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Saint Theresa Catholic School adheres to the guidelines established by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department and maintains full accreditation status. We have also been granted full membership status by the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, a distinction that we are honored to have obtained.
Tuition is $8,270 (Kindergarten-8th Grade) or $7,000 (PreK4) per child for members of Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Non-parishioners pay a tuition rate of $9,777 (Kindergarten-8th Grade) or $8,050 (PreK4) per child.
Yes. Saint Theresa Catholic School is committed to making private education as affordable as possible. When applying for admission, parents fill out an online form (the FACTS Grant & Aid form) that helps us objectively assess financial need. Number of children is a very important factor in assessing financial need. There are two forms of tuition assistance available at Saint Theresa Catholic School: Archdiocesan and St. Theresa Catholic School need-based tuition assistance.
Saint Theresa Catholic School uses FACTS to manage tuition payments. All parents will register with FACTS as part of the application process. Those parents who pay in full are not required to pay the service fee of $45 charged to all parents who pay monthly. Those who choose to pay monthly (10-month payment plan) will work directly with FACTS. All monthly tuition payments are due on the 5th of every month. All tuition payments are non-refundable.
FACTS is a tuition management company that works to assist the Principal in managing the tuition payment process. A 10-month payment plan can be established with FACTS if parents do not choose to pay tuition in full. Please see the FACTS link in the admissions section of this website for registering with FACTS. Saint Theresa Catholic School is co-sourcing through FACTS because we believe that working with FACTS will help STCS maintain financial stability while simultaneously reducing its overhead and, therefore, its tuition costs.
The first tuition payment for returning families is due May 5th. This deadline is the same for those who are paying tuition in full and for parents who are paying the annual tuition monthly. By meeting this deadline, parents secure their child’s academic seat. Failure to meet the deadline may result in the student being placed on a waiting list. The second tuition payment is due June 5th. Newly registered families make their first payment (either in full or the first month’s tuition payment) within ten days of being granted provisional acceptance.
The application fee is $150. Payment is part of the application process and must be submitted in order to complete the application process. The application fee is non-refundable.
Our applications will be available online starting February 1, 2017 for new families. For any questions regarding our applications you may call (281) 494-1157, ext. 224 or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to leave your name, phone number and address to assist us in responding quickly to your inquiry.
Students entering the Pre-K4 class must be 4 years old on or before September 1. Students entering the kindergarten class must be 5 years old on or before September 1. Students entering first grade must be 6 years old on or before September 1.
Priority is given to parishioners of Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Members of other Catholic parishes are then considered. We do accept non-Catholic students, however, our primary responsibility is to make the school available to the Catholic community we are commissioned to serve.
First, prospective parents and students fill out and submit an online application form and the application fee to Saint Theresa Catholic School. The Principal reviews the application and requests an interview with the parent and prospective student. After the initial interview, the student may be granted provisional acceptance. All students who are applying for admission into the 2nd through 8th grade classes will take an entrance exam as part of the admissions process. A student moves from provisional to full acceptance into STCS only when both of the following are executed by the parent: a) first tuition payment is submitted to the school through FACTS within ten days of being granted provisional acceptance, and b) one or both parents attend a parent orientation conducted by the Principal for all new parents of the school. The dates of these events are posted in the Admissions section of the STCS website.
Yes, grandparents can function in that manner; however, this principle is not to be extended to other relatives or Godparents.
Our students go on to attend both public and select private schools in our area including The Kinkaid School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, St. Agnes Academy, St. John’s School, St. Thomas High School, Episcopal High School, Awty International, Houston Christian High School, and Fort Bend Christian Academy.
In short, classical education continues a long liberal arts tradition in education that dates back to classical Greece and Rome. By liberal arts we do not mean an education in the Humanities which is bereft of scientific training. Rather, The Liberal Arts historically refers to the seven liberal arts of the medieval curriculum (grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music) of which science and math play an important part. The liberal arts tradition has, throughout the centuries, taken on various forms, but it has always distinguished itself—as it does within the landscape of 20th century American education—by an insistence that the primary goal of education is the cultivation of human freedom. Cultivating such freedom would entail some degree of vocational and civic training, however, liberal educators see such concerns as secondary to a proper transcendental focus. As persons, human beings are distinguished within the created order precisely by their transcendental abilities; animals and insects have “tasks” and “societies,” but human beings are uniquely oriented to contemplation. An educational institution that fails to recognize this essential difference between human beings and animals fails to adequately develop the humanity of its students.
Classical Catholic education is then a liberal—that is, a freeing—education, but it also distinguishes itself in the what and how of education. By “what” it is meant what is taught. At St. Theresa Catholic School we teach Latin (1st -8th grade). We also place a great emphasis on enculturation for our children through a consistent and in-depth exposure to Western history and literature. By “how”, it is meant how one teaches. For example, St. Theresa Catholic School, like any primary school, is concerned to enable our students to read and write but we are unique in the way we accomplish that goal. At St. Theresa Catholic School we model the elegance and structure of the English language through the time honored—but sadly neglected—methods of poetry memorization and recitation, dictation, and copying. Certainly a classical catholic school will share some of the educational practices of other schools; nevertheless, classical schools are quite distinctive and are calculated to produce well adjusted, intellectually capable students.
