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About Saint Thomas More Academy

Saint Thomas More Academy is an apostolate of the parish of Saint Aelred Catholic Church. Saint Thomas More’s mission is to support parents in the Athens-area who wish to educate their children.


Specifically, Saint Thomas More Academy aims to help parents instill in their children a Sacramental Worldview - to see the world with the eyes of Christ, to speak with the language of his Body, the Church, and to walk as his faithful disciple in the world so that students may know, love, and serve the Holy Trinity in this world and receive the gift of eternal blessedness.

This mission is supported by the Four Pillars of Catholic Education, rooted in the medieval Cathedral school model, the time-honored approach to classical Christian education: Sacred Worship, Sacred Wisdom, Sacred Music, and Sacred ArtThe classical seven liberal arts of the Trivium and Quadrivium all fall within these pillars, as well as Theology, the Queen of the Sciences, and Philosophy, her handmaid.

We aim to assist in the cultivation of a sacramental worldview through offering a curriculum and community that helps parents

  1. form their children spiritually through regular instruction in the Catholic Faith and participation in prayer and Mass according to the prescribed forms of Saint Aelred Catholic Church;

  2. immerse their children in the excellence of the Catholic academic tradition; and

  3. imbue in their children a love for the historic Anglican patrimony choral tradition as well as the great artistic treasures of the Church.

Saint Thomas More Academy is the only homeschool enrichment program in the Athens, GA area that is an apostolate of a Roman Catholic Parish. As such, our educational program is uniquely centered on the virtues and on the liturgy. Immersion into the life of the Church, which is immersion into the life of Christ, is at the core of our school. Studies of all other disciplines are hinged on this study and on submission to the life of Christ, who is the true center of education of the whole person.

The Patronage of

Saint Thomas More

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"I die the King's good servant, but God's first."

Saint Thomas More was classically educated and highly accomplished by nearly every standard of his time. Most importantly, he was a champion for the Catholic Faith throughout his life, witnessing to Christ finally as a martyr when called to choose between the goals of the State and Our Lord's Church. Intellectually, he propagated Catholic Humanism as a response to the errors of the Protestant Reformation. His patronage is critical today to a school that aims to train children in the Catholic classical tradition unadulterated by the Secular Humanism which often claims to be modern "classical education." He is also a powerful intercessor in our efforts to place the ultimate emphasis of education on sanctification. 

"[Saint Thomas More] is, for us, the Road Back. For our countrymen, I mean, for southerners ... He is the man to pray to for the conversion of the south. One of the stumbling blocks to the Southerner (or the American) who is drawn to the Church is that he sees not the Church of More, not the English Church which is his spiritual home ..."

- Walker Percy

A.D. 2023-24 Offerings

Saint Thomas More Academy is pleased to offer a two-morning-a-week home education co-operative for students aged 2 -8, and a one-day-a-week full day program for upper elementary and middle school students.. This program will feature elective offerings as well as an integrated academic program. Please see our Prospectus and Curriculum Overviews for details on course offerings by division.
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Ages 3-4 (Limited availability, open to siblings of students)


Ages 4-6 (Pre-K and Kindergarten)



Ages 6-8 (Early Readers)



Level A: Ages 8-10 (Upper elementary)

 Level B: Ages 11-13 (Middle grades)


How do we set out to form young people in a sacramental worldview that will sustain their faith and serve them throughout life?

How do we bring the wisdom of the spiritual, liturgical, and pastoral traditions of English Christianity to bear on education today?

Our heritage in the Ordinariate gives Saint Thomas More Academy a unique emphasis particularly well-suited to meet the needs of students today. Our curriculum stands upon four pillars that support a child's formation of a sacramental worldview. Our Bishop, Steven J. Lopes, defines this worldview as "a view of God, Man, and the right ordering of things so that the world itself and all its wonders is understood as the Burning Bush of God’s revelation."

Sacred Worship


Primacy is given to the daily celebration of the liturgical life of the Church since the first education of the soul is conducted not by programs but by the Word of God and sacramental grace. This is accomplished through the daily celebration of Holy Mass, the source and summit of the life of the Church, and in the daily offering of the Divine Office.


Curriculum Overview

Michaelmas & Candlemas Terms, A.D. 2022-23

Distinctive Curricular Elements


Ages 3-4

Tues. & Thurs.


