Get Involved at STE
Aside from exemplary education and a vibrant performing and visual arts program, Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School offers students a variety of on-campus activities designed to promote character building and leadership.
Alpha Charity League
The Alpha Charity League (ACL) is a nonprofit, mother/son service league. ACL’s mission is “fostering mother and son relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, and leadership development.” Our members’ common values are to continue to be involved in a meaningful way in our sons’ lives and share the importance of community service.
Members join in an open enrollment process during their 7th, 8th, and 9th grade years.
ACL works exclusively with charities that our members brought to the league and have developed long-term, in-depth relationships with, allowing us to continue to interact with our approved charities in a very meaningful way.
ACL is designed to enable mothers to continue to be involved in their sons’ lives as they evolve into teenagers and learn to manage the challenges of high school. This organization is “driven” by the boys once it is established. Therefore, the time commitment is very manageable for moms.
Some of the benefits of ACL membership:
- Continued interaction with our sons
- A public venue where our sons can be proud of us (and is perceived as socially acceptable!)
- Leadership opportunities for the boys
- Chance for the boys to be able to keep in touch with friends that may go to different schools
- Exposure and experience with many different types of charities
- Create a group identity membership of boys (all of the same graduating class), work toward common goals (charity work), and, at the same time, provide the boys with opportunities for leadership positions, teamwork, responsibility, and a sense of purpose.
- Ability to stand out on college applications with our charitable activities
- Create a legacy in which both mom and son can later reflect upon as a positive and rewarding experience with tangible results from a common purpose (charity/community work and the outcomes of these efforts)
For more information, please visit our website.
Awaken the Dawn
This group of upper school students and teachers gather in the theater for a time of prayer, praise and Bible study. Awaken the Dawn is open to any interested upper school student. Members sing songs of praise, read a Bible passage, and share their thoughts.
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Junior Cotillion (offered by the National League of Junior Cotillions) on our campus. Participants receive instruction and practice in etiquette, manners, character education and traditional dancing. Cotillion, which meets on campus one evening a week for five weeks beginning each January, culminates with the Cotillion Ball at a local country club in February.
HOPE Club is dedicated to community outreach. Students meet bi-weekly to plan and organize upcoming service projects. Monthly projects have included work at the Food Bank, Life House, Open Door Mission, CCSC, Nehemiah Center, and various churches as well as in house work here at STE.
Cub Scout Pack 1226, Boy Scout Troop 1226 and various Girl Scouts meet on the STE campus.
Student Ambassadors are middle and upper school volunteer representatives who help at open houses, Grandparents’ Day, new student testing, shadowing, kindergarten acceptance parties, and other school events. Ambassadors greet guests, give tour guides, and answer questions from parents and students.
Comprised of elected homeroom representatives, as well as representatives from other student activities such as athletics, band, and music, the Student Foundation’s main purpose is to serve St. Thomas. Student Ambassadors and Honor Council members are members of Student Foundation. These students volunteer at STE functions, including events such as Fall Fair, Spaghetti Dinner, and Open Houses. Student Foundation also sponsors a Teacher Appreciation Week and provides signage in the high school building in support of our sports, music and academic teams.
The upper school Honor Council is comprised of four seniors and four juniors.
The Headmaster and upper school teachers nominate junior students at the beginning of each year, and then their classmates vote on the list of nominees. Elected juniors serve for two years.
In its judicial role, The Honor Council reviews and judges any case that comes before it concerning violations of the school’s Honor Code.
It then makes recommendations for action to the Headmaster, where the final appeal rests.
The Honor Council discusses the Honor System at the beginning of the year at a student assembly and at other appropriate times during the year.