Academics

Shaping Young Minds

St. Thomas High School is a well-established college preparatory that provides a caring, intellectually challenging learning atmosphere in which young men develop the tools necessary to become successful in their further studies and careers. Emphasis is placed on the students’ preparedness for an ever demanding and diverse world.

The St. Thomas community, which includes students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni, nourishes the faith of all its members. Together, and as individuals, members of the community share the responsibility of actively bearing Christ’s message to the society at large. Promotion of social justice and service to those in need stand at the core of this mission.

The faculty of St. Thomas is made up of professionals who demonstrate expertise, love and enthusiasm for their fields of study, while modeling Christian values in and outside of the classroom.

The faculty creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and openness, guiding each student to achieve his fullest potential. Expressing individual teaching styles within well-developed curricula, members of the faculty keep abreast of pedagogical and technological advances, continually incorporating these into their instruction.

Academic Information

  • The student's normal course load is seven.
  • To be eligible for honors courses, a student must meet established criteria and be recommended by the department.
  • All required courses must be passed in order to be eligible to return to St. Thomas the following year.
  • Students may not repeat a failed course during the regular school year. It must be made up in Summer School.
  • No credit will be recognized for courses taken in the summer unless they have been previously approved by the Assistant Principal.

Summer School

Review classes can be taken in summer school with approval and will become part of the school record, but grades will not be used for computing the grade point average or class rank. Summer school review courses do not change a student's GPA of the previous semester.

Failures

A student who fails to earn credit for a required course must acquire the credit in an approved summer school in order to return to St. Thomas the following year. The only exception to this is in full-year math and foreign language courses in which what is learned second semester builds on what is learned first semester. In this case, the first semester failing grade will be raised to 70 if the student earns a semester grade of 75 or better for the second semester. (Exceptions: Pre-Calculus and Advanced Pre-Calculus). All students are expected to develop and maintain good study habits. Students will strive to pass all courses. A student who fails more than one subject in a quarter will be ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities until the next report card.

Academic Concerns

To compute cumulative GPA, courses are distinguished according to their degree of difficulty, and grades are weighed according to the following criteria:

  • The actual percentage mark is used for Regular courses.
  • Seven percentage points are added to the percentage mark in Honors and AP courses.

St. Thomas Club Members - Average of 93.00, no grade below 78. Honor Roll Members - Average of 86.00, no grade below 78.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined at the end of seven semesters. The students with the highest ranking average and the second highest ranking average in January of their senior year will be declared Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. A student must have been in attendance at St. Thomas for at least five consecutive semesters in order to be declared Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

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