Pat Kurz to Begin Summer Grad Studies at Middlebury

Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Kurz on his admission to Middlebury College’s renowned Bread Loaf School of English! This summer Mr. Kurz will begin a course of graduate studies that will occupy his next several summers and lead to a Master of Arts in English. The program is particularly well suited for Mr. Kurz, as it weaves together the study of English curriculum with the practice of teaching. We wish him the best as he pursues this excellent opportunity for professional development.

STMA Student and Teacher Win FFA Grants!

Congratulations to STMA sophomore Liliane Watkins, who has been awarded a competitive SAE/Career Pathways Grant by the National Future Farmers of America! Miss Watkins was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide and was one of just two students in the state of North Carolina to win the award. She will use the grant to conduct a self-designed agricultural research experience in coordination with the California Certified Organic Foundation.

Congratulations also to Kate Kirkpatrick, humanities instructor and FFA sponsor, who has been awarded a Future Farmers of America “Food for All Grant,” her second grant in two years!


STMA Commemorates Christmas Truce

STMA’s elective class “Memory and the Great War” presented the Tuesday December 9 Luddy Lecture as a public commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce. Candles illuminated throughout a darkened auditorium as students heard actual recorded sounds of the Western Front and listened to  STMA singers perform the German Carol “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.” Sophomore Liliane Watkins, junior Caleb Leaser, and seniors Daniel Craig, Corey Martinez, Blake Martin, and Jack Schenk then offered a beautiful mix of visual and spoken reflections over the Truce and its enduring meanings for persons today who seek a world of solidarity, cooperation, and peace. Congratulations to the presenters and their research teams  for an outstanding event that will be long remembered by the STMA community. You can learn more about the Truce here.

Huge Success for Seniors on College Early Decisions

STMA’s graduates of 2014 continued a tradition of outstanding college placement with admissions to a wide range of top schoolsAs in years past, merit-based financial support trended very strong, with over $3 million in merit-based support. If 2014-15 early decisions are an indication, STMA’s class of 2015 means to keep pace!

This year’s candidates have seen strong offers of early admission and merit-based aid from a range of colleges including Catholic, Dallas, Duquesne, Pittsburgh, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Rutgers, St. Mary’s,  and Vanderbilt. We expect more excellent news as the new year arrives. Students are also competing for the National Merit Scholarship, the Park Scholarship, and the Davidson College Belk Scholarship. One student has already been awarded the Calvin College Presidential Scholarship.

Best wishes to our seniors as they compete throughout the  winter months!

FFA Membership Growth Award

STMA has just received the 2014 FFA Membership Growth Award from the regional leadership of the Future Farmers of America! Congratulations to all students in the FFA–STMA’s largest club–and to FFA sponsor Kate Kirkpatrick!

STMA’s FFA students continue to put into practice their 2014-15 competitive “Food For All” grant. This grant funds three experiential learning projects in agriculture that concretely address local hunger. These projects have already substantially increase STMA’s charitable giving from its garden and provide enhanced educational opportunities for both students and adults. The FFA club has cooperated with several local organizations this fall in both seasonal harvests and a local educational workshop in Wake Forest. Another workshop is planned for November at St. Raphael’s in Raleigh. Support goes out to STMA’s FFA as it brings the grant’s benefits to the school, its students, and our neighboring communities!

STMA Instructor Wins ACS-Hach Chemistry Grant

Dr. David Richards’s proposal “At the Intersection of Chemistry and Biology:  Gel Electrophoresis” has been awarded a Chemistry Grant from the ACS-Hach Program‘s Educational Division in Washington, D.C. This grant will significantly enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry at STMA. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Richards!

Now Enrolling!

St. Thomas More Academy is accepting online applications for the Class of 2018.   Early acceptance now through February 28th.

Application packets do not need to be complete at the time of application.  However, we must receive a completed Application for Admission along with a $250.00 application fee to begin the admissions process.  Other documents can be submitted as you obtain them.  All application documents must be submitted to the school by February 28, 2014 for early acceptance notification.

The admissions test must be taken on one of the scheduled dates in November, December, February or March (or at another school offering the ISEE on other dates) for consideration in the admissions process.  The May test date is for late applicants.

Siblings of current students or graduates will be given priority in acceptance.

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $6500.

Acceptance letters will be mailed out the last week of February though the first week of March, 2014 and Commitment Letters will be due back to the school two weeks later.

An Open House is scheduled from 6-7:30pm on Thursday, February 27th.  Private tours are available, as are opportunities to have your child “shadow” a current student for a half school day.  For more information, or to schedule a tour or “shadow,” please email Mrs. Ann Cureton at

All pertinent information and documents related to admissions at STMA can be found at the following link:

If we can be of any assistance in the admissions process, please feel free to contact us.  Know of our prayers!

STMA Named Rensselaer Medal School

St. Thomas More Academy has been named a Rensselaer Medal School by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. This honor provides a scholarship opportunity worth a minimum of $60,000 for select outstanding math and science students who apply, are accepted and enroll at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

St. Thomas More Academy has distinguished itself as having outstanding courses in mathematics and science, and has met rigorous academic standards to become a Rensselaer Medal School. As a Rensselaer Medal School, St. Thomas More Academy may select one member of its junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal. The Medal, first presented in 1916, recognizes superlative academic achievement and motivates students toward careers in science, engineering and technology. Medal recipients who apply, are accepted, and enroll at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are provided a scholarship worth a minimum of $60,000.