In a hybrid model, our tutors and board members support parents in the education of their children. tutors and parents work as co-educators to implement a unified curriculum. Modeled after university-style instruction, students meet twice weekly to cover material in class and complete assignments at home.
STCA exists to support parents in the home education of their children. At St. Thomas, your child will be part of a comprehensive, classical educational program, which includes two days of classroom instruction and lesson plans and supplemental reading to do at home. STCA offers a training session for parents and tutors to cover curriculum, expectations, and communication.
The board regularly contacts parents to make sure classroom days are valuable and home days are manageable.
Students attend St. Thomas Classical Academy on Tuesday and Thursday beginning with Mass at 8:00 am. After Mass in the St. Augustin chapel, students and tutors explore the written and spoken word, as well as the natural world together in the lower level of St. Augustin Church. The school day has over 90 minutes of breaks built into the day so that children can rest their minds and exercise their bodies.
Tutors send assignments, activities, and supplemental materials for the parents to do with their children each week. At home, a 2nd- or 3rd-grade student should spend 2-3 hours and a 4th or 5th-grade student should work for 3-5 hours each day. If the work is too much or too little, parents are encouraged to work with the tutors to adjust work loads. With this unique partnership between tutors and parents, every student can be challenged and successful.