St. Thomas More Schola

Nashville, TN

The mission of Saint Thomas More Schola is to support Middle Tennessee homeschooling families in educating their children following the classical education model in a cooperative format.

Our community offers a strong foundation in the first two stages of the Trivium — Grammar & Logic — sharing our talents as parents and instructors to engage our children in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. 

 

With a focus on liberal arts, we seek to grow together in virtue and holiness in order to form devoted followers of Jesus Christ. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Since STMS is a cooperative program, one parent of any student registered in K through 8th grade is required to be present during the school day at St. Philip and assist as a volunteer.

Registration Dates
March 15 – Enrollment for current families

March 25 – Applications open for new families

July 15 – Enrollment closes

We encourage you to come for a tour! Please use our contact form to schedule a tour date or for questions about enrollment. Our enrollment period is open until July 15 or until classes fill up.

We meet on Thursdays at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, just south of Nashville on I-65. 

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Statement of Faith

St. Thomas More Schola (STMS) joyfully acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life and is grounded in faithfulness to Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Scope and Sequence

For the academic year 2024-25, STMS will be following Year 1 Ancient Civilization in our Humanities cycle and Earth Science, including Paleontology, Geology, and Astronomy, in our Science cycle.

Middle School Curriculum

Saint Thomas More Schola aims to provide high quality courses for middle school students (6th, 7th & 8th grades). We engage professional teachers and qualified parents to instruct our middle school students at this stage. All courses are standalone; you can register for as many or as few as you’d like. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to reach our directors.

View the 2024-25 Upper School Schedule

***All schedules are subject to change depending on class enrollment.***

Middle School (MS) Courses 2024-25

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

SUMMARY: A Middle School humanities course covering Ancient History.

GRADES: 6-8

DAY: Thursday

DESCRIPTION: Humanities will be a study of Ancient History using RC History Year One: Old Testament and Ancient Cultures Before Christ. Its focal point is the Biblical history of the Israelites as the “chosen people” sent to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. Within this context, study the surrounding cultures of the Mediterranean world. Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome – the seedbed of Western Civilization. The course will encompass literature, writing, activities, and geography, as students journey through the history of the world. There will be weekly reading and note-taking assignments, as well as longer literature projects throughout the year. 

  • Course Tuition: Included in Family Tuition Fee

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

SUMMARY: A Middle School science course studying the earth and space.

Using hands-on activities to help your child retain what they learn, Apologia introduces the wonders of our life-sustaining planet. In this course, your student will explore and learn about the observable universe, life in the habitable zone, spheres of the Earth, mapping our planet, the forces that make and shape the land and sea, climate and weather, cycles of life, and unique places on Earth as they reveal the marvel and might of our loving Creator.

Apologia’s Astronomy uses the Charlotte Mason methodology to introduce the wonders of our solar system, the stars, and beyond. In this course, your student will explore and learn about the sun, planets, asteroid belt, dwarf planets, the Kuiper belt galaxies, nebulae, and even black holes as they reveal the marvel and might of our loving Creator.

GRADES: 6-8

DAY: Thursday

DESCRIPTION:

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: Included in Family Tuition Fee. Supply fee of $105 per student

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

SUMMARY: An advanced writing course for middle school students.

GRADES: 6-8

INSTRUCTOR: Abigail Findlay

DAY: Thursday

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $350 per student

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

  • SUMMARY: An introduction to Latin for elementary and middle school aged students.

    GRADES: 6-8

    DAY: Thursday

    DESCRIPTION:

    • Latina Christiana is the second class in the Memoria Press Latin sequence and it is typically for fourth and fifth graders at STMS, but is appropriate for anyone seeking a gentle introduction to Latin. It is a continuation of Prima Latina, and it is intended to be followed by First Form Latin. Our class covers one lesson per week, as outlined int he suggested syllabus from Memoria Press. Each weekly class involves a brief lesson on a grammatical concept; introduction of the vocabulary, prayer and practical Latin phrase for the week; and vocabulary games and review. Weekly homework assignments involve the completion of several workbook pages and the memorization of vocabulary.

    COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $200 per student

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

SUMMARY: A course for intermediate-level Latin students.

