is an obligation for each student, we believe the experience will be a rewarding one. Students are encouraged to view this as away to serve God's people and learn from the experience. In the end, our hope is that they will feel compelled and eager to serve for the rest of their life.


ADMINISTRATION

President

Rev. Kevin Storey,C.S.B.

Principal

Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B.

Assistant Principal

Christine Westman

Dean of Students

Tim Clarkson

Director of Admissions

Keith Page

Taffy Daussin






COUNSELING

Director of Counseling

Debbie Cogan

Juniors, N-Z
Seniors, Mj-Z 

Debbie.Cogan@sths.org


College Counselor

Lisa Hart

Juniors, H-M
Seniors, Df-Mi 

Lisa.Hart@sths.org



College Counselor

Michael Lesher 

Juniors, A-G
Seniors, A-De 

Michael.Lesher@sths.org



Counselor

Iris Spells

Freshmen, L-Z
Sophomores, L-Z

Iris.Spells@sths.org

Counselor

Robin Wagner

Freshmen, A-K
Sophomores, A-K

Robin.Wagner@sths.org



ADVANCED/HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES



St. Thomas High School offers 22 courses designated advanced or honors and 13 AP courses. Students cannot self-elect to take advanced classes and instead must meet strict pre-requisite grades and have faculty recommendation to enroll in these competitive courses. Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the corresponding AP exams. All advanced/honor courses are designated by their difficulty and grades are weighted for computation, along with AP courses, and receive an additional 7 point weight calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA.

ADVANCED/HONORS COURSES

Advanced English I, II

Advanced Biology

Advanced Geometry

Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Pre-Calculus

Advanced Spanish I, II, III

Advanced Algebra/Geometry

Advanced Latin I, II, III, IV

Advanced Algebra II

Advanced French III, IV

Advanced Economics

Advanced Java I, II

Advanced W. Hist./Geo. I, II

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES


English Language

English Literature

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

U.S. Government

French Language

U.S. History

Spanish Language

Biology

Music Theory

Chemistry

Physics I, II




Note: As testament to our philosophy of a rigorous education for all students, it should be noted that the following classes,although designated as regular or elective courses, use a college-level textbook: Biology, Geology, Oceanography, U.S. in Conflict, U.S.in World Affairs, and Pre-Calculus.



NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - CLASS OF 2015

Commended

6

National Hispanic Scholar

4



Standardized Testing

     
SAT Summary

2016

2015

2014

Seniors taking test

124

126

150

Critical Reading (mid 50%)

520-650

530-630

510-620

Math (mid 50%)

550-670

530-660

540-650

Writing (mid 50%)

500-630

510-620

500-610

Total

1580-1930

1600-1890

1580-1840

       
ACT Summary

2016

2015

2014

Seniors taking test

159

146

159

English (mid 50%)

22-29

22-29

22-28

Math (mid 50%)

23-28

23-28

23-28

Reading (mid 50%)

23-31

23-31

21-30

Science Reasoning (mid 50%)

23-28

22-28

22-27

Composite (mid 50%)

23-29

23-29

23-28




ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION RESULTS - 2015


Number of students tested

134

Number of exams administered

312

   
Percent scoring 3 or higher

82%

Percent scoring 4 or higher

57%

Percent scoring 5

22%

AP Scholars

36

AP Scholars with Honors

12

AP Scholars with Distinction

16

AP National AP Scholar

1




SAT Subject Test Scores (Class of 2015)

   
  Middle 50%

Students Tested

Biology-Molecular

570-690

2

Chemistry

590-740

9

English Literature

510-510

1

Korean w/Listening

800-800

1

Math Level 1

600-730

7

Physics

610-740

3

Spanish

590-680

3

U.S. History

580-740

10

World History

510-510-

1






The St. Thomas Class of 2015 Post Graduation



Size of Graduating Class

156

Public

62%

Post Graduate Placement

100%

Private

32%

4-year colleges/universities

95.5%

Military Academies

1.5%

2-year colleges

4.5%

Out of State

34%

Rank and GPA 

St. Thomas High School does not rank its students. A grade point average is calculated on a 100-point scale with 7 bonus points given for courses marked as Advanced, Honors, or AP. The GPA is weighted and cumulative from the ninth grade. PE is not calculated into the GPA. Courses failed during the school year must be made up at STH to regain credit. However, the summer school grades are not re-calculated into the GPA.

GRADING SCALE

Letter Grade

GPA (weighted)

4.0 Conversion

A

>100.00-90.00

4.70-4.00

B

89.00-80.00

3.90-3.00

C

79.00-75.00

2.90-2.00

D

74.00-70.00

1.90-1.00

F

<70.00

0




Class of 2016 GPA Distribution (6th semester weighted)

97 and above

90-96

89-86

85-80

79 and below

12.04%

14.66%

18.85%

29.84%

24.61%



Graduation Requirements (28 credits are required for graduation):


English

4.0 credits

Mathematics

4.0 credits

Science

4.0 credits

Social Studies

4.0 credits

Theology

4.0 credits

Foreign Language

2.0 credits

Speech

0.5 credits

Fine Arts

1.0 credits

Physical Education

1.0 credits

Health

0.5 credits

Computer Technology 

1.0 credits

Additional Electives

2.0 credits



STH SPORTS AND ORGANIZATIONS


Clubs:

Debate/Forensics

Art Club

Book Club

Columbian Squires

Best Buddies

Band

Chess Club

Eagle Ambassadors

Billiards/Bowling Club

Drama Club

French Club

Eagle Broadcast News

Ultimate Frisbee

Latin Club

Math Club

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Environmental Club

Spanish Club

Rocketry Club

Math/Reading Aces

Pre-Med Club

Publications

Quiz Bowl

Senior Leaders

Eagles for Life

Model U.N.

