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:
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;
immerse their children in the excellence of the Catholic academic tradition; and
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
"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 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. 2021 Offerings
In the Aquinas and Ascension Terms, Saint Thomas More Academy will offer a two-day program for Preschool and Primary (K-1) students, and a one-day program for Junior and Intermediate students (Grades 2-8). This one-day program will feature elective offerings, with the hope of expansion in the 2021-2022 school year to a two-day offering with a comprehensive academic program.
DIVISION OF STUDENTS
Preschool - Ages 2 - 4
Primary - Grades K - 1
Junior - Grades 2 - 5
Intermediate - Grades 6-8
Tuesdays (Preschool and Primary) & Thursdays (Omnes)
Aquinas and Ascension Terms, A.D. 2021
Distinctive Curricular Elements