St. Thomas School provides a fun, dynamic elementary school environment educating students throughout Seattle and Bellevue. For students in our Elementary Center, the pace of learning quickens and their world truly begins to expand. Reading, writing, and mathematical skills are emphasized as the foundation of all future learning. Science plays a prominent role as well, while rich courses in technology, music, art, foreign language, and physical education round out the integrated curriculum.
As with every part of our school, the Elementary Center reflects much about what learning means at this stage. Classrooms drenched in natural light feature cozy lofts and nooks for reading and independent study, while the plaza just outside each classroom door provides ample space for collaboration and hums pleasantly with the sound of children engrossed in their work.
In addition to focusing on our core curriculum, Elementary Center students begin exploring community and citizenship more deeply. They work together to encourage one another, solve problems, and engage in dialogue on school issues. Individually, students learn to communicate effectively and advocate for themselves. They begin to develop an inner moral landscape, to experiment with the boundary between the individual and the group, and to understand their rights and responsibilities as members of a community.