CATHOLIC

At STCA, we envision faculty, parents, students, and clergy joining together in the pursuit of the wisdom of Christ crucified. To do this, we believe that we need look no further than the liturgy of our Catholic faith to guide us, centering our days, weeks, months, and years around the liturgy.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“If the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a chorus, the children's high-pitched voices predominate. We adults attune our voices to those of the children so that, in a hymn of gratitude, all our voices might reach heaven together." – Sofia Cavalletti

St. Thomas Classical Academy, in collaboration with St. Augustin Catholic Church, offers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Toddler, Level, I, II, and III on Thursday mornings. Daily Mass is at 8am and children are invited into the atrium for a 2-hour session, allowing a 3-hour work cycle. CGS is open to siblings of STCA students as well as the broader community. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open in the spring.

First communicants will have the opportunity to attend a full sacramental retreat as they prepare for their first communion.

Liturgical Life

Participating in the liturgical life of the Church is at the heart of our school. We celebrate feast days together, pray novenas at home and school, and bring the faith to life for our children.

Independent Catholic school

Bishop Pates, Diocese of Des Moines, has given us his support and encouragement as an independent Catholic school. Although we are not officially connected with the Diocese of Des Moines, the tradition of the Catholic faith is the center of everything we teach and every decision we make.

STCA students and their families pause to sing at Our Lady’s altar at St. Anthony Church after their Martinmas Lantern walk.

STCA students and their families pause to sing at Our Lady’s altar at St. Anthony Church after their Martinmas Lantern walk.