Testimonials

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I commend you and your colleagues on the creation of a truly inspiring place of learning—here young people can receive the formation of heart and mind that they so much need to be able to find their place in today’s often complicated society. Saint Thomas More Academy [gives] me much hope for what can be done, especially by lay people, in renewing Catholic education.

Dr. Christophe Cardinal Schönborn 
Archbishop of Vienna

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Catholic schools play an essential role in the future of our Church and Diocese. Recognizing that parents are the first and primary educators of their children, Catholic schools enter into a unique partnership with them. STMA is positioned well to assist parents in this endeavor. As a school officially recognized by the Diocese of Raleigh, it is dedicated to the authentic teaching of the Faith and provides families with a valued option in Catholic education.

Most Reverend Michael Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh

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I have had six children attend STMA since 2007. STMA is consistent with the principles it stands for, namely an integral formation of the student: the highest academic standards coupled with the formation of the highest human values.

Richard Bethencourt
STMA Parent

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As parents we know that we are doing the very best that we can for our daughters and their futures in having them attend STMA as we know they will get the very best high school education and experience that there is out there……Nobody could do it any better than STMA!   The Headmaster, the staff, and all of the faculty there are very warm and loving toward the students.  They have created a wonderful atmosphere.

Harry and Suzanne Kuerner
STMA Parents

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I would not trade the experience that I have taken from this school for anything.

Ben Alig
STMA Graduate

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The instructors are available and reach out to students who need help.  There is a great deal of positive peer pressure – peer pressure to do well in classes and to treat each other with dignity and respect.  In addition and equally important, the school is fun.  Whether my daughter is in class or playing on the basketball team, she has a great time. We couldn’t be happier with the school!

Sharon and Bob Daley
STMA Parents

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God is always calling his people to the vital task of “renewing” authentic education. One enterprise that deserves our special praise and gratitude is St. Thomas More Academy. Thanks to the astounding generosity of its founder, Bob Luddy, and the unswerving efforts of its faculty, it has born rich fruit in its many students. We, both laity and clergy, have a great debt of gratitude to those who pour themselves into creating schools like St. Thomas More. Let us support them in every way possible. And let us not miss the chance to give our children the privilege of a real education.

Alice von Hildebrand
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Hunter College

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As we discuss and debate issues around the dinner table with our children, it is clear to us that our children have benefitted from a rigorous and balanced education at STMA.  [It is] a community of independent learners who combine critical and analytical skills with idealism and compassion.    

Dr. Walter and Becky Tan
STMA Parents

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I am truly enjoying and am thriving in all my classes; they are all lead by expert teachers. All are welcome in this real, Catholic environment.  Everyone at the school is so charitable and proud of their Catholic faith.  I would never go anywhere else!

Maria Mutka
STMA Student

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I’ve had the good fortune to present at STMA on multiple occasions. My subject matter, which draws from contemporary physics and philosophy, can be fairly demanding, but the students not only assimilate the material but ask very perceptive questions. I believe that the STMA faculty is the driving force behind these exceptional young people. I’ve been highly impressed by their knowledge and commitment to the students. For preparing teens to meet contemporary challenges brought about by the interaction of faith and secular culture, Saint Thomas More Academy offers one of the finest secondary programs in the nation.

Fr. Robert Spitzer S.J., Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Gonzaga University

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The teaching staff is in a league of its own with credentials that rank at the top of the charts, not just in the state but in the country. The school is rock solid in its mission to provide the very best in academics, but also to create strong Catholic leaders prepared to make an impact in this world. As parents, we all know how hard the teenage years are for our children. Our children and the students at STMA all feel that STMA is their safe harbor from the storm–a place they will always be accepted and loved and most importantly encouraged to be the person God has intended them to be.

Tim and Cathy Ligowski
STMA Parents

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It’s a breath of fresh air to walk through the doors of St. Thomas More Academy.  The administrators and faculty care about educating the whole person. The students are obviously happy to be there [and] are getting a terrific education that emphasizes what counts and what lasts.  Spending time at STMA makes me wish that all students could have the opportunity to study there.

Dr. Carson Daly
President, Mount St. Mary College

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St. Thomas More Academy has given me the opportunity to grow and do things I would never imagine myself doing. The overall environment at STMA is described best as a family; it lets the students thrive in every way. At the end of the day, there is no where I would rather be.

Sarah Dawod
STMA Graduate

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My wife and I visited St Thomas More Academy in 2011, and we were greatly impressed by the politeness of the students. I attended an English class that had almost the level of a college course. I gave a lecture to an assembly of all students, and I was struck by the intelligent and articulate questions I received from them. I went away wishing that I could send my own children to a school like St. Thomas More Academy.

