For generations what has set St. Thomas apart is its Catholic Basilian intellectual tradition, the cornerstone of an academic community where students are formed to become ethical leaders who create positive change.
The next incoming class of students who will emerge from the testing and application process enter St. Thomas as the school approaches its next dynamic moment, the much anticipated Joplin Campus expansion which will position St. Thomas to provide an unsurpassed college preparatory experience bringing academics, athletics and student life together, funded by the most robust capital campaign in STH’s 117-year history.
Vice principal Mary Criaco describes the current admissions process as more holistic than a quantification of ability.
“Academic performance and test scores are an obvious view of our prospective students, but we also look for the right fit for our culture,” Criaco said. “Our admissions team tries very hard to identify personal attributes and motivation for accomplishment. This is not simply a numbers game, so we read the essays, really look at their activities and recommendations. We want to unearth what draws them to St. Thomas. Plus, we want to attract families seeking a community which values educating the complete student as a collaborative mission, not a competitive one.”