Robotics

St. Thomas Club

Student Council

     
National Honor Society (induction into the STH Chapter requires that student maintain a 92+ GPA throughout their tenure in NHS, demonstrate the highest levels of service and leadership, and exemplify characteristics of the STH motto Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge)



Sports:


Baseball

Basketball

Cross Country

Football

Golf

Wrestling

Lacrosse

Rugby

Soccer

Swimming

Tennis

Track




COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ST. THOMAS GRADUATES HAVE ATTENDED FROM 2011-2015


Alabama

Maine

Kenyon College

The University of Texas-El Paso

The University of Alabama

Bowdoin College

Miami University, Oxford

The University of Texas-San Antonio

The University of West Alabama

  The Ohio State University

Trinity University

Auburn University

Maryland

University of Mount Union

University of the Incarnate Word

Spring Hill College

Johns Hopkins University

Xavier University-Cincinnati

 
  University of Maryland, College Park

  Virginia

Arkansas

  Oklahoma

Virginia Military Institute

University of Arkansas

Massachusetts

Oklahoma State University

Virginia Tech

  Babson College

University of Oklahoma

University of Virginia

Arizona

Boston College

University of Tulsa

Washington and Lee University

Arizona State University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

   
The University of Arizona

Northeastern University

Oregon

Wisconsin

  Tufts University

Oregon State University

Marquette University

California

  University of Oregon

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Loyola Marymount

Michigan

   
Pepperdine University

Hillsdale College

Pennsylvania

Wyoming

Saint Mary's College of California

  Allegheny College

University of Wyoming

Santa Clara University

Minnesota

Carnegie Mellon University

 
Santa Monica University

Carleton College

Gannon University

Canada

Stanford University

Hamline University

Penn State University, University Park

University of British Columbia

University of California, Berkeley

  University of Pennsylvania

Carleton University-Ottawa

University of California, Santa Barbara

Mississippi

University of Pittsburgh

 
University of Southern California

Millsaps College

Saint Vincent College

Ireland

  Mississippi State University

Swarthmore College

University College Cork

Colorado

University of Mississippi

Villanova University

 
University of Colorado, Boulder

Tougaloo College

   
Colorado College

  Rhode Island

 
Colorado School of Mines

Missouri

Johnson and Wales University

 
Colorado State University

Lindenwood University

   
U.S. Air Force Academy

Missouri Science & Technology

South Carolina

 
Western State Colorado University

University of Missouri-Columbia

Clemson University

 
  Saint Louis University

University of South Carolina

 
District of Columbia

Southeast Missouri State University

   
The George Washington University

Washington University-St. Louis

South Dakota

 
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

 
Florida

Nebraska

   
Eckerd College

Creighton University

Tennessee

 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Belmont University

 
University of Miami

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Milligan College

 
    Rhodes College

 
Georgia

New Jersey

Sewanee-University of the South

 
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Princeton University

Vanderbilt University

 
The University of Georgia

     
  New Mexico

Texas

 
Illinois

New Mexico Institute of Mining & Tech

Austin College

 
University of Chicago

New Mexico State University

Baylor University

 
Depaul University

  Concordia University

 
Knox College

New York

Dallas Baptist University

 
Loyola University-Chicago

Cornell University

University of Dallas

 
Roosevelt University

Fordham University-Lincoln Center

Houston Baptist University

 
  Ithaca College

University of Houston

 
Indiana

New York University

Lamar University

 
Ball State University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of North Texas

 
DePauw University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Prairie View A&M Univeristy

 
University of Notre Dame

University of Rochester

Rice University

 
Purdue University

St. Johns University-Queens

Sam Houston State University

 
  Syracuse University

Schreiner University

 
Iowa

The New School-Eugene Lang College

Southern Methodist University

 
Cornell College

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Southwestern University

 
Grinnell College

U.S. Military Academy

St. Edward's University

 
Iowa State University

  St. Mary's University of San Antonio

 
University of Iowa

North Carolina

University of St. Thomas

 
  Duke University

Stephen F. Austin State University

 
Kansas

Elon University

Texas A&M University-College Station

 
Kansas State University

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

 
    Texas A&M University-Galveston

 
Louisiana

North Dakota

Texas A&M Univsersity-Kingsville

 
Louisiana State University

University of North Dakota

Texas Christian University

 
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

  Texas State University

 
Loyola University-New Orleans

Ohio

Texas Tech University

 
Northwestern State University-Louisiana

Cleveland Institute of Art

The University of Texas-Arlington

 
Tulane University

Denison University

The University of Texas-Austin

 
Xavier University of Louisiana

Franciscan University of Stubenville

The University of Texas-Dallas

 



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