GRADES: 6-8

DAY: Thursday

DESCRIPTION:

DESCRIPTION: First Form Latin teaches Latin grammar systematically in order to facilitate retention and understanding. It utilizes extensive workbook exercises to ensure skills mastery and rapid recognition of inflected forms. This class is ideal either as an introductory class for older students, or as a continuation of the lessons learned in Latina Christiana. After finishing First Form, the student will have mastered:

  • The six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations
  • Five noun declensions
  • First and second declension adjectives
  • 185 vocabulary words

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $250 per student

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

SUMMARY: An introductory Spanish course for middle school students.

GRADES: 6-8

INSTRUCTOR

DAY: Thursday

DESCRIPTION: Spanish I is an introductory language course in which students will begin to practice meaningful communication in the Spanish language. Students will be asked to do a variety of tasks in Spanish using basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. We will also explore Catholic cultural celebrations and traditions in Spanish speaking countries around the world. This course will span two school years.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $350 per student

TO BE OFFERED 2024-2025

GRADES: 6-8

DAY: Thursday

DESCRIPTION: This class will combine art instruction along with the study of the historical and cultural perspective in which the art is created in.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $350 for for 6-8
  • Supply Fee:
    • 6-8: $50

Lower School Curriculum

At Saint Thomas More Schola, we hope to partner together with you and meet your child where he or she is along their education journey. STMS Lower School is arranged into four stages of learning:

Level A is for Kindergarten and 1st graders (pre-reading skills)

Level B is for 1st and 2nd graders (reading and writing skills)

Level C is for 3rd graders

Level D is for 4th and 5th graders

We encourage subject matter understanding and mastery. This is so much more important than a level or grade number. Please note that 6th graders, who are not quite ready for the more rigorous academic challenges of Middle School, are welcome to repeat Level D a third year. Since our history and science subject matter content changes following a cycle, your student will always have something new to learn.

***All schedules are subject to change depending on class enrollment.***

Lower School Course of Instruction 2024-25

  • COURSES: Humanities study using Memoria Press Enrichment studies, Good and the Beautiful science, Spirit of Truth Religion and PE. Art is an additional course (see below). 
  • GRADES: K-2nd
  • TUITION: Included in Family Tuition Fee.
  • COURSES
    • HUMANITIES: Through significant historical biographies, 3rd grade Humanities will cover Ancient History using RC History. There will be weekly geography homework and optional enrichment reading.
    • SCIENCE: Explore the world with hands-on labs using the Good and Beautiful science courses: Paleontology, Geology and Astronomy. Supply fee: $30 per student.
    • WRITING: Using Writing with Ease and Fix it Grammar. 
    • LATIN: Prima Latina is the first class in the Memoria Press Latin sequence, and it is typically for third and fourth graders at STMS. It consists of learning five new vocabulary words per week in addition to a latin phrase and latin prayers. This is a gentle introduction to Latin and is a good foundation for continuing on to Latina Christiana. Our class covers one lesson per week, as outlined in the suggested syllabus from Memoria Press. Each weekly class involves a brief lesson on a grammatical concept; introduction of the vocabulary, prayer and practical Latin phrase for the week; and vocabulary games and review. Weekly homework assignments involve the completion of several workbook pages and the memorization of vocabulary.
    • SPANISH: Students will get an introduction to the Spanish language through a flexible & fun class. Activities will include beginning conversation practice, songs, storytelling, and cultural activities.
    • LITURGICAL LIVING: Celebrating the Church seasons with community prayers, Saints and Virtues.
    • ADDITIONAL COURSES (see below)
  • GRADES: 3rd
  • TUITION: Included with Family Tuition Fee. Science supply fee: $30 per student.
  • COURSES
    • HUMANITIES: Humanities will be a study of Ancient History using RC History. The course will encompass literature, writing, activities, and geography, as students journey through the history of our world. There will be weekly reading and note-taking assignments, as well as longer literature and writing projects throughout the year.
    • SCIENCE: Explore the world with hands-on labs using the Good and Beautiful science courses: Palentology, Geology, and Astronomy. Supply fee: $30 per student.
    • LATIN: Prima Latina is the first class in the Memoria Press Latin sequence, and it is typically for third and fourth graders at STMS. It consists of learning five new vocabulary words per week in addition to a latin phrase and latin prayers. This is a gentle introduction to Latin and is a good foundation for continuing on to Latina Christiana. Our class covers one lesson per week, as outlined in the suggested syllabus from Memoria Press. Each weekly class involves a brief lesson on a grammatical concept; introduction of the vocabulary, prayer and practical Latin phrase for the week; and vocabulary games and review. Weekly homework assignments involve the completion of several workbook pages and the memorization of vocabulary.
    • Latina Christiana is the second class in the Memoria Press Latin sequence and it is typically for fourth and fifth graders at STMS, but is appropriate for anyone seeking a gentle introduction to Latin. It is a continuation of Prima Latina, and it is intended to be followed by First Form Latin. Our class covers one lesson per week, as outlined int he suggested syllabus from Memoria Press. Each weekly class involves a brief lesson on a grammatical concept; introduction of the vocabulary, prayer and practical Latin phrase for the week; and vocabulary games and review. Weekly homework assignments involve the completion of several workbook pages and the memorization of vocabulary. TUITION: Latina Christiana $200.
    • SPANISH: Students will get an introduction to the Spanish language through a flexible & fun class. Activities will include beginning conversation practice, songs, storytelling, and cultural activities.
    • LITURGICAL LIVING: Celebrating the Church seasons with community prayers, Saints and Virtues.
    • ADDITIONAL COURSES (see below)
  • GRADES: 4th-5th
  • TUITION: Included with Family Tuition Fee (Latina Christiana is an additional fee of $200) Science supply fee: $30 per student.

