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.
- Can prospective families visit the school?
- Do you have an equal opportunity admission policy?
- Which grades have the greatest number of openings?
- Do you have an early childhood program?
- How will I know my application has been received?
- What is the annual tuition?
- When is tuition due?
- What is the religious environment like?
- Why do students take Latin? Is it required?
- Can you tell me about safety on campus?
- Why single-gender education from 1st through 8th grades and coed classes from 9th through 12th grades?
- How diverse is STE?
- What are the advantages of attending a private school over a public school?
A: As a member of Houston Area Independent Schools (HAIS), Saint Thomas' Episcopal School adheres to the following non-discriminatory policy:
HAIS NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
Houston Area Independent Schools admit students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at these schools. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A: It is required in the fourth through seventh grades and optional in eighth grade and higher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Learn more about many of the reasons families choose private education.
If you have additional questions about STE or the admissions process, contact our Admissions Staff at 713.666.3111.