Although St. Thomas’s does not have a fall cut-off date, the vast majority of our kindergarten students turn five-years-old by early fall. If your child is turning five between October and December, we will consider them for admission to Kindergarten. Admissions decisions are made with the best interests of each child in mind. Kindergarten readiness is extremely important with regard to success and a child’s self-esteem and well-being. It is important to make sure that when your child begins school he or she is developmentally ready to learn and participate in classroom activities.
How many students are typically in each grade?
St. Thomas’s typical class size is approximately 20-22 students. Our faculty and staff truly know each individual child and create a learning environment that maintains the delicate balance of challenge and joy in learning.
Do you accept students in grades one through six?
We enroll students into grades one through six based on attrition. So while Kindergarten is our largest entry point, we do often enroll students into other grade levels.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes. St. Thomas’s students wear the school uniform. The uniform policy serves the mission of the School because it frees young children to concentrate on their work and friendships without competition or distraction. Various options are available, but all students must dress in accordance with the uniform policy of the school. On occasion, the school has dress down days.
Do you have a hot lunch program?
Students pack their lunch daily however; pizza lunch can be purchased for Wednesday lunch for the entire school year. Snack is provided during aftercare.
Does St. Thomas's offer a tuition discount for multiple children attending the school?
Although St. Thomas’s Day School does not offer multi-child discounts, the school maintains a financial aid program to ensure that the most qualified families have the opportunity to attend our school regardless of financial circumstances. There are a number of payment options that families utilize to keep costs within reach. Please see Affordability and Tuition for more information.
What are the school hours and do you have extended day programs?
St. Thomas’s school day is 8:15 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Extended day is offered daily until 5:30 p.m. and early morning drop off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Do you offer transportation?
Bus transportation is available to New Haven residents. Please note the bus departs St. Thomas’s immediately following dismissal at 3:00 p.m. Families attend St. Thomas’s from over 20 different communities, so carpooling is also an option. Please confirm the operation of busing with the city of New Haven transportation office.
Does St. Thomas's teach religion?
St. Thomas’s has a thoughtful and inclusive program that focuses on the academic study of religion, rather than the practice. Our goal is to provide a foundation for understanding the role and impact of religion in people’s lives, and to share practices and beliefs from around the globe.