Welcome to St. Thomas More Academy!

We are so glad you are here! 

This FAQ page will provide new students and parents with all of the necessary information to prepare for the upcoming academic year. 

Additional details regarding the upcoming school year will be emailed to each family during the summer months and will be updated in this section as information becomes available. 

 

When does the academic year begin?

The 2021-2022 academic year will begin in-person ONLY barring any unforeseen changes. Please see our academic calendar here: Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Upper School Schedule (orientation details will be emailed before orientation week)

  • Freshmen Orientation: Monday, August 9th
  • Freshmen Math Placement Test: Tuesday, August 10th (10am)
  • Sophomore Orientation: Tuesday, August 10th
  • Upperclassmen Orientation: Wednesday, August 11th

Middle School Schedule (orientation details will be emailed before orientation; the below dates are subject to change)

  • 7th Grade Orientation: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • 6th Grade Orientation: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

First day of classes for all students:

  • Thursday, August 12th

Mandatory New Parent Meeting:

  • Tuesday, August 10th, 5:30-6:30 (Middle School families) & 7:00-8:00pm (Upper School families) This VIRTUAL meeting is intended for first time enrolled families only.

 

How do parents receive communication over the summer?

STMA uses the FACTS/RenWeb system for all parent and student communication.  When the on-line application for admission has been submitted, the contact information provided, including student and parent email addresses, is imported into the RenWeb system.  Please ensure that the email addresses provided are active and appropriate for school use.  Once a student is enrolled, STMA faculty and staff are able to communicate with families via emails through FACTS/RenWeb.  All students must have an active email address in the RenWeb system in order to receive important information over the summer and to be able to communicate directly with their instructors during the school year.

Additionally, once a student is enrolled, instructions for how to create parent and student accounts on FACTS/RenWeb are sent via email.  It is important that both the parent and the student create a FACTS/RenWeb account.  This will enable parents to view their student's grades, etc.  It will also allow the student to view his or her schedule, view grades, etc. 

If parents and/or students are not receiving emails from STMA faculty and staff after enrollment, please contact admissions@stmacademy.org immediately, as this means that the email address provided on the admissions application needs to be updated.

 

How are tuition payments set up?

During the summer months, each family will receive an email from the STMA Registrar, Mrs. Ann Cureton, with instructions on how to set up a tuition account in the FACTS system.

However, if you would like to set it up on your own, information regarding how to do so can be found here.

 

Are there additional fees besides tuition?

STMA has made an effort to maintain low tuition and to keep additional fees, such as some book purchases, club fees, etc. at a minimum.

Some school books are provided on loan and must be properly maintained.  There will be some books, however, that the faculty deem important for a personal library.  Students will be required to purchase these books separately.  Every effort is made to point students to on-line titles that are free or sites where books can be purchased at a very low cost. 

During the first week of school, teachers will provide students with a syllabus for each class, which details which books are provided and which must be purchased.  Usually (but not always), Latin and Math books are purchased in bulk by STMA and families are charged via the FACTS system. 

Please see our website here for more information on tuition and fees. 

 

Where/How are uniforms purchased?

All uniforms are sold exclusively through Flynn and O'Hara.  Please see the Uniforms section under the Student Life tab on our website here and the charts below for more details. 

In addition to the regular school uniform, Middle School students are also required to have a P.E. uniform. Parents may select from various options and order here

Families are also able to connect via a parent exchange group for uniforms, books, and carpool.  If you would like to join this group, please email the request to Mrs. Stormy Noland

Uniform Requirements:

Upper School

Young Women

Young Men

MWF (informal)

Optional Outerwear Choices:

-Blazer

-Wine Sweater

-Sweater Vest

-Fleece Jacket

-Black Embroidered Soft-Shell Jacket

-STMA Sweatshirt (with STMA polo shirt)

Bottoms:

-Trousers (black or charcoal)

-Skirt/Kilt (knee-length plaid, gray, or black)

Tops:

-STMA Polo shirt (short or long-sleeves; white, gray,

 or maroon)

-STMA Oxford shirt (white)

Shoes/Socks:

-All-black closed-toe shoes (in good condition; flat

 or low-heeled, not to exceed 2 inches in height)               

-Black, charcoal, or gray socks (socks are optional)

Optional Outerwear Choices:

