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The Choir School’s individualized academic support offers each student multiple pathways to develop academic confidence in pursuit of fulfilling their potential.

Due to the small class sizes at Saint Thomas, teachers differentiate classroom strategies and curricula for each year’s set of students. The faculty closely monitors students’ progress and works collaboratively on solutions to help each student succeed through formal weekly staff meetings and informal daily check-ins. Full time teachers devote considerable time outside of class to working with students individually. Study hall is supervised by the academic teaching staff, and is another time for students to ask questions and pursue deeper understandings.

Additionally, in order to help a student keep up academically or to address learning challenges, outside tutors can be scheduled during the study hall periods throughout the week in consultation with the parents. Tutors are engaged through the Choir School and are paid directly by the parent.

Advisor Program

The advisor program at Saint Thomas provides a special, extra-curricular link between students and faculty members. Each class is assigned to a team of faculty advisors who remain their advisors until 8th grade, at which point the high school placement advisor takes over. Advisors offer guidance and insight and over the course of several years, build trust their advisees through communication and shared experiences.

Advisor groups meet weekly to discuss the days ahead and to improve skills such as study strategies and assignment planning. The groups also plan their own parties during Christmas season and at the end of the school year. The Choir School is already a familial environment, and the advisor program establishes a deeper relationship in which the students always have an advocate and personal mentor throughout their time at Saint Thomas.

Advisors also serve as the primary contacts for parents regarding how their sons are doing academically and socially. Advisors send out reports each October updating the parents about their sons’ progress, and are always available to speak with parents about any concerns they may have.