The History of STMA
St. Thomas More Academy was founded to provide an outstanding and affordable Catholic college preparatory education for Raleigh and its surrounding areas. Founded in 2002 with permission of the Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop of Raleigh, the Academy’s first classes met at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. The school relocated in 2004 to a larger facility at Paragon Park Road, Raleigh, then again to an even larger space at Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, in 2007, when the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, reaffirmed diocesan support for the school and blessed the new 12-classroom, three-acre campus. In 2019, the Diocese of Raleigh's newest bishop, Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, graciously bestowed his blessing. The campus also houses a chapel, faculty offices, lab spaces, a fitness room, technology center, teaching kitchen, and a theater.
In the fall of 2019, plans were begun to expand to include grade six in the fall of 2020. STMA grew to a full middle school (grades 6-8) at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year. Our benefactor, Mr. Luddy, has generously donated a building adjacent to our current high school campus to house our middle school grades and includes classrooms, a gym, and a wood shop.