Frequently Asked Questions
What type of faith formation takes place for students?
Students participate in daily prayer, weekly masses, and monthly student-led prayer services. Our priests and deacons regularly teach in the classrooms and provide our students with a great time to ask questions and learn from our church leaders. Sacrament preparation takes place in our second grade for reconciliation and first communion. Students are expected to interact with one another and adults in a Christian manner every day.
Does St. Thomas Aquinas Academy participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice program?
Yes, we do. There is a residential and income requirement that is required to be met. Applications can be printed from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website or obtained in our school office. Click here for more information about Choice.
What age must my child be to enroll in 4 or 5 year old Kindergarten? Is Kindergarten full or half day?
Students must be four or five years old on or before September 1st of the school year for which they are applying. Both our K4 and K5 are only offered in full-day format.
Is full-day K4 too much for such a young child?
Our K4 teachers are very understanding and respectful of the students' young age so they are given plenty of time for snacks, bathroom breaks, free play, and rest throughout the day. The kids tend to adjust quickly and easily to attending school for a full day and soon they're looking forward to coming to school to play with their new friends.
What are school hours?
Students are let in the building beginning at 7:40 am with an official start time of 7:45 am. Classes conclude and are dismissed at 3:20 pm. School office hours are 7:30 am-3:30 pm.
Is there before and after school care available?
We have extended care available in both the mornings and afternoons. The doors open at 6:00 am until school begins at 7:45 and care is restarted again at 3:20 until 6:00 pm. Cost for the program is $4 per hour prorated to the quarter hour ($1 per 15 minutes). Students are in a structured environment with the opportunity to complete homework, play games in the gym or on the playground (weather permitting), and watch occasional movies. The program is directed by a school employee.
Will I need to participate in fundraising activities?
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy does not sell anything as part of our fundraising program. We participate in two major fundraisers every year--the Catholic Schools Walk in fall sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and our annual dinner and silent and live auction in the spring. Families are encouraged to be active participants in these fundraisers as they are a major source of income for the school and help to provide the many great programs we have here at STAA. We also participate in the SCRIP program, Boxtops for Education, and Campbell Soup Labels for Education programs.
What are some ways that parents can be involved in the school?
We have developed several opportunities for parents to be active in our school community. Several committees exist to offer a chance to use your many gifts and talents as parents. Our Home and School operates to provide enriching activities for families during and after school. Events such as roller skating nights, picnics, and assorted holiday events provide families opportunities to socialize, let the kids do activities, and provide some much needed fun throughout the year. Our Communications Committee exists to support and enrich the relationship the school holds with our 6 supporting parishes and the greater community. They do a great job of communicating the events and news of the schools with the parishes and community along with providing activities meant to continue our relationship with our parishes including All School Masses and Give Back to Parish events (spaghetti dinners, fish frys, etc.), and providing representation at various festivals and farmer’s markets over the summer. We also have the Development Committee which focuses its efforts on fundraising opportunities for the school. These efforts include all listed above. Whatever your talents or interests, there is something for you to do!
What specials classes do students participate in every week?
All students from K4 through 8th grade participate weekly or biweekly in special classes, including gym, Spanish, computers, music, and library.
Can my child attend St. Thomas Aquinas Academy if he/she is not Catholic?
The cluster parishes and school respect the dignity of the child. Neither race, nationality, nor other forms of discrimination will prevent a child from being accepted into a Catholic school or religious education programs. Children of other religions may be accepted on a seat-available basis unless attendance would cause conflict for the child because of the unique religious philosophy of these education programs.
What is your policy on providing nutritious meals for lunch?
Our goal is to influence students' eating behaviors. Nutrition influences a child's development, health, well-being, and potential for learning. We strive to ensure that all students have access to healthy food choices during school and school functions, provide a pleasant eating environment for students and staff, and allow a minimum of 20 minutes for students to eat lunch and socialize.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Students are required to wear a white, forest green, or approved grey collared shirt with navy or khaki pants. Girls may wear navy or khaki skirts, jumpers, or dresses. We have plenty of dress-down opportunities throughout the year, including generous jeans days, spirit wear days, and special occasions.
Refer to our Parent and Student Handbook for complete details regarding our dress code policy.
How safe is the school?
STAA is located in the quiet and safe neighborhood of Bay View. The building is monitored by cameras both inside and outside the facility. Doors are locked at all times while school is in session and visitors must be buzzed in and immediately report to the school office to sign in. In recognizing the dangers of the world around us, we routinely practice school lock down procedures and immediate danger drills. Our safety is a top priority.