We will be accepting applications for students in every grade for the 2020 - 2021 school year in January 2020. There will be approximately 130 spaces for grade eight students. Spaces will become available for students in other grades only when a current student does not indicate their intention to return. Grade eight students must complete an application form and write the placement exam held annually at the end of February. Students are accepted on the basis of their category status and on the results of the placement exam.
For purposes of admission to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Categories are defined as the following table:
All other families except International Students.
Grade 8 Applicants
No applications for grade eight will be accepted before January 1 of the year they intend to enrol. At that time parents may fill in the “Registration for Grade 8 Placement Exam” form and submit it to the school. These forms are available at the Catholic elementary schools on the North Shore, at the parishes, and at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
All those who submit this form will receive a package containing information regarding Open House and the Placement exam. After the Placement exam at the end of February, successful Category 1 students will be mailed a complete application package. If spaces remain, Category 2 students and Category 3 students will be sent application packages in April.
Grade 9-12 Applicants
At any time after January 1 of the year they plan to enrol, families should contact the school Registrar, Mrs. Barbara Dougan, and they will be placed on the waiting list and for available spaces in other grades. The student’s category status and the date of the application will be considered in admission. Parents can anticipate a response from the school after the March registration for current students is completed.
School fees are set by the Education Committee in accordance with CISVA guidelines and vary with registration category. Fee schedules will be available in March at the school office.
Through a tuition assistance program S.T.A. endeavors to ensure that no student is denied a Catholic education because of financial difficulty. Those families who may require financial assistance should speak to their pastor or the Tuition Chairperson of the Education Committee. All communication will be strictly confidential.
A student's appearance presents an image of our school to the community. It also has an impact on his/her attitude and behavior, and thus, the learning process. Respect for the individual and the school is manifested by an attitude of careful dressing for school. Students are to dress with a sense of decorum befitting an academic environment. The dress code is based on modesty, neatness, cleanliness, good taste and safety.
Hair, beards and moustaches must be neatly groomed. Hair should be no longer than earlobe length and to the collar at the back.
Gym Strip (girls & boys)
All students are required to wear regulation gym strip:
Outerwear consists of black P.E.(Physical Education) S.T.A. sweatpants, grey P.E. sweatshirt, or S.T.A. Team sweatshirts and pants in any of the school colors: black, red or grey.
Students are expected to arrive and depart from school in full uniform.
Students' jewelry should be consistent with the dress code. Exaggerated hair cuts, hair dyed unnatural colors and excessive make-up are not acceptable.
The entire uniform except shoes is purchased through:
Cambridge & Company
135-1305 Welch Street
- Please read and complete the Criteria for Acceptance of International Students and the International Student Application Form.
- Send with the completed Application Forms, a copy of your Student Visa (if you have one), a copy of a transcript of your most recent marks with an English translation if necessary and the $275 application fee. For information regarding dress code and uniforms please return to the Admissions page.
Please note that completing these forms does not guarantee acceptance.
Good luck and thank you for your interest in our school!
- The students must have attained a level of spoken and written English that will enable them to study the secondary school curriculum. There are no English as a Second Language courses offered at St. Thomas Aquinas. Students may be required to attend English as a Second Language courses after school hours.
- International students should be at least 16 years of age or living with a parent.We have no dormitory facilities and students must arrange their own homestay placements. We strongly recommend that the student stays with an English speaking family.
- Students must submit a transcript of their most recent marks. Please provide an English translation if necessary.
- Students residing in Canada must submit a copy of their Student Visa and a copy of their guardians Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigrant document.
- Students applying from outside of Canada should take their Letter of Acceptance to the Canadian Immigration office nearest them to apply for a Student Visa. This procedure can take 6-8 weeks.
- If possible, the applying student and guardian should make an appointment for an interview with the principal.
- Standards regarding absenteeism and participation in extra-curricular activities must be agreed to at the time of application. Chronic tardiness and absenteeism will be dealt with very seriously and could result in students losing the Student Visa status in Canada.
During a catastrophic event, parents are asked to observe the following:
Please continue to monitor THIS web page for important information and updates. We will post what you need to know right here as soon as we are able to. Please remember that the school may have suffered a loss of power affecting our computer.
Please do NOT call the school. We require our office staff and telephone lines to be kept free for emergency work on behalf of our students and staff. Please remember that the school may have suffered a loss of power or telephone service.
Please do NOT attempt to drive down to the school. During a catastrophic event, many roads and bridges would be impassable or off limits to regular traffic.
Our Student Release Team will contact parents or adults designated as emergency contacts to arrange for collecting your child.
The PA has supported our school in the past by providing funds for the following:
Purchase of new STA athletic tents.
Purchase of Fine Arts/Drama equipment.
The PA supports graduating students by offering:
Grade 12 Scholarships – bursaries are awarded to graduating STA students.