Streamlining the Admission Process
We recognize that applying can be cumbersome at times, and have compiled a series of frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process.
Q: Can prospective families visit the school?
A: Yes, personalized campus tours are available throughout the week when school is in session. Click here or contact the Admissions Office at 713.666.3111 to schedule tours.
Q: Do you have an equal opportunity admission policy?
A: Yes, Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School boasts a diverse student body. We are proud to welcome students of every faith, race, ethnicity, and national origin, as well as socioeconomic status.
Q: Which grades have the greatest number of openings?
A: We always have openings at the K-Bridge, kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grade levels, and encourage you to check with our Admission Office on availability in other grades.
Q: What is K-Bridge?
A: Some children with summer or fall birthdays, despite being kindergarten age, may need to develop socially and mature before they start kindergarten. Our K-Bridge Program is especially designed to cater to the needs of these students.
Q: Do you have an early childhood program?
A: No. Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church offers a Preschool Program for children ages 24 months through four years of age. This program is run separately from Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School. For more information, please visit stepreschool.org page.
Q: How will I know my application has been received?
A: You will receive an email to confirm our receipt of the application. If you do not receive this within one week of submitting your application, please contact the Admissions Office immediately, 713.666.3111.
Q: What is the annual tuition?
A: While we strive to provide a sound, affordable education to every student, it is important to know tuition and fees are evaluated annually in effort to maintain the same quality of education. Please refer to our Tuition and Fees page to see the cost for this academic year.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: Tuition may be paid annually, semi-annually, or in 10 or 12 monthly installments. All payment options, with the exception of annual, will be collected via ACH or credit card through FACTS Management Company. All tuition payments begin in June. International students must pay tuition and fees in full by June 1.
Q: What is the religious environment like?
A: Our school is the largest outreach mission of Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church. We have chapel daily for approximately 30 minutes, and it is a religious service that includes singing, praying, and reading scripture. All students must participate, regardless of their religion or denomination. Lower School students take Sacred Studies as a part of their curriculum. In Middle School, sixth and seventh grade history classes utilize the Bible as a primary resource. There are no religion classes in Upper School. We are a diverse school and welcome students of different faiths and religious backgrounds.
Q: Why do students take Latin? Is it required?
A: It is required starting in the sixth grade and continues until a student completes the study of Vergil and Caesar. For many students this means they will finish Latin in their junior year.
We believe Latin is important for many reasons. The major language of the Western world for more than two thousand years, it is the parent language of French, Spanish, and Italian, among others, and
is a cousin to Greek, Sanskrit, and the Germanic languages. Thus, a good understanding of Latin facilitates learning both the Romance and the Germanic languages. English itself is overwhelmingly indebted to Latin, and students who take Latin tend to perform better on standardized testing.
It is far easier for a student to learn English vocabulary when the student can analyze the basic Latin roots and infer the definition rather than memorize meanings in a vacuum. Latin is also an invaluable aid in teaching English grammar because basic grammatical concepts become clearer in a student’s mind when presented in the logical structure of the Latin language. The ability logically to deduce sense from statement (i.e., comprehension) is greatly increased. Also, Latin terms are common in many professions including law and medicine.
Q: Can you tell me about safety on campus?
A: Student safety is a priority. We have heart defibrillators, fire extinguishers, and security cameras strategically placed throughout our gated campus. CPR classes are available to employees during the summer, and everyone who works with children at STE must take a Safeguarding God’s Children training course. We also have security personnel that patrol campus and our parking lots.
Q: Why single-gender education from 1st through 8th grades and coed classes from 9th through 12th grades?
A: At STE, we offer the best of both worlds. In earlier grades, our teachers can focus on the unique psychological, academic, and emotional needs of girls and boys. Also, in a single-gender classroom, boys and girls neither posture nor defer to each other. As students grow older, develop more mature social skills, and start preparing for college, coed classrooms best facilitate a holistic learning experience.
Q: How diverse is STE?
A: Racially, 22% of students are Asian, 12% are Hispanic, and 7% are African American. We also enroll students from many different religions including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Our low cost of tuition relevant to other private schools, and our availability of need-based financial aid, allow for a diverse socio-economic community as well.
Q: What are the advantages of attending a private school over a public school?
A: While there is no one educational environment that is right for every student, there are a number of benefits enjoyed by our students and families that are only accessible in a private school. Click here to learn about many of the reasons families choose private education.