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Tuition

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $16,500. Tuition payments can be made annually, semi-annually or monthly. A non-refundable fee of $550 and a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit are due at the time of registration. Tuition for the upcoming year is set and announced in March.

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $16,500. Tuition payments can be made annually, semi-annually or monthly. A non-refundable fee of $550 and a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit are due at the time of registration. Tuition for the upcoming year is set and announced in March.

Tuition is invoiced and paid using the Smart Tuition website. Payment due dates are on the 1stof the month and late payments are subject to a $55 late fee, which is collected by Smart Tuition. Tuition, Advanced Placement fees, Visual Arts fees and graduation fees are posted to Smart Tuition. If you have any questions about your account please contact Smart Tuition at 888-868-8828. Other questions can be directed to Erica Pothier or Susan Krus in the Business Office at 713-864-6348.

Books are purchased new or used from MBSDirect for approximately $250-$750 yearly.
Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded annually to the top performing students in each grade level at St. Thomas High School.

St. Thomas High School has a long tradition of providing a Basilian Catholic education to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Basilian Fathers remain committed to assisting those families who may not be in a position to pay full tuition to attend St. Thomas. Each year, nearly one-third of our students receive academic scholarships or financial aid. Click here for information and deadlines for applying for financial aid.

For incoming freshmen, these merit scholarships are awarded for the first year based on a student's score(s) on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or ISEE Test. In following years, these academic scholarships are based on academic standing, attendance and discipline.

In addition, the Basilian Fathers at St. Thomas High School may award one scholarship to a qualified top student at each of the 12 archdiocesan designated inner-city Catholic schools listed below.

Assumption Catholic School
Holy Ghost School
Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School
Queen of Peace School
Resurrection School
St. Augustine School
St. Christopher School
St. Francis of Assisi School
St. Peter the Apostle School
St. Pius V School
Our Lady of Fatima – Galena Park

2016 Grade Level Book Lists and Required Summer Reading


 Purchasing Books

  • Online Bookstore – MBS Direct
    All required digital and print textbooks are sold through our online Virtual Bookstore, operated by MBS Direct.  We use a "Shop by Schedule" system (previously called FastPass) which will use your course schedule to select books for you. Click here to view the instructions for purchasing your books online using Shop by Schedule. All sales will be handled through MBSDirect. The MBSDirect customer service phone number is 800-325-3252.
  • EBOOKS
    Many of our textbooks are eBooks for use on the Windows tablets which will not need to be purchased before the beginning of school or before you have received your school issued tablet. These books will mostly be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore; however, some content will be made available through the teachers of specific courses or through other channels. You will receive instructions from St. Thomas about how to access your eBooks.
  • Outside Sources
    If you choose to purchase books from another source other than our official online bookstore, you must match the ISBN# to ensure that you have the correct editions, which can be found on the Grade Level Book Lists above.

    Please note that all workbooks, some novels and selected texts must be purchased new. Other books may be purchased used. Digital books (ebooks) and Digital/Print Combos must be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore in order to ensure the correct edition, unless otherwise noted.
  • Used Book Sale
    Each spring, the Eagle Shop hosts a Used Book Sale where students can buy and sell used textbooks. Date and Time will be announced.
 

Selling Your Books

  • Selling through MBS Direct
    Go to the MBSDirect virtual bookstore, log in by clicking the "Sell Your Books" button, and go through the process to print out a buyback quote.  Bring the buyback quote with you to the book sale, and we will box up your books and ship them back for you. After processing, you will receive a check in about two to three weeks.  If you print out a buyback quote but end up selling one or more of the books, you can still use this service to sell back theremaining books on the quote list.  Please note these condition requirements from MBSDirect. MBS will only buy back textbooks in good condition.
  • Selling through the STH Used Book Sale
    STH hosts a Used Book Sale each spring. Students are encouraged to bring textbooks that they are looking to sell as well as cash to buy books from others for next year.

If you have any questions regarding textbook issues, please send an email to Joshua Wilson at bookstore@sths.org.
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