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Explore the Middle School at Saint Thomas Academy

APRIL 26

Middle School is a world of variety and vitality, and our program immerses students in grades 6-8 in a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment. At Saint Thomas Academy, every student can find a place to shine. You and your son are invited to attend our Explore the Middle School event on Tuesday, April 26. Drop-in between 5:00-7:00 p.m. to meet faculty, current students, parents, tour campus, and see some of our offerings up close and personal. 

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Saint Thomas Academy Middle School - a place for your son to belong

Middle School is a world of variety and vitality, and our program immerses students in grades 6-8 in a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment. At Saint Thomas Academy, every student can find a place to shine.

From Boys to Young Men

Middle School is a time of spectacular growth. Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders leap ahead in maturity, interacting with friends and adults in new ways and making new discoveries about themselves. True enough, Middle School is a time of change—but these are transitions crucial to positive development.”

At Saint Thomas, our boys engage with wonderful challenges. They explore profoundly engaging works of literature and become practitioners of literature themselves. They take on research projects including National History Day, working with primary sources and learning good research practices. In math, they master new challenges, honing their algebraic skills. In the sciences, students learn more about how the world around them works through lectures, labs and discussions that involve problem solving, technological and inquiry-based approaches to learning. We stress a moral dimension to leadership; in theology classes, we seek to help young men be capable, just, compassionate and forthright citizens. Students are introduced to new languages and cultures and can choose to study French, Latin or Spanish

Outside the classroom, students take on leadership roles in our House system, on our stage with VISTA theater and music, and on our athletics fields.  They participate in an ever-changing variety of mixed-grade clubs and activities—from Math Team and Knowledge Bowl to FIRST Lego League and Tech Challenge to Rifle team and Clay Target teams.    Interscholastic sports become a part of each Middle Schooler's experience through a program that involves and supports athletes at every level.

In these years of personal discovery, the Saint Thomas Academy Middle School is fertile ground for discovering and exploring passions and purpose.

Why a Boys' School?

According to the National Coalition of Boys’ Schools, boys attending boys’ schools:

  • Are understood and celebrated
  • Develop into young men of character
  • Know how to make honorable choices
  • Learn effectively from faculty who tailor their courses and teaching to boys
  • Explore diverse interests and pursue their fullest potential
  • Find a new comfort level with nontraditional subjects and activities
  • Become emotionally literate young men
  • Form a bond of brotherhood with classmates that lasts a lifetime

Middle School Director

Michelle Mechtel
mmechtel@cadets.com

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Middle School Administrative Assistant

Sara Krivak
skrivak@cadets.com

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Why did you choose Saint Thomas Academy?

Our community members describe what they love about being part of the Saint Thomas Academy experience.

"I met several of my best, lifelong friends in Middle School, including Nick McCarthy '02, who now teaches Spanish.  You don't think of it when you're 12 years old, but some of these guys you're building relationships with will be among the most important people throughout your life." 
- Tony Capecchi '02

"It starts in Middle School and it's hard to quantify, but these students come out as truly good people - confident, polite and able to relate to others.  Saint Thomas Academy knows how to build great men." 
- Sue Applebaum, mother of Drew '13, Sam '18, and Wil '21

"I love the energy these young men bring to the classroom. They can be themselves without worrying about what young ladies might think. This means they can be goofy or intellectually curious. These young men have wonderful bonds with each other, a brotherhood. Saint Thomas Academy is a special place. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a community."
- Anne Phillips, Mathematics teacher