Curriculum

“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)

Studies at St. Thomas More Academy reflect a deep commitment to truly excellent Catholic college preparatory education.

In the first year, students take required courses in Ancient History, Ancient Literature, Biology, Grammar, Latin 1, Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2), Scripture, and Technology.

In the second year, students take courses in Catholicism, Chemistry, Latin 2, Logic, Mathematics (Geometry, Algebra 2, or Precalculus), Medieval History, and Medieval Literature.

Students in the third year take Church History, Introduction to Philosophy, Latin 3 or Modern Language 1 (French or Spanish), Mathematics (Algebra 2, Precalculus, or Calculus), Modern European History, Modern European Literature, Moral Theology, and Physics.

Finally, in the fourth year, students take American History, American Literature, Bioethics, Catholic Traditions in Economics and Politics, Latin 4 or Modern Language 2, a fourth Mathematics course (Precalculus, Calculus, Calculus II, or Statistics), and an Advanced Topics course in either humanities or science. This last leads to the Senior Thesis Tutorial in the spring of the senior year.

Semester-length electives are vital parts of the second, third, and fourth years. Each year’s range of electives always includes topical studies in fine arts, humanities, math, and science, and STMA’s teaching kitchen, urban gardens, and animal coop make possible engaging opportunities in culinary skills 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.

The STMA curriculum of studies exceeds UNC system requirements.

Formation for professional success is a key part of the STMA educational experience. Students are optimally situated to maximize future opportunities through the school’s emphasis on the Top 15 Luddy Outcomes and on non-cognitive and technical skills.

These qualities are reinforced in a tier of professionally-ordered courses throughout the four years of study and in the monthly households. This tier includes the St. Thomas More Course in the first year (themed around the 15 Outcomes), a non-cognitive and technical skills course in the sophomore year, the junior SAT prep classes (included in base tuition) and college workshop, and the senior year’s college transitions course.