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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

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

Book Club

Best Buddies

Chess Club

Billiards/Bowling Club

French Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Math Club

Environmental Club

Rocketry Club

Pre-Med Club

Quiz Bowl

Eagles for Life

Robotics

Student Council

Columbian Squires

Art Club

Eagle Ambassadors

Band

Eagle Broadcast News

Drama Club

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Latin Club

Math/Reading Aces

Spanish Club

Senior Leaders

Publications

St. Thomas Club

Model U.N.

 

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

Kenyon College

The University of Alabama

Miami University, Oxford

The University of West Alabama

The Ohio State University

Auburn University

University of Mount Union

Spring Hill College

Xavier University-Cincinnati





Arkansas

Oklahoma

University of Arkansas

Oklahoma State University



University of Oklahoma

Arizona

University of Tulsa

Arizona State University



The University of Arizona

Oregon



Oregon State University

California

University of Oregon

Loyola Marymount



Pepperdine University

Pennsylvania

Saint Mary's College of California

Allegheny College

Santa Clara University

Carnegie Mellon University

Santa Monica University

Gannon University

Stanford University

Penn State University, University Park

University of California, Berkeley

University of Pennsylvania

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Pittsburgh

University of Southern California

Saint Vincent College



Swarthmore College

Colorado

Villanova University

University of Colorado, Boulder



Colorado College

Rhode Island

Colorado School of Mines

Johnson and Wales University

Colorado State University



U.S. Air Force Academy

South Carolina

Western State Colorado University

Clemson University



University of South Carolina

District of Columbia



The George Washington University

South Dakota



South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Florida



Eckerd College

Tennessee

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Belmont University

University of Miami

Milligan College



Rhodes College

Georgia

Sewanee-University of the South

Georgia Institute of Technology 

Vanderbilt University

The University of Georgia





Texas

Illinois

Austin College

University of Chicago

Baylor University

Depaul University

Concordia University

Knox College

Dallas Baptist University

Loyola University-Chicago

University of Dallas

Roosevelt University

Houston Baptist University



University of Houston

Indiana

Lamar University

Ball State University

University of North Texas

DePauw University

Prairie View A&M Univeristy

University of Notre Dame

Rice University

Purdue University

Sam Houston State University



Schreiner University

Iowa

Southern Methodist University

Cornell College

Southwestern University

Grinnell College

St. Edward's University

Iowa State University

St. Mary's University of San Antonio

University of Iowa

University of St. Thomas



Stephen F. Austin State University

Kansas

Texas A&M University-College Station

Kansas State University

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi



Texas A&M University-Galveston

Louisiana

Texas A&M Univsersity-Kingsville

Louisiana State University

Texas Christian University

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Texas State University

Loyola University-New Orleans

Texas Tech University

Northwestern State University-Louisiana

The University of Texas-Arlington

Tulane University

The University of Texas-Austin

Xavier University of Louisiana

The University of Texas-Dallas

Maine

The University of Texas-El Paso

Bowdoin College

The University of Texas-San Antonio



Trinity University

Maryland

University of the Incarnate Word

Johns Hopkins University



University of Maryland, College Park

Virginia



Virginia Military Institute

Massachusetts

Virginia Tech

Babson College

University of Virginia

Boston College

Washington and Lee University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Northeastern University

Wisconsin

Tufts University

Marquette University



University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michigan



Hillsdale College

Wyoming



University of Wyoming

Minnesota



Carleton College

Canada

Hamline University

University of British Columbia



Carleton University-Ottawa

Mississippi



Millsaps College

Ireland

Mississippi State University

University College Cork

University of Mississippi

 
Tougaloo College

 


 
Missouri

 
Lindenwood University

 
Missouri Science & Technology

 
University of Missouri-Columbia

 
Saint Louis University

 
Southeast Missouri State University

 
Washington University-St. Louis

 


 
Nebraska

 
Creighton University

 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 
Nebraska Wesleyan University

 


 
New Jersey

 
Princeton University

 


 
New Mexico

 
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Tech

 
New Mexico State University

 


 
New York

 
Cornell University

 
Fordham University-Lincoln Center

 
Ithaca College

 
New York University

 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 
Rochester Institute of Technology

 
University of Rochester

 
St. Johns University-Queens

 
Syracuse University

 
The New School-Eugene Lang College

 
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

 
U.S. Military Academy

 


 
North Carolina

 
Duke University

 
Elon University

 
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

 


 
North Dakota

 
University of North Dakota

 


 
Ohio

 
Cleveland Institute of Art

 
Denison University

 
Franciscan University of Stubenville

 



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