“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 a spirit of constant improvement. 


Upper School

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12




Formal Logic

Rhetoric and Composition (2023-24)

Senior Thesis Workshop


Senior Seminar


Ancient History

Medieval History

Modern European History

American History


Great Stories from Ancient Literature

Medieval Literature

Modern European Literature

American Literature

Philosophy and Theology

The Socratic Question

Fundamentals of Catholicism

Catholic Moral Thought

Catholic Traditions in Politics and Economics


Latin 1

Latin 2

French 1


Latin 3


Spanish I

French 2


Latin 4


Spanish 2


Algebra 1




Algebra 2


Initial placement decided by test



Algebra 2



Algebra 2




Calculus 1



Advanced Functions


Calculus 1


Topics in Calculus


Statistics (2023-24)





Advanced Topics in Science (2023-24)



Three required

Three required

Four required


First Year of Studies


Non-cognitive Skills 1



Workshop 1


Skills 2



Workshop 2 


Personal & Professional Development



Summer Reading Requirements

Any edition is acceptable.

9th Grade: The Spear by Louis De Wohl

10th Grade: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

11th Grade: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

12th Grade: Land of Hope by Wilfred McClay and A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

Initial Math Placement

STMA places incoming first-year students (9th grade) in mathematics based on the faculty’s written placement test. This test is required of all incoming freshmen. It is offered on the Tuesday of fall orientation week.

Placement is always conservative in the student's best academic interests. Prior middle school results are not part of placement considerations.

First-year students might place in either Algebra 1 or Geometry. Rarely, a student might place into Algebra 2.

Placement ordinarily establishes the student’s subsequent math track through the Academy, though STMA does allow students to take summer Geometry elsewhere between grades 9 and 10 to facilitate enrollment in sophomore Algebra 2.

STMA places transfer students into appropriate math classes in the upper grades based on results in prior 9-12 courses and the faculty’s written placement test.

For both incoming and transfer students, the Academy's placement test is decisive over other measures. STMA cannot modify math placements.

ISEE Results and Math Remediation

STMA administers the ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Examination) to all students who apply for admission to the Academy (Upperclassman transfers may submit PSAT or similar scores instead). The ISEE signals strengths in particular subjects.

A student is expected to have competence in whatever math skills are necessary to sustain positive performance in the student’s first STMA math class.

If an admitted student’s ISEE scores suggest math challenges, the student and his or her family will want to explore remediation work outside STMA. STMA does not offer remedial math courses, but can provide suggestions for remediation resources upon request.

Honors Classes

Honors options are available in primary subjects through the fourth year. Instructors will provide details by course at the beginning of each academic 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 community households.  


Students must attend school regularly to achieve top outcomes. STMA maintains a strict attendance policy. A student who misses too much school for non-school activities (i.e. travel sports teams, club teams, dance companies, etc.) may not be able to continue studies at STMA.