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As a college preparatory high school for young men, we are able to develop our curriculum and create an environment tailored to the needs and interests of our students. As a man of St. Thomas, you will be able to explore and experience the many pathways of academics, athletics and activities to discover your future. Your unique, personal journey here will be supported by an outstanding faculty, staff, administration and counselors.

The Admissions Department is here to help you navigate the journey to become a St. Thomas Eagle. Our caring staff is happy to answer your questions, explain the admission process, introduce you to St. Thomas and address any concerns you may have.

FRESHMAN APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. St. Thomas High School Application
  2. Entrance Exams (HSPT or ISEE)
  3. Middle School Record
  4. Math & English Teacher Recommendations with Principal’s Verification
  5. Personal Essay
  6. Resume

TRANSFER APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. St. Thomas High School Application
  2. Standardized Test Scores (HSPT, ISEE, or PSAT)
  3. High School Transcripts
  4. Math & English Teacher Recommendations with Principal’s Verification
  5. Personal Essay
  6. Resume
  7. Student & Family Interview
BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM (ISEE)

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: October 26, 2018
  • Thomas School Code is 571055
  • ISEETest.org

OPEN HOUSE

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST (HSPT)

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Registration Deadline: January 9, 2019
  • Register Here

APPLICATION DEADLINE

APPLICATION SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS DEADLINE

  • Recommendations, test scores, academic records
  • Friday, February 1st, 2019

ADMISSIONS DECISION NOTIFICATION

  • Friday, March 8th, 2019

INCOMING FRESHMAN REGISTRATION NIGHT

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TRANSCRIPTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

To access the required recommendations and transcript request forms, please download copies from the following links and submit them to your school’s registrar after December 1st.

Please do not request transcripts until after the fall semester has ended. It is very important that your current grade’s transcript reflect a complete semester. We must receive these completed documents directly from your son’s current school by the January 15th deadline.

St. Thomas High School has chosen to provide the Houston Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) Recommendation forms; however, St. Thomas High School will accept both the HAIS recommendation forms and the Catholic High School Recommendation forms that other high schools provide.

ENTRANCE EXAMS

St. Thomas requires all Freshmen and Sophomore applicants take the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) and/or the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and submit their scores as part of the application process.

ISEE REGISTRATION

  • The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) will be offered November 10, 2018.
  • Registration deadline is October 26, 2018.
  • Register at ISEETest.org and choose the testing location of your choice, but you must indicate you want a School Score Report sent to St. Thomas High School, #571055, so that we receive a copy of your student’s scores.

HSPT REGISTRATION

  • The High School Placement Test (HSPT) will be offered January 12, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
    Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m.
  • Registration deadline is January 9, 2019.
  • Register here for the HSPT at St. Thomas High School.

TUITION

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is tentatively set at $19,100. Tuition payments can be made annually, semi-annually or monthly. A non-refundable, tentative registration fee of $550 and a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit are due at the time of registration. Tuition for the upcoming 2019-2020 year is officially set and announced in February.

Tuition is invoiced and paid using the Smart Tuition website. Payment due dates are on the 1st of 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.

Click below to read more information on our Tuition and Financial Aid fact sheets:

FINANCIAL AID

St. Thomas High School believes all those who truly want and qualify for a Basilian education should receive a Basilian Education regardless of economic ability.

Tuition for the 2019-20 school year is tentatively set at $19,100. A non-refundable, tentative registration fee of $550 and a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 are due at the time of registration. A student is not considered registered until the registration fee and tuition deposit have been paid in full. St. Thomas reserves the right to deny re-enrollment at its sole discretion. Tuition for the upcoming year is set and announced in February. Nearly one-third of our students receive some type of scholarship or financial aid each year.

The process for applying for financial aid begins with reading our Financial Aid and Tuition fact sheets:

Please read these documents carefully as they explain what you can expect and the steps you should take to assure a successful application process. It is very important for you to carefully study these fact sheets before you begin your application for financial aid.

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

St. Thomas uses SmartAid, an online portal, to gather and assess financial and personal information for financial aid decisions. St. Thomas will only review your financial aid application after your application in SmartAid is complete. You will need to assure you’ve completed the application fully and honestly. The SmartAid application for the 2019-20 school year will be available on the school’s website on or about December 1, 2018. Please note that no applications will be accepted directly at St. Thomas High School.

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AWARDING FINANCIAL AID

Applications for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year need to be completed by February 1, 2019. Those that have completed by that date will be considered in the first round of awards which will be distributed in mid-March. Applications received or completed after February 1, 2019 and/or where tax returns are received after February 20, 2019 will be considered on a rolling basis when and if funds are made available. If you are a late applicant, you will be contacted if funds become available.

FINANCIAL AID CONTACTS

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application, please contact Smart Aid directly. Their Help Desk is available at the email address and toll free number below; they are available 24/7 to assist you with your application. Unfortunately, contacting St. Thomas directly for assistance will delay the assessment of your application.

At St. Thomas we take our motto of Teaching Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge to heart. We encourage you to approach your financial aid application with the honesty and integrity we expect from your sons and our St. Thomas families.

Contact SmartAid first: 800-360-8027 FREE

SCHOLARSHIPS

Click below to view more information about the St. Thomas High School Scholarship Programs.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded annually to the top performing students in each grade level at St. Thomas High School. For incoming freshmen, 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.

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GABEL SCHOLARSHIP

The George Clifford and Mary Theresa Gabel Scholarship was created to allow students with exceptional academic potential but limited financial means to fulfill the dream of an outstanding education. The scholarship is valued at 80% of the yearly tuition per year. Typically, two incoming freshmen are named Gabel Scholars every year.

