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“Reason is by study, labor, and exercise of logic, philosophy, and other liberal arts corroborate and quickened; and the judgment . . . much ripened.” (St. Thomas More)
The St. Thomas More Academy curriculum of studies reflects our deep commitment to truly excellent Catholic college preparatory education.
In the first year students take courses in Grammar, Latin I, Algebra I, Geometry, or accelerated track Algebra II, Biology, Ancient History and Literature, and Scripture. The St. Thomas More Orientation Course is also part of the the first year experience.
In the second year students take courses in Logic, Latin II, Geometry, Algebra II, or accelerated track Precalculus, Chemistry, Classical and Medieval History and Literature, and Catholicism.
Students in the third year take Basic Philosophy, Latin III or Modern Language I (immersion), Algebra II, Precalculus, or accelerated track Calculus, Physics, Modern European Literature, and semester-length courses in Modern European History, Church History, and Moral Theology. SAT preparation courses are also offered and are included in base tuition.
Finally, in the fourth year, students take Advanced Topics courses in either humanities or science, followed by the Senior Tutorial, Latin IV or Modern Language II, a fourth Mathematics course (Precalculus, Finite Math, Calculus, or accelerated track Calculus II), American Literature, and semester-length courses in American History, Bioethics, and Catholic Traditions in Politics and Economics. A college planning workshop is offered in the fall.
Semester-length electives are vital parts of the second, third, and fourth years. The range of electives always includes topical studies in humanities and science and engaging opportunities in the arts and agriculture.
Honors options are available in primary subjects through the fourth year.
STMA operates on a streamlined, low homework model. Class time is optimized, and the vast majority of work remains inside the school day. Each grade enjoys dedicated silent study periods throughout the week. Outside tasks are ordinarily limited to well-paced readings and modest preparation in language, science, and mathematics.
The STMA curriculum of studies exceeds UNC system requirements.