“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.

Upper School

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12




Formal Logic

Advanced Rhetoric & Composition (2022-23)

Topics in Humanities or Topics in Science


Senior Thesis Workshop


Ancient History

Medieval History

Modern European History

American History


Ancient Literature: Great Stories from Myth & Scripture

Medieval Literature

Modern European Literature

American Literature


The Socratic Question

Fundamentals of Catholicism

Catholic Moral Thought

Catholic Traditions in Politics & Economics


Latin 1

Latin 2

French 1 or Spanish I or     Latin 3

French 2 or Spanish 2 or    Latin 4


Algebra 1 or Geometry or Algebra 2 (decided by placement test)

Geometry or Algebra 2 or Precalculus

Algebra 2 or Precalculus or Calculus 1

Precalculus or Advanced Functions or Calculus 1 or Calculus 2





See Trivium




Three per year

Three per year

Three per year



First Year of Studies


Non-cognitive Skills 1


College Workshop 1

Non-cognitive Skills 2


College Workshop 2 


Personal & Professional Development



Summer Reading Requirements

Any edition of the following is acceptable.

Grade 9: The Spear by Louis de Wohl

Grade 10: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Grade 11: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Grade 12: Land of Hope by Wilifred McClay AND A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller


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.