The mission of the schools and early childhood centers of the Diocese of Raleigh is to engage our school/center communities in creating quality education within a Catholic environment that fosters the current and future development of the whole child.
St Thomas More Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school administered programs.
Openings in the school will be filled in the following order:
To be eligible for acceptance and parish tuition rates for the school year, you must meet the following criteria:
REGISTERED: Have been registered at St. Thomas More Church for one year as of March 15, of the previous year unless you recently moved into the Triangle area. If you have recently moved into this area, documentation must be provided by your previous parish verifying that you were a registered, active, and contributing member of that parish.
ACTIVE: Have attended weekly Mass at STM since March 15, of the previous year.
CONTRIBUTING: Have contributed financially to the support of the Church in a regular and identifiable way through parish envelopes or checks since March 15, of the previous year. Contributions cannot be made in a lump sum and cannot be made retroactive in order to qualify for the reduced rate. If your tuition payments are delinquent for two months, you are in danger of losing your eligibility to continue your education for the rest of the year.
STUDENTS ENTERING FROM OTHER SCHOOLS: The principal and the administration of St. Thomas More Catholic School reserves the right to interview all children transferring from other schools and the parents of those children. We require copies of standardized scores, report cards, teacher recommendations, and any other samples of schoolwork that will help us to assess the child's academic readiness. We reserve the right to test any new applicant to determine their grade level, placement and acceptance and to do screening for Pre-K applicants. If we determine that we cannot meet the needs of the student, the parents will be advised to seek other placement. Registration of new students will occur in February.
AGE AND REGISTRATION PREREQUISITES: Children must be four years old by August 31st to enter the pre-kindergarten, five years old by August 31st to enter the kindergarten and six years old by August 31st to enter the first grade. All new students must present original birth and baptismal certificates as well as a complete record of immunizations. A letter of recommendation for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade are also required. A registration fee is needed to complete the registration process.
IMMUNIZATIONS: All students are required to be up to date with immunizations. State law requires the following minimum doses: 5 DPT Shots (one required dose after 4th birthday) 4 ORAL POLIO VACCINE DOSES (one required dose after 4th birthday) 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) after 15 months of age. 3 HIB Vaccine
RE-REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS: Re-registration for students attending St. Thomas More Catholic School will occur in early January. If tuition payments have not been kept up-to-date, re-registration will not be accepted. If we determine that we cannot meet the needs of a student or if the student is interfering with the education of other students, we reserve the right to refuse re-registration. We will do all that we can to assist parents in finding an alternative that would best serve the needs of the child.