Dr. John Crosby
Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Franciscan University

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We were concerned with the size of the public school and how easy it could be to get “lost” in such a large environment. The small class size at STMA allows for more individual attention and a feeling of belonging. You get to know not only your fellow classmates well but also the teachers. The Staff is great. They take time after hours to support the students. STMA provides the classical education we were looking for in an inviting and accepting environment.

Robert Neiberger
STMA Parent

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The faculty does more than just teach – it forms. Formation is a critical yet rather rare concept in education; STMA approaches it with prayerful purpose. For these dedicated individuals teachingis not a profession but rather an apostolate. 

Cassie McCullers
STMA Parent

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STMA provides a rich environment that allows each student to flourish and become who they were meant from all eternity to be. In fall 2013 a recent graduate enrolled at Aquinas College. I was able to see a direct correlation between the caliber of teaching and learning in a thoughtful, Christ-centered community and the impact that STMA’s integrated formation had on the young man. He brings his good qualities of mind and heart into every aspect of life and by his example encourages others to follow his lead.

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P.
President, Aquinas College

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The faith lived out by my teachers and peers was impressive. This exposure was crucial in helping me form a better relationship with Christ that would eventually land me in the seminary.  To this day, I’m inspired by my classmates who are spread out at different universities living the faith in the secular world.

Austin Faur
STMA Graduate 

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The school succeeds in developing a self image of Christian scholarship in the diverse student body.  The students embrace that image.  They mature in an atmosphere fertile to their success. 100% college acceptance proves the method.  Your child will certainly be provided an educational background for success in college and life beyond.  STMA is the School for Life.

Frank Cassidy
STMA Parent

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St. Thomas More Academy is a school where one can go to get a genuine education and have fun doing it. It’s more than a school. It is a place of learning and gaining experience through the years.


Aldani Herrara
STMA Student

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STMA boasts a tremendous faculty seriously dedicated to the Catholic formation of young souls.  I believe the classical education, loving formation and academic tradition provide a unique choice for parents today.  The number of vocations that come from this school and the consistent scholarships garnered by its graduates from top academic programs speak to its success and God’s blessing on this special work.

Fr. Philip Tighe
Director of Vocations, Diocese of Raleigh

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St Thomas More has created a truly unique environment where students are challenged to genuinely live out the faith they profess as well as encouraged to strive for academic excellence.  Real discussions take place that inspire deeper thinking into how their lives can and should impact the world.  Deep friendships are formed.                                          

Dr. Dan and Carolyn Moran
STMA Parents

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We believe STMA will equip our kids to step out into a world that is at times both challenging and disordered, while keeping God and the faith at the center.  STMA fosters an environment where students grow in faith, virtue, character and intellect.

Cheryl and Mark Hadley
STMA Parents

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I have taught graduates of STMA at my college, and I have been very favorably impressed by their seriousness, good humor, and love of learning.  STMA combines the warmth, freedom and creativity of home-schooling with the discipline and social interaction of an orderly school with high standards. At the core of this harmony is the curriculum, taught by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers in a genuinely classical but realistic way.

Dr. Gerald Malsbary
Director of the First-Year Symposium, Belmont Abbey College

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The vibrant community brings out my best potential and exemplifies the most important theological virtue: love.  Each person at St. Thomas More Academy shows love and support for me that I would never have received elsewhere. I would not be who I am today without STMA.

John DeGuzman
STMA Graduate and Seminarian, Diocese of Raleigh

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STMA is a gem of a school! It was obvious from the start that the student body at STMA is special.  Our daughter would come home and say, “Everyone is so nice”.  We noticed immediately that each day after school the courtyard is full of students interacting with each other and their teachers, laughing and enjoying their campus and the company of people who seem to inspire one another to make the world a better place. The school may be small, but it is a powerhouse.

Diane McGrath
STMA Parent

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St. Thomas More Academy not only succeeds in providing an outstanding education but excels in the most important education a school can provide: faith and morals. As a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh involved in Catholic School education it has been a wonderful experience to be a part of this school and without reservation recommend it for those searching for a school home.

Fr. Dan Oschwald
Pastor, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, New Bern

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The thing that makes us such a great place is the endless opportunities for friendships, and the kindness that flows from everyone who goes here.    

Josh Irons
STMA Graduate

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St. Thomas More Academy is incarnating the New Evangelization! The school illustrates a desire to train salty disciples of Jesus who will engage the world and lead others out of darkness into the Light of Christ. STMA is an encouragement to me as a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Raleigh and a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Tony DeCandia
Parochial Vicar, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest

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The goal of teachers is to help students like me, on an individual basis, and to teach to each student’s individual strengths, while unlocking and highlighting their potential. STMA shapes future leaders and devoted Christians who give back and contribute to the world around them.

Gabriel Pate
STMA Student

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