Saint Thomas More Academy offers a Preschool class for siblings of older students. Preschool will focus on explorative play, engaging students in the development of virtue as well as fine motor, art, and foundational academic skills. The Preschool division seeks to spark the imagination by inviting children to encounter Truth, Goodness, and Beauty through quality children's stories, nursery rhymes, scripture and saint stories, and investigation of the natural world. Additionally, the developing literacy, spatial, and mathematical skills of each student will be cultivated through Montessori-style materials and one-on-one and small group lessons. This approach to phonemic awareness, letter recognition, color, sequence, counting, and pattern allows students to explore and develop in an encouraging and supportive environment that makes learning at each child's pace fun and rewarding. While this curriculum can stand on its own, it is encouraged that parents thread these studies throughout their week, primarily reading aloud to your child from the selections provided. An at-home resources booklet will be provided to parents with studies for continuation at home (i.e., poetry for recitation, musical selections, or backyard nature study activities). These resources will be the same as those in Pre-Primary, encouraging family-style learning for the youngest students.


Ages 4 - 6

Tues. & Thurs.


Pre-Primary students will begin by praying Midmorning Prayer of the Daily Office, practicing reverence and prayerful thanksgiving for our time together. The Circle Time that follows will connect the months, days, natural seasons, liturgical seasons, and lives of the saints. They will learn and commit to memory nursery rhymes, hymns, and prayers, and will be invited to encounter the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in poetry and time-honored classic children's stories. Pre-Primary will also emphasize the story of salvation and the sacramental life of the church through weekly scripture stories and lively catechism stories. Tuesdays in the Pre-Primary division will include collaborative play and outside games, nature study, as well as Montessori-based materials and one-on-one and small group instruction in literacy, math skills, and nature study, as well as Latin through rhymes, stories, and prayers. This Montessori approach allows each child to explore and develop these critical foundational academic skills in an encouraging environment at their own pace, building a strong base for an enquiring and joyful learner. Thursdays invite Pre-Primary students into exploring foundational music skills and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based exploration of prayer, the scriptures, and the Church aimed to introduce children to the Trinity in a reverent but hands-on fashion. While student work in Pre-Primary can stand on its own, it is encouraged that parents thread these studies throughout their week, primarily reading aloud to your child from the selections provided. An at-home resources booklet will be provided to parents with studies for continuation at home (i.e., poetry for recitation, musical selections, or backyard nature study activities).


Ages 6 - 8

Tues. & Thurs.


The curriculum for all Primary Division students will include Calendar, Literature, Catechism, Music Foundations, and Geography on Tuesday and Calendar, Latin, Handcrafts, and Nature Study on Thursdays. Saint Thomas More Academy strives to give each primary student the best foundation for beginning formal lessons and depends upon active parental involvement for the child to progress. Required at-home lessons include weekly lessons in English Lessons Through Literature (Level A), Geography, Catechism, and Latin and recommended activities in Nature Study and Music Foundations. Students will require at-home instruction daily in addition to weekly lessons at Academy which are intended to reinforce progress made at home.


A - Ages 8-10

B - Ages 11-13


8:30 AM - 3 PM

At the Junior levels, Saint Thomas More Academy is pleased to offer a one-day curriculum on Tuesdays consisting of Catholic Culture, Virtues (A)/Logic (B), Grammar & Rhetoric,, Choral Music, Art & Art History, Literature, History, and Nature Study. Literature studies will seek to emphasize the unique contributions of the English Patrimonial tradition. History will be taught by emphasizing its purpose - preparing students to live out the role in God’s story He has chosen for them. Art History will correspond to the time periods covered in History lessons, and will expose students to Truth and Beauty accessible in sacred and secular art. The 2023-2024 academic year will focus on the Enlightenment and American History. Nature Study will aim to hone students’ attentiveness and rootedness, learning about the interconnection of all living things. Virtues, Logic and Catholic Culture are designed to reflect some of the distinctive elements of the English Cathedral Schools of the High Medieval era - rigorous study in philosophy and theology beginning in young adulthood, and all through the eyes of the Church and with worship of the Trinity at the heart of all intellectual endeavors. 


The distinctive criteria for eligibility for the Junior Level is reading fluency, cursive handwriting skills prepared for in-class writing exercises, and an intellectual and moral maturity ready to take on more directed study in specific disciplines. The level of development of these skills and maturity will determine a student’s placement in the A or B level within the Junior Division, in addition to age. Junior A (upper elementary), and Junior B (middle grades) classes will be taught separately, and coursework and content will be fitted to students’ age and ability. This curriculum is designed to supplement home instruction, but will include assignments throughout the week between lessons. More outside-of-class work will be required of Literature, Grammar & Composition, History, and Geography. Other courses’ home assignments will be limited and are designed to be enriching for the whole family. For example, students will be encouraged to hang a print of the artwork studied in their home for admiration and reflection throughout the week, and similarly will be asked to listen to recordings of some of the music studied in choir throughout the week.

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