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St. Thomas the Apostle School was established in September of 1946 staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The first classrooms were located at Sherman Indian High School where Saint Katherine Drexel also taught. The Sisters’ leadership at the school lasted more than 50 years and currently the school is staffed by dedicated lay teachers and staff. The Franciscan order of priests led the parish until 2001 when St. Thomas the Apostle became staffed by Diocesan priests. Fr. Ted Drennan is the current Parochial Administrator supported by Fr. Celestine Afugwobi, Parochial Vicar, and Deacon Raúl Michel. 

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St. Thomas began as a first through eighth grade school and has grown to include TK and Kindergarten. Over the years, there have been several improvements made to the campus: security fencing, covered eating area, full basketball court, large play structure and swing set, an updated permanent field building with restrooms for students, double-pane security classroom windows and updated doors. The school uses fiber optic internet, iPads and chrome-books for all students, and large interactive Mimeo boards in every classroom. Several portable keyboards were purchased and the school converted a music room in the Parish Hall. The school offers weekly lessons with a music teacher for all interested students. The parish provides weekly Mass for the students and also leads an extensive Altar Server program for grades four through eight.

Mission Statement

St. Thomas the Apostle School provides a quality education founded upon the principles of our Catholic identity. St. Thomas the Apostle School works in partnership with parents to build a strong foundation for the lifelong spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical well-being of our children.


At St. Thomas the Apostle School, we believe that all children are unique and created in the image and likeness of God. Partnering with parents, the school offers a quality, Catholic education based on the values and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Students strengthen their faith, sense of community, and commitment to social justice by participating in religion classes, prayer, social projects, and attending Mass. Students learn to be effective communicators by speaking, listening, and writing in the various curriculums. At St. Thomas School we educate the whole child. The goals are for students to become lifelong learners, ambassadors of hope to the world, and to develop a love of faith and respect for all human life.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

TK – 4th Grade
A. To be Faith-Filled Catholics who:
     1. Get to know God by praying everyday and learning about the sacraments.
     2. Know what the Catholic Church teaches.
     3. Live like Jesus.
B. To Be Lifelong Learners who:
     1. Love to learn and do new things.
     2. Use thinking skills to make decisions.
     3. Grow up to be what they want to become.

C. To Be Effective Communicators who:

     1. Speak and write so others can understand.
     2. Are good listeners.
     3. Respect what others think and say.
D. To Be Responsible Citizens who:
     1. Take responsibility for their actions.
     2. Show respect for our world and take care of it.
     3. Get along with others.

5th- 8th Grade
A. To be Faith-Filled Catholics who:
     1. Develop a personal relationship with God through daily prayer and sacramental preparation.
     2. Have knowledge of Catholic teachings and practices.
     3. Live Gospel values.
B. To Be Lifelong Learners who:
     1. Have a love for knowledge and apply it to future growth.
     2. Use critical thinking skills in decision making.
     3. Set practical goals for future development.
C. To Be Effective Communicators who:
     1. Articulate ideas clearly in both written and oral forms.
     2. Listen critically and compassionately.
     3. Show respect for the opinion of others.
D. To Be Responsible Citizens who:
     1. Take responsibility for their actions.
     2. Show respect and appreciation for the world.
     3. Collaborate well with others.

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