Saint Thomas More Catholic School

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Basic Information

Address: 630 W. Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030
County: DeKalb
School District: DeKalb
Phone Number: 4043738456

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Additional Information

President: Principal: Mrs. Shaun Bland
School Type: Catholic School
Founded: 1950
Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade
Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta
School Setting:

Our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence is located on the western edge of beautiful downtown Decatur, Georgia adjacent to its parish, Saint Thomas More Catholic Church.

School Size: 480
Classroom Size: 22-28
Student/Teacher Ratio: between 11:1 to 28:1 in older grades

Active Catholic Students pay $8,551, Non-Catholic students pay $11,767

Financial Aid:

The Archdiocese of Atlanta and Saint Thomas More Catholic School offer financial aid for qualifying families based on documented need.


Saint Thomas More Catholic School models the Jesuit traditions of the development of the whole child: intellectual, emotional, physical, moral, social, spiritual, and sacramental. The faculty and staff at Saint Thomas More work together to help every child achieve their fullest potential. Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies and differentiate their instructional approaches to meet the diverse needs of all students.

Support Services:

Along with differentiated instructional approaches in the classroom, we have a Student Support Team who is able to develop a plan to help students meet their full potential.

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: No
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Technology at Saint Thomas More School goes beyond a computer lab. All of our buildings are networked and each classroom is equipped with a variety of technology tools, including Clear Touch Interactive boards. The campus-wide wireless network enables students to use iPads, Chromebooks, and virtual reality. Our primary and intermediate levels share mobile iPad labs and Chromebooks which are used to enhance classroom instruction. Middle school students participate in a 1:1 Chromebook program. Beginning in 6th grade, each student is provided with a school issued Chromebook to use at school and at home to complete classwork and homework.

School Championships:

Religion Bee
Geo Bee
Spelling Bee
Academic Bowl
Chess Tournaments
Middle School Science Fair
Battle of the Books
Math Counts

Uniform Guidelines:

All students are required to wear a school uniform.

Mission Statement:

Saint Thomas More School is a joyful learning community reaching out to the world as the hands of Christ. We use an integrated educational approach, along with the principles of Catholic teaching, to bring together faith and technology, body and mind, creativity and reason, science and religion. As we impart our lessons with kindness and high expectations, we nurture students into confident, life-long learners who can serve God and make moral decisions based on Gospel values.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our Values

With Catholic beliefs as our creed, the message of the Gospels nurtures our students’ spirituality.

Each and every student can realize her or his own level of brilliance. Saint Thomas More School uses a rigorous curriculum and a holistic approach that guides our students to reach their goals.

Children are a gift from God. At Saint Thomas More School, students feel loved and supported as they learn to their fullest potential, about Christ, about the world, and about life.

Our students are regularly called to work for and witness God through prayer, service and activities in our parish and throughout the wider community.

Whole Child Approach
God blesses each person with unique abilities. We help students discover their strengths and develop a base of self-assurance on which to build success.

Home and School Union
Education and faith begin at home. Saint Thomas More School serves as a collaborative partner with parents to help children foster a life filled with learning and growth. Our students take with them the lessons they’ve learned and the friendships they’ve forged.

Inclusive Sanctuary
We are an open, caring community, in partnership with families and parishes, where everyone is welcomed. We celebrate diversity, embracing people of all cultures and faith traditions with kindness and respect. Our learning environment is a place where students feel accepted, safe, and secure.

School History:

For over 69 years, Saint Thomas More Catholic School has provided education combining academic excellence and Gospel values to children in Decatur, Georgia and the surrounding communities. On September 1, 1950, our school opened with approximately 140 children in grades 1-5. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur staffed the school. Grades 6, 7, and 8 were added in successive years. In June 2000, the last of the teaching sisters of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur retired. The convent building was renovated to house parish offices, meeting spaces, and additional classrooms. In 2002, St. Thomas More constructed the Notre Dame de Namur Center, a multipurpose building with a full-sized gymnasium, stage, and music and band rooms. In early 2016, Archbishop Wilton Gregory invited priests of the Society of Jesus to staff Saint Thomas More parish. With their arrival, the parish school took on the characteristics of a school in the tradition of the Jesuits, although still governed by the policies set of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Notes/School Information:

Academic excellence. Joyful learning. Abundant faith.

From the moment you step on to our campus at Saint Thomas More Catholic School, you can feel the difference. Joy is abundant. Our happy students are engaged in learning from our dedicated and highly qualified faculty in an academically challenging, innovative, faith-filled and rewarding learning environment.

As a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence serving K-8th grade students, we provide an academically challenging and engaging education. We are a Catholic school inspired by the Jesuits to seek God in all things. In developing both our students' minds and souls to the fullest, they are prepared to use their talents when reaching out compassionately in service for others.