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. 

The admissions packet mailed to each family contains important information, such as an academic calendar (which can also be found here) and math placement letter (for rising 9th graders).

 

When does the academic year begin?

The 2020-2021 academic year will begin in-person, as well as virtually.

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

Freshmen Orientation: Monday, August 10th

Freshmen Math Placement Test: Tuesday, August 11th

Sophomore Orientation: Tuesday, August 11th

Upperclassmen Orientation: Wednesday, August 12th

Middle School Schedule (orientation details will be emailed before orientation)

6th Grade Orientation: Tuesday, August 11th

First day of classes for all students:

Thursday, August 13th

Mandatory New Parent Meeting: Tuesday, August 11th, 6-7pm, virtual event (details will be announced via email before schools begins.)

 

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.

 

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. 

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 admissions@stmacademy.org

*Please note that the formal uniform has been relaxed for the 2020-2021 fall term while masks are mandated. Students may wear any approved STMA uniform Monday-Friday.

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, charcoal, 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:

-Pants (charcoal)

-Skirt/Kilt (black 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:

-Pants (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 or charcoal)

-Skort (knee-length plaid, charcoal, 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 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:

-Charcoal cardigan

Bottoms:

-Pants (charcoal)

-Skirt/Kilt (black or plaid)

Tops:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

Outerwear:

-Charcoal cardigan

Bottoms:

-Pants (charcoal)

-Belt (black)

Tops:

-STMA Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

Shoes/Socks:

-Same as MWF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Is there a summer reading requirement?

Yes, there is a summer reading requirement for all grades.  The titles will be announced via email during the summer months in addition to being provided below. 

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

 

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 (which will be available at the pediatrician's office). 

 

Are there any other activities that occur over the summer?

There will be opportunities for new students to meet over the summer.  These events are organized by parents and will be announced via email. 

Summer sports conditioning schedules and contact information will be emailed to families.

 

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 - Please see our 6th grade supply list here.

*Please note that rolling backpacks are not permitted.

 

When will the schedule of classes be available?

Schedules will be available via RenWeb before school begins.  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.  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?

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. 

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

Afternoon carpool is from 3-4pm.

 

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.