“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 core courses in Ancient History, Scripture and Ancient Literature, Biology, Grammar, Latin 1, Mathematics (Algebra 1 or Geometry), Preparatory Writing, and Study Skills/Technology.
In the second year, students take courses in Catholicism, Chemistry, Latin 2, Logic, Mathematics (Geometry or Algebra 2), Medieval History, and Medieval Literature.
Students in the third year take Introduction to Philosophy, Latin 3 or Modern Language 1 (French or Spanish), Mathematics (Algebra 2 or Precalculus), 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, College Writing (supporting the senior thesis), Latin 4 or Modern Language 2, and a fourth Mathematics course (Functions and Modeling, Precalculus, Calculus, or Statistics).
Semester-length electives are vital parts of the second, third, and fourth years. Each year’s range of electives includes topical studies in fine arts, humanities, math, science, and technology. STMA’s teaching kitchen, urban gardens, and animal coop make possible engaging opportunities in culinary skills and agriculture. College-model Seminars with the Dean of Studies are offered every year.
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 and in the student households.