Domestic Students

Admissions at St. Thomas Aquinas is a two-step process. Please note that completing an application does not guarantee acceptance to the school.


We begin accepting applications from October for the subsequent school year (For e.g. October 2023 for school year 2024-2025) for all grades.

Download application form

All completed application forms should be submitted to our school registrar, Ms. Christina Donovan via email – or dropped off at the school office between 9am-4pm. There is no application fee.

Application to St Thomas Aquinas includes the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Supporting documentation
  • Family interview (families outside of STA feeder schools only)
  • Placement exam (for all Grade 8 applicants only)

Application Deadline: All application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted to the school by Friday, December 1, 2023.


The review committee will take into consideration the student’s category and application submission date when making a decision. Please note:

  • There will be approximately 120 spaces for Grade 8 students. All students from our Catholic elementary schools (‘feeder schools’) are given priority for registration but must complete the application process.
  • All new applicants for Grades 9-12 will be placed on a waitlist. The school will revert with a decision once registration for current students has been completed, generally by March end.
  • Returning Registration (Current Students)
    Re-registration of current students is conditional upon previous satisfactory behaviour and academic standing. Registration will not be accepted from families who have an outstanding account with the school.
  • Parents of new students from other schools, non-Catholic families as well as international students will receive a response from the school after the registration for current students and registration for students from our feeder schools is completed.
  • Once a student is accepted to STA you will receive the Registration Package which includes the Registration Handbook, required forms along with useful information.

Student Categories

There are four categories of students eligible for admissions:

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
Qualifying Catholic Parishioner

registered in one of the supporting regional North Shore parishes

regularly attending Mass at that parish

using Sunday envelopes (no amount specified) from that parish on a regular basis

participating in the work activities required of them in that parish

Non-Qualifying Catholic Parishioner

registered members of a regional Catholic parish but DO NOT meet all the requirements of Category 1 as described.

Non-Regional Catholic Parishioners

registered and practicing members of the Catholic parish outside the North Shore


All other families except International Students

International Students

Different criteria and admissions requirements

School Fees, Awards & Financial Assistance

School fees are set by the Regional Education Committee (REC), in accordance with CISVA guidelines and vary according to the registration category. As a faith-based independent school, we are able to generate a charitable donation tax receipt for the tuition you pay. This receipt can be used as a deduction on your annual income tax form.

Those families who require financial assistance should speak to their pastor or the Tuition Chairperson of the Education Committee. Students can also avail of merit-based scholarships and awards offered by the school or the Ministry of Education for outstanding achievements in a subject, area of study, personal growth or contributions to the community.

Regional Parish Subsidy to the School
All parishes served by the regional high school contribute financially to support the school’s operational costs. The contribution of each Parish is calculated using a formula that takes into account the number of students attending the regional school from that parish, multiplied by the subsidy figure agreed upon by the pastors. The parishes only pay the subsidy for Category 1 students.

There are five main types of school fees:

  1. Registration Fee
    • The registration fee is due once you move forward in the registration process and submit all the forms
    • No post-dated cheques will be accepted.
    • This fee is non-refundable.
  2. Tuition Fee
  3. Parent Participation Fee
  4. Activity Fee
    • Payable on the first day of school in September 2024 by cheque or cash
  5. Special Activity Fee
    • Specific fees are applied to specialized curricular and extra-curricular programs that vary from year to year. This includes fees for Active Living 11/12 and PHE Academy and Kaizan.
Fees for Academic Year 2024-2025
1 Student 2 Students 3 Students
Registration Fee $275

CC $281


CC $399


CC $456

Parent Participation Fee $ 65.00

CC $66.00


CC $102.00


CC $102.00

Tuition Fee CATEGORY 1

(Qualifying Catholics)


(Non-qualifying OR
Non-Regional Catholics)



International Students
1 Student $460/month

CC $472/month



CC $641/month




CC $943/month



Please contact the office for details
2 Students $895/month

CC $917/month




CC $1,240/month




CC $1,835/month



Please contact the office for details
3 Students $1,112/month

CC ($1,140/month)




CC $1,540/month


$15,020/ year


CC $2,280/month



Please contact the office for details


Payment Options


Tuition Fees

Annual Tuition – advance payment in full by credit card or cheque.

Monthly Tuition – payments can be made by:

  • Submitting a pre-authorized payment form and provide a void cheque from your account. The monthly tuition will be withdrawn from your account on the first of each month
    – OR –
  • Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa)
    – OR –
  • Submitting 10 post-dated cheques (dated 1st of each month, September thru June)

Parent Participation Fees

Annual – advance payment in full by credit card or cheque.

  • 1 student: $650
  • 2+ students: $1,000

Monthly – participation payments can be made by:

  • Submitting a pre-authorized payment form (a void cheque is required). The monthly participation fee will be withdrawn from your account on the 15th of the month.
  • Submitting 10 post-dated cheques (dated 15th of each month September thru June)

Note: All credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge