Academy teachers excel at educating and inspiring young men to achieve their academic and personal goals. Approximately 85% of the teachers hold a Masters or Ph.D. in their fields of expertise.
Faculty and staff are routinely provided with training, research, and resources geared toward providing the best educational environment for boys, which includes, but is not limited to, keeping an average class size of 17 students and a strong student/teacher ratio of 10:1. Saint Thomas Academy has one of the smallest class size average in the Twin Cities. This enables the teachers to know each student and help him achieve his goals.
More than 70% of the faculty serve as coaches and moderators for the co-curricular programs, enhancing the personal relationships with their students.
Saint Thomas Academy graduation requirements include successful completion of a minimum of the following academic courses (9th to 12th grade).
English - Four years
Fine Arts - Half year
Health - Half year
Leadership - Four years (or each year at STA)
Mathematics * - Three years
Physical Education - Two years
Science (Laboratory) * - Three years (biology and chemistry required)
Social Studies - Three years to include: World History (1 year) and U.S. History (1 year)
Theology - Four years (or each year at STA)
World Language * - Three years/third level (same language in high school)
* Most selective colleges expect four years or more of math, science and world language if available in high school.
Descriptions for individual courses are listed to the left under each topic.
In addition to the academic requirements, all graduating seniors must have completed 100 hours of community service and delivered a "Senior Speech" to the student body at Formation. Students demonstrate competency in the computer skills of word processing, database management and spreadsheet operation throughout academic courses.