-Blazer

-Wine Sweater

-Sweater Vest

-Fleece Jacket

-Black Embroidered Soft-Shell Jacket

-STMA Sweatshirt (with STMA polo shirt)

 Bottoms:

-Trousers (black or charcoal)

-Belt (black)

 Tops:

-STMA Polo shirt (short or long-sleeves; white, gray,

 or maroon)

-STMA Oxford shirt (white)

Shoes/Socks:

-All-black closed-toe shoes (in good condition)

-Black, charcoal, or gray socks

T/TH (formal)

Outerwear:

-Black Blazer w/ sewn crest (grades 9-10)

-Maroon Blazer w/ sewn crest (grades 11-12)

 (to be worn after Convocation Mass in September of

 11th grade)

 Bottoms:

-Trousers (charcoal)

-Skirt/Kilt (gray or plaid)

Tops:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

Outerwear:

-Black Blazer w/ sewn crest (grades 9-10)

-Maroon Blazer w/ sewn crest (grades 11-12)

 (to be worn after Convocation Mass in Sept. of

 11th grade)

 Bottoms:

-Trousers (charcoal)

-Belt (black)

 Tops/Neck-tie:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

-Wine-striped neck-tie

 Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

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Middle School

Young Women

Young Men

MWF (informal)

Optional Outerwear Choices:

-Charcoal cardigan

-Fleece Jacket

-Black Embroidered Soft-Shell Jacket

-STMA Sweatshirt (with STMA polo shirt)

Bottoms:

-Trousers (black)

-Skort (plaid or black)

-Kilt (knee-length plaid or black)

Tops:

-STMA Polo shirt (short or long-sleeves; white, gray,

 or maroon)

-STMA Oxford shirt (white)

Shoes/Socks:

-All-black closed-toe shoes (in good condition; flat

 or low-heeled, not to exceed 2 inches in height)               

-Black, charcoal, or gray socks (socks are optional)

Optional Outerwear Choices:

-Charcoal cardigan

-Fleece Jacket

-Black Embroidered Soft-Shell Jacket

-STMA Sweatshirt (with STMA polo shirt)

Bottoms:

-Trousers (black)

-Belt (black)

Tops:

-STMA Polo shirt (short or long-sleeves; white, gray,      

 or maroon)

-STMA Oxford shirt (white)

Shoes/Socks:

-All-black closed-toe shoes (in good condition)

-Black, charcoal, or gray socks

T/TH (formal)

Outerwear:

-Charcoal cardigan

Bottoms:

-Trousers (black)

-Skort (plaid or black)

-Kilt (knee-length plaid or black)

Tops:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

Outerwear:

-Charcoal cardigan

Bottoms:

-Trousers (black)

-Belt (black)

Tops:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What kind of shoes do most students wear?

The only requirement for shoes is that they are all black (including soles, markings, and laces). Other than that, students are free to choose shoes that compliment their style and/or are most comfortable. Most students wear some form of slip-on or lace up shoe. Popular choices for young men include loafers, Oxford style shoes, or tennis/athletic shoes. Popular choices for young women include ballet/other flats or lace up shoes (even low combat boots are acceptable). Other popular choices are all black tennis or athletic shoes.  

What are the expectations for personal grooming?

Students are allowed some freedom in personal grooming. A good rule of thumb is for them to maintain a professional appearance. Expectations include:

  • Young Men
    • Hair - must not cover the eyes, must remain above the collar, and must be a natural hair color (e.g. not pink, purple, blue, green, etc.); words or symbol etching in the hair is not permitted
    • Face - facial hair must be clean shaven; markings or shavings in the eyebrows are not permitted;
    • Jewelry & Piercings - ear or facial piercings are not permitted; other jewelry is permitted;
    • Fit of clothing - must not be too tight or too loose fitting; shirts must remain tucked in and buttoned to the neck (last button at neck can remain unbuttoned for the polo shirts); ties must be worn with the Oxford shirts (buttoned the the top); pants must be belted
  • Young Ladies
    • Hair - must be a natural hair color (e.g. not pink, purple, blue, green, etc.) and neatly groomed; words or symbol etching in the hair is not permitted
    • Face - make-up is allowed, but should be conservatively applied and in natural tones; markings or shavings in the eyebrows are not permitted
    • Jewelry & Piercings - jewelry is permitted, including ear piercings; other facial piercings are not permitted;
    • Nails - nail polish is allowed, but should not be distracting in color
    • Fit of clothing - must not be too tight or too loose fitting; shirts must remain tucked in and buttoned to the neck (last button at neck can remain unbuttoned); skirts must be knee-length; during cold months, young ladies may wear tights (footed tights may be worn without socks; ankle tights must be worn with socks), but leggings are not permitted. 

