School Details

St. Thomas Aquinas School

4600 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 255-6244
8

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 219 students 13 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

92%
85%
96%
79%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
82%
81%
79%
92%
78%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
78%
91%
86%
96%
67%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
78%
88%
82%
92%
64%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
75%
92%
78%
88%
71%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
73%
80%
80%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
70%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

St. Thomas Aquinas School is a private middle school in Indianapolis. The principal of St. Thomas Aquinas School is Mrs Cara Swinefurth, whose e-mail is cswinefurth@staindy.org. 219 students go to St. Thomas Aquinas School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0% of the St. Thomas Aquinas School students have "limited English proficiency." 0.5% of the 219 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas School is 13:1. Immaculate Heart of Mary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% %
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 12% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.5% None%
Limited English proficiency 0% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    We have been very pleased with STA. The teachers have alot of input into how they teach the curriculum and we have seen first hand how they can adjust for a child who needs help or extra encouragement. The community of parents at STA is really terrific; the whole atmosphere here is one of high expectation--STA is very focused upon building individual character; good citizens with strong morals. And they teach cursive. A big plus in my book!

  • (1 year ago)

    St. Thomas was awarded a 4-star rating this year. First time since IDOE started this assessment 5 years ago. The principal and staff have worked very hard the past 2 years to make it even better. We've been very impressed with the changes.

  • (1 year ago)

    The best thing about St. Thomas is the fact that it is a true neighborhood school and its acceptance of unique kids and diversity. The education is good but not stunning or the absolute best in the city. There is socioeconomic diversity but the well-to-do families are very down to earth. I wish there were more than 1 classroom per grade but I wouldn't want my child at any other school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Although no school will be able to please every kid or parents for that matter the community of St. Thomas has been wonderful and the education fantastic. My kids were at another catholic school in their early grades but there wasn't much direction at the time so we transferred here. Now one is at the Township HS with High Honors and the other is about to decide where he will go. The education prepares the kids as good as any other school but a lot of this has to do with the parental involvement. Also if you don't want the school or parish to 'hound" you while fundraising go public you are already paying for that as well as everyone else.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am very impressed with the new principal and I am confident she is going to take St. Thomas from being a great school to an even better one. We have been pleased with the strong and caring teaching staff and the wonderful community there.

  • (2 years ago)

    After averaging 1 review a year I find these recent glowing reviews suspicious. We have been very disappointed with the new principal and staff. It has been very chaotic and communication is lacking. The community and families are very welcoming and friendly and the kids are great.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love it! St. Thomas is a small neighborhood school where everyone knows each other and looks out for each other. It is a place where people of all races religions and economic backgrounds are welcome. The school is very strong academically and has an excellent differentiated learning program. We are so happy that we found St. Thomas for our children.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been thrilled with St. Thomas. Very positive environment teaches kids about community and important life skills as well as having a strong curriculum and good teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a very welcoming school. There is great communication among parents teachers and administration. The curriculum is comprehensive and the children learn important life skills.

  • (3 years ago)

    The sixth grade teacher is horrible and the school won't do anything about it despite concerns raised by parents. Looking for a different school for our children for the sixth grade.

  • (5 years ago)

    Academically St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the best in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. And the community aspect is great.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the best catholic grade schools in Indianapolis. Friendly atmospere and great opportunities to expand in academics.

  • (6 years ago)

    Simply one of the worst schools my child ever attended. Classes offered do not cover even the basic necessities for entering high school. Constantly badgered about fund raising regardless of high tuition.

  • (7 years ago)

    Transferred 2 daughters to this school last year to grades 1 and 5. Very strong academics and sports program.

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

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