"The education and development of a child in all of the basic areas-spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional- are desirable and achievable in the preschool and elementary years. St. Thomas instills in the children a sense of excellence and achievement.
An Episcopal school can teach and be directed by Christian values, and at the same time, welcome, respect, and celebrate diversity of both faith and culture.
A school should be like an extended family with teachers, administrators, and children all part of a network that cares, supports, and communicates. A sense of shared commitment between the school and its families is essential.
Because the early years are the foundation for future learning, and, in fact, for life-long learning, the elementary school emphasis should be on reading, writing, math, and the sciences. In addition, children are well served by exposure to the arts, social sciences, physical activities, and technology where they can discover their own talents and interests.
Children thrive in an atmosphere that is challenging and affirming, as opposed to an atmosphere that emphasizes competition between the students.
Children learn best when they are placed in classrooms with small class size and receive individual attention by teachers who are selected for their dedication, professionalism, and love for children. The school curriculum caters to the individual and meets individual needs.
Students, when taught in early years to care about God, themselves and others, and to be good citizens, will retain the foundation and assume adult leadership roles in which they respond to the needs of others in their communities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website