Award Year: 2020
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
1215 N Stratford Lane
Wichita, KS, 67206-1311
Ms. Mary Sweet, Principal at time of Nomination
Mrs. Stephanie Warren, Current Principal
Catholic Diocese of Wichita
Prepare students to be a reflection of Jesus Christ through stewardship, a true sense of belonging, and academic excellence, in preparation for life eternal.
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 71%
- Hispanic: 10%
- Asian: 11%
- Two or more races: 6%
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School serves students from pre-school through eighth grade in the Diocese of Wichita, KS. St. Thomas Aquinas carries out its mission by ensuring that each student is an active participant in its realization.
The school provides opportunities for students to be active stewards for their school, parish, or local communities on a routine basis. For example, each grade level adopts a service project each year that includes serving parish priests, first responders, and food banks.
St. Thomas Aquinas provides students a true sense of belonging through Community Family Days. These days are a highlight for students and staff as big buddies (grades 5-8) are paired with little buddies (K-4) and placed into a family for the year. Many friendships are formed in these families and students and teachers are able to interact with persons outside of their usual scope.
St. Thomas Aquinas prides itself on the quality of its academic program. As a part of promotion, eighth graders are required to complete a culminating project. This semester-long project includes a research paper, interview, visual display, and public presentation over controversial topics. Students receive scores on each piece of the project and an overall cumulative grade. This project has lasting effects as students learn the value of quality research, citing sources, and critical thinking of current events.