Certainly not! Aristotle wrote “all men desire to know.” This is a statement we firmly believe. Of course students will always range in aptitude, but we believe that far too many students underachieve. Students often are not expected to achieve, and as a result they do not expect success of themselves. Students are typically bored with school. Unfortunately, they have never been disabused of the notion that knowledge is valuable only in so far as it is useful. As a result, it is hard for them to see the value in learning for learning’s sake. The older a students gets, the more difficult it is to correct years of intellectual malformation. That is why we feel that it is important to have a classical school on the primary level. At St. Theresa Catholic School we instill a love of learning precisely because we do not love learning in so far as it helps us achieve some other end. We see that truth is beautiful in and of itself, and we feel that it is our calling as educators to show children the beauty of truth. So many other schools seems to assume that truth is valuable in so far as it is useful—is it any wonder that students are zoned out?
Children are aware of the fact that eighty percent of what they learn in school will prove unnecessary for their vocational lives. No amount of trickery will fool them into believing otherwise. The key is to have them learn what Aristotle knew long ago: “To seek utility everywhere is most unsuitable to lofty and free natures.” In answering our question, we wholeheartedly say, yes, Classical education is for everyone but the freedom of which Aristotle speaks is something students must acquire as they get older. Developing a love of learning takes time; important habits of the mind form when individuals are young. Therefore, young people are most able to live out the lofty goals of classical education when they are habituated to love the truth at an early age. All men, by nature, “desire to know,” but many young boys and girls are intellectually uninterested because they have been habituated to be uninterested in intellectual matters. We believe your child is, by nature, intellectually curious and we offer an education that builds on that natural orientation. Classical education is certainly tenacious in its insistence on excellence, but it equally insists that it is egalitarian, and not elitist, in outlook.
A few reasons. First we think Latin assists well in the study of English grammar. Second, because it prepares children to easily acquire the romance languages. Latin comprises over 80% of each of these individual languages; therefore, one who learns Latin well has essentially learned all of the Romance languages. Finally, we teach Latin because we want to foster the enculturation of our students through the study of Latin literature. Our students study Latin grammar 2nd through 4th grade, and in 5th grade they begin to read works in the original Latin. It is our intention to develop a lifelong appreciation and consideration of Western literature and culture.
Parents often wonder if private schools are able to match the assistance that many public schools offer students with learning disabilities. This is, of course, a complicated question. For children with significant learning disabilities, a good public school is hard to beat. However, in cases where the learning disabilities are not as pronounced, private schools like St. Theresa Catholic School are able to offer the individualized attention students need to succeed. Our small family environment gives parents access to the teachers and the Principal as they work together for the good of the students. At St. Theresa Catholic School, we are open to the educational recommendations suggested to us by expert learning clinicians and are able to make accommodations, in most cases, for students who have specific learning styles.
The Ward Method is a vocal music curriculum devised by Justine Ward in 1913. It has been recently updated by Music educationalists in a desire to transmit the beauties of the Ward Method to the next generation. In addition to teaching modern musical notation and song, the Ward Method is unique in that it teaches students how to sing Gregorian chant. For more information please see MusicaSacra’s website.
At St. Theresa Catholic School we are committed to keeping the teacher student ratio as low as possible to maximize student learning.
4K 22 students
(11:1 ratio [student:teacher] with full-time paraprofessional)
5K-1 24 students
(11:1 ratio [student: teacher] with a full-time paraprofessional)
2-5 26 students
6-8 28 students
Once a week, grades 2nd thru 4th have a special technology class. We want our students to be as comfortable with modern technology as they are in using a pencil.
We use Singapore Math Series Pre-K4 through 8th grade. The standardized Math curriculum of Singapore has attracted international attention because of its consistent track record of success. The curriculum has been implemented in numerous American schools with significant results. Singapore Math develops a conceptual understanding of Math and excellent problem solving skills through a strong curricular connection between concepts and manipulatives. Please see their website for more information.
The Pre-K4 program is all day and mirrors the K-8th grade day. There is, however, more enrichment and less academic work in the Pre-K curriculum than there is in the older grades.
We do not test children who may be entering Pre-K4 through 1st grade. Children who wish to enroll in 2nd through 8th grade must take an exam as part of the admissions process.
St. Theresa Catholic School, like all other schools belonging to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is a part of Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association (GHCAA). We are also members of the West Houston Christian Sports Association. STCS offers soccer and basketball teams for boys and girls starting in kindergarten.
There is such a group; and if you plan to have a child enrolled at St. Theresa Catholic School, we would like to invite you to join the group. The parent organization will play an important role in ongoing development of our school. In addition to facilitating healthy communication between the parents and leadership of the school, the parents of our organization will help arrange parents-student retreats and the yearly GALA auction.