A child’s learning environment plays a huge and often overlooked role in educational achievement. We are fortunate to have state-of-the-art facilities built from the ground up according to the latest research on child development and learning theory. We are proud to have earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED© for Schools Program.
Tucked in between a golf course and park in the city of Medina on the shores of Lake Washington, St. Thomas School offers a quiet, yet vibrant, secure campus for preschool, elementary, and middle school students.
Intentionally Designed to Optimize Learning
Children learn best with an abundance of natural light. Ingenious light shafts and 28 skylights saturate interior spaces even on cloudy days.
Ventilation levels far exceed code requirements as fresh air is brought deep into the school via unique air chambers and openable windows.
Environmental sounds are kept
to a minimum by utilizing natural convection currents to circulate
heated or cooled air.
Elements of color that unite various grade levels are carefully balanced by natural color and wood tones, creating a calming environment.
Physical spaces have been intentionally designed to meet the learning needs of different aged children providing a comforting scale and sense of safety.
Cozy corners and lofts, floor and table lamps, and an abundance of natural materials make classrooms and plazas feel like home.
State of the art technology including interactive flat panel displays in each classroom, technology lab, and campus-wide WiFi supports research, organization, innovation, and collaboration.
Recess is essential to every child's health and learning. Play and climbing equipment, artificial turf soccer field, basketball courts, and plenty of wide open space allow room for exercise, play, and unstructured learning opportunities.
Gardens, bio-swale, and a council ring provide students with an outdoor classroom and rich opportunities to connect to nature.
Specialized subjects require specialized learning spaces and resources. Our campus is purposefully built to fully support these programs.
A professional work environment with necessary resources and space for collaboration supports the work of faculty and staff.
Comfortable seating areas and a complimentary coffee bar welcome parents, encouraging communication and friendship.