 

Is there a summer reading requirement?

Yes, there is a summer reading requirement for all grades.

Upper School Reading (any edition of the following 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 Miller

Middle School Reading (any edition of the following is acceptable):

6th Grade - The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

7th Grade - The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

 

What else needs to be accomplished over the summer?

A health physical is required for all students by the first day of school (if not submitted during the admissions process).

If a student plans to play sports, please request that your pediatrician completes the NC Sports Physical form. This form should be available at the pediatrician's office, but can also be found here

If you have yet to submit any supplemental documentation (as applicable), such as the birth certificate, baptismal certificate, first communion certificate, or immunization record, please do so by the first day of school.

 

Are there any activities that occur over the summer?

New Student Socials

There will be opportunities for new students (rising 9th grade and rising 6th grade) to meet over the summer.  These events are organized by parents and will be announced via email. 

Summer Sports Conditioning

Conditioning workouts begin in June (to prepare for the fall sports season, which begins August 2nd, 2021). Please contact our Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director if you are interested in participating:

Athletic Director - Doug Cottle doug.cottle@stmacedemy.org

Assistant Athletic Director - Dr. Jake Noland jake.noland@stmacademy.org

Uniform Exchange Event - June 26, 2021

New and current families are invited to attend. If you would like to sell uniforms, please sign up at this link: STMA Uniform Exchange 2021

If you would like to donate uniforms for the event, please email Mrs. Stormy Noland.

 

Is there a supply list?

Upper School - There is not a supply list for grades 9-12.  Teachers will make recommendations during orientation week, but generally, students are given the freedom to choose the supplies best suited to their individual needs. 

Middle School 

6th Grade Supply List 2021-2022

7th Grade Supply List 2021-2022

*Please note that rolling backpacks are not permitted. Middle school students will have lockers for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

When will the schedule of classes be available?

Schedules will be available via RenWeb at the end of orientation week.  Students who have elective options (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) will be able to choose electives before schedules are finalized.

 

What time does school begin and end each day?

School begins at 8am and ends at 3pm.  Students may enter the building by 7:30am as long as two staff members on campus. Please join Deacon Brad for morning prayer in the chapel at 7:35am!

Students are not permitted to stay on campus past 4pm each day unless they are participating in a scheduled STMA club meeting or sports activity.

 

What are the carpool instructions?

Upper School Instructions:

Drivers should enter campus via the back entrance on Spring Court Rd.  Student drivers may park in the back parking lot.  Parent drivers should pass the back parking lot and follow the loop to the right.  Students may exit or enter a parent's car in the courtyard area.  Parents should pull to the right along the curb to allow for the flow of traffic on the left.  As soon as the student exits or enters the parent's car, you may pull away being mindful of any cars passing from the left and exit via the front entrance of the campus. 

Middle School Instructions: same as above until the middle school building renovation is complete

Students should arrive to campus by 7:55am in order to begin classes promptly at 8am.

Afternoon carpool is from 3-4pm.

 

How do I connect with other parents to arrange carpool sharing?

STMA has a google group for parents to exchange carpool, books, and uniforms. If you would like to join this group, please contact Mrs. Stormy Noland.

 

Does STMA have a parent organization?

STMA has a parent organization called the Parent Service Organization (PSO). The PSO is active in serving the school through parents volunteering their time to assist with various event in the life of the school community. If you are interested in volunteering for the PSO, please contact Mrs. Stormy Noland.

 

When will lockers be assigned?

Students will receive their locker assignments during Orientation Week.

 

How is hot lunch ordered?

Please see the Hot Lunch Catering section under the Student Life tab on our website here

 

How can I obtain a Driver's Eligibility Form for my student?

If your student has taken and passed the Driver's Education classes, he/she may receive a Driver's Eligibility Form from STMA before school begins. Please contact Mrs. Ann Cureton for this form.