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BASILIAN FATHERS SCHOLARSHIP

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

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TRANSPORTATION

St. Thomas High School runs wifi-enabled bus routes for students living in the Spring and Kingwood communities. New in August 2018! St. Thomas will offer transportation services for families living in the Cypress community.

ROUTES

We offer morning pick-up and after school drop-off at the following locations:

St. Edward Catholic School (Spring)
2602 Spring Stuebner Rd
Spring, TX 77389
Pick-up from St. Edward is at 6:30 AM.
Departure from St. Thomas is 4:00 PM.

Martha Catholic School (Kingwood)
2411 Oak Shores Dr
Kingwood, TX 77389
Pick-up from St. Martha is at 6:00 AM.
Departure from St. Thomas High School is at 4:00 PM.

Christ the Redeemer Catholic School (Cypress)
11507 Huffmiester Rd
Houston, TX 77065
Pick-up and departure times to be announced.

RATES

$1,000 annual fee per student (not family), fully paid at time of reservation.

RESERVATIONS

All reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of signed agreement, parent/student information page and full payment to the Business Office.

CONTACT

For more information please email EagleTransport@sths.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you accept Non-Catholic students?2018-10-10T17:42:52+00:00

All qualified students are welcome at St. Thomas regardless of religious affiliation. Because we are a Catholic school, all students must take Catholic Theology classes, attend class retreats and worship with the St. Thomas community at liturgies and prayer services. We believe that every young man is going on his own unique journey of faith.

What transportation options do students have?2018-11-09T14:58:21+00:00

St. Thomas offers a bus service from the Spring, Kingwood and Cypress communities. Please click here to learn more about our bus service.

Additionally, there is a Metro bus line stop in our front yard and many students take advantage of this convenience.

Do St. Thomas students wear a uniform?2018-10-10T17:59:08+00:00

Students do not wear a uniform, but they do have a dress code that requires khaki dress slacks with a belt, a shirt with a collar and dress shoes.

What are the school’s hours?2018-10-10T17:59:46+00:00

Classes are held from 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Buildings and offices are open from 7 to 4 on most week days. Please call ahead to confirm hours for any specific office or day.

What are the qualifications for acceptance into St. Thomas High School?2018-10-10T18:00:19+00:00

A student must score at or above grade level on the HSPT or ISEE Test, have a strong academic record and receive an excellent recommendation from his Junior High School in order to be accepted to St. Thomas. A strong essay on the application and familiarity with the school also help a student’s application. A student must meet all of the above criteria in order to be well prepared for and successful in our rigorous college preparatory program.

How do St. Thomas students meet girls?2018-10-10T18:00:57+00:00

St. Thomas offers many extracurricular clubs that sponsor activities for our students and the students from our sister schools: St. Agnes Academy, Duchesne Academy, and Incarnate Word Academy. Likewise, St. Thomas students are invited to activities those schools sponsor, so there are ample opportunities to mingle with girls. St. Thomas and its sister schools also host a variety of dances throughout the year. Other opportunities include: Band, Drama, Spirit Clubs, Sporting Events, Pep Rallies, as well as numerous TAPPS academic events.

What is the average class size?2018-10-10T18:01:36+00:00

Most classes average about 20 students: some classes are as small as 8, while the largest classes are limited to 25.

How is tuition paid?2018-10-10T18:02:56+00:00

Tuition can be paid in three ways. All payments are made directly to SmartTuition:

  • One annual payment made on July 1st for the full amount.
  • Semi-annual payments made on July 1st and December 1st.
  • Ten monthly payments made between July 1st through April 1st.
Which sports are available?2018-11-09T15:03:22+00:00

At St. Thomas our educational program heeds the ancient motto “a sound mind in a sound body.” Interscholastic athletics are an important part of that idea.

The St. Thomas Eagles, compete in football, baseball, basketball, track, soccer, tennis, cross country, wrestling, swimming, rugby, lacrosse and golf.

All sports are available on the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity levels. All students are encouraged to try out for any team or become a team manager or trainer. Many other opportunities are available through an ongoing intramural program. We have a long, proud history of championship sports. We have earned state titles in rugby, cross country, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track, basketball and golf.

In which league do we compete?2018-10-10T18:04:47+00:00

TAPPS – Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools

Is there a service requirement?2018-10-10T18:05:19+00:00

Every St. Thomas student participates in service. Freshmen have a 20-hour service requirement and all Sophomores complete their service while on their retreat. Juniors and Seniors are expected to perform a minimum of 40 hours of service in each of those two years. All students have served over 100 hours by the time they graduate.

What about extra-curricular activities?2018-10-10T18:05:51+00:00

Approximately 95% of St. Thomas students participate in one or more of the many clubs and organizations available at St. Thomas. These include campus ministry, foreign language clubs, art and music, speech and debate, student government and student publications.

What about accreditation?2018-10-10T18:06:48+00:00

We are accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Catholic Conference, the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Catholic Education Association.

CONTACT ADMISSIONS

Max HolmesAssistant Director
Holmes@sths.org  |  713-864-6348 Ext. 337

Claudia WalkerAdmissions Coordinator
Claudia.Walker@sths.org  |  713-864-6348 Ext. 175

Sarah GarzaOutreach Coordinator
Sarah.Garza@sths.org  |  713-864-6348 Ext. 323

Johnny MislehAdmissions Associate
John.Misleh@sths.org

QUESTIONS?

Please complete the form at the link below to get your specific questions answered and to subscribe to our Eagle Connection mailing list. You can reach us directly at 713-864-6348 ext. 175 or at Admissions@sths.org. We appreciate your interest in St. Thomas!

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