St. Thomas More Academy

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St. Thomas More Academy
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3109 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, (Wake County) 27616
United States
Coordinates 35°51′21″N 78°35′18″W / 35.85583°N 78.58833°W / 35.85583; -78.58833Coordinates: 35°51′21″N 78°35′18″W / 35.85583°N 78.58833°W / 35.85583; -78.58833
Type Private, Coeducational, College Preparatory
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 2002
Headmaster Deacon Brad Watkins
Staff 4
Faculty 15
Grades 912
Enrollment 180+ (2015)
Mascot Chancellor
Average SAT scores 1600-1900
Tuition $6,500
Registrar Ms. Ann Cureton
Dean of Studies Dr. Wesley Kirkpatrick
College Placement 100% of Graduating Seniors

St. Thomas More Academy (STMA) is a private, co-educational, college preparatory high school operated by Catholic laymen. It is operated independent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. It serves students and their families in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.


The school was founded in 2002 to meet the growing needs of Raleigh Catholics. Some of these families approached Bishop Francis Joseph Gossman about starting and gaining approval for this independent school to operate. The first classes were held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh. The school relocated to a larger facility at Paragon Park Road in Raleigh in 2004. In 2006 the school relocated to a larger space on Spring Forest Road. Since that time the school has grown and opened a new three-acre campus in August 2007. In 2012, the campus was further expanded to include a second building. The campus houses classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, two theaters, a library, and a chapel.[citation needed]

The school's strong academic program has attracted attention. 100% of graduates have been admitted to four-year colleges, many in the top-tier. In 2013, the school was named a Medal School by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in recognition of superlative academic achievement and student motivation toward careers in science, engineering and technology. Colgate, Davidson, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt were among the nationally recognized colleges that admitted students from the school's class of 2015.[citation needed]

Student life[edit]

Service and outreach work is a requirement for all students at St. Thomas More Academy. Freshmen serve the young at St. Joseph Preschool, Sophomores feed the hungry at the Raleigh Rescue Mission and at Catholic Parish Outreach, Juniors care for the elderly at Raleigh Heritage Senior Living Center, and Seniors work at Habitat for Humanity construction sites to build shelters for the homeless. Every year a group of students from St. Thomas More Academy joins the Bishop of Raleigh and other members of the Diocese in Washington, D.C. at the March for Life.

St. Thomas More Academy offers a variety of clubs, special events, and sports. More than seventy-five percent of the student body is engaged in extracurricular activities, with most programs being started through the initiative of students. Among the many clubs and student groups offered at the school are Chess, Debate, Film, Food & Cookery, Math, Philosophy, Pro-Life Witness, the Honduras Mission Group, Rocket Science, Science Olympiad, Future Farmers of America, Self-Defense, and Weightlifting.


St. Thomas More is a member of the Carolina Independent Conference. Sports offered include soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, track & field, and baseball.

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