At St. Thomas Classical Academy, we strongly believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. STCA seeks to assist parents in this role by offering the flexibility and involvement of home school with the support and community of a traditional school. TUTORS and parents act as co-educators, working closely to implement a unified, classical curriculum.


Our criteria for staff includes a dedication to the Catholic faith, the liberal arts, classical education, and the moral and academic growth of young students.  In order to ensure that we continue to serve our families and grow in our understanding of classical, Catholic education, all tutors will have a continuing education plan and attend classical education conferences and training as needed.

Grades and classes

In 2019, STCA will open enrollment to grades 1-12, providing a comprehensive, hybrid education for the entire family. Each class is limited to 12 students.


St. Thomas Classical Academy meets in the lower level at St. Augustin Catholic Church, Des Moines, IA, allowing us to begin our school day with daily Mass


Students attend St. Thomas Classical Academy on Tuesday and Thursday, beginning with Mass at 8:00 am. Tuesday classes will accommodate Catholic Youth Choir practices. Parents implement lesson plans at home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The 32-week academic year begins in August and ends prior to Memorial Day in May.

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