SUMMARY: IEW Methods for Beginners

GRADES: 3rd-6th

INSTRUCTOR: Abigail Findlay

DESCRIPTION: IEW’s unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. This step-by-step course will introduce seven IEW units: key word outlines, note-taking, narratives (stories) , summarizing a reference, summarizing two more references (reports), writing from pictures and inventive (creative) writing. An optional reading list included in this course. Grammar will also be taught with Fix It Grammar.

COURSE DETAILS:
  • Course Requirements: Students must be proficient in handwriting and reading at a 3rd grade level.
  • Course Tuition: $250 per student

SUMMARY: IEW Methods for Intermediate students

GRADES: 3rd-6th

INSTRUCTOR: Abigail Findlay

DESCRIPTION: This course is recommended for students with at least one year of experience with IEW. As always, each student will be rewarded with tickets for improved and exemplary performance. These tickets will be used for credits in our infamous biannual auction. Grammar will also be taught with Fix It Grammar.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Requirements: At least one year of IEW.
  • Course Tuition: $350 per students.
  • SUMMARY: An introduction to Latin for elementary aged students.

    GRADES: 4th-8th

    DESCRIPTION:

    • Latina Christiana is the second class in the Memoria Press Latin sequence and it is typically for fourth and fifth graders at STMS, but is appropriate for anyone seeking a gentle introduction to Latin. It is a continuation of Prima Latina, and it is intended to be followed by First Form Latin. Our class covers one lesson per week, as outlined int he suggested syllabus from Memoria Press. Each weekly class involves a brief lesson on a grammatical concept; introduction of the vocabulary, prayer and practical Latin phrase for the week; and vocabulary games and review. Weekly homework assignments involve the completion of several workbook pages and the memorization of vocabulary.

    COURSE DETAILS:

    • Course Tuition: $200 per student
    • Semester: 2

SUMMARY: An introduction to Latin for elementary aged students.

GRADES: 5th-8th

DESCRIPTION: First Form Latin teaches Latin grammar systematically in order to facilitate retention and understanding. It utilizes extensive workbook exercises to ensure skills mastery and rapid recognition of inflected forms. This class is ideal either as an introductory class for older students, or as a continuation of the lessons learned in Latina Christiana. After finishing First Form, the student will have mastered:

  • The six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations
  • Five noun declensions
  • First and second declension adjectives
  • 185 vocabulary words

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $250 per student

GRADES: K-6th

DESCRIPTION: This class will combine art instruction along with the study of the historical and cultural perspective in which the art is created in.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Course Tuition: $300 for K-6th
  • Supply Fee:
    • K-6th: $50

Application

Applications for K-8th will be received through July 15, 2024, or until classrooms fill up. Once classes are full, families will be placed on a waiting list.

To be fully registered, families need to:

  1. Select your courses by filling out the online Application forms.
  2. Print out and sign the Waiver of Liability.
  3. Pay the Application Fee (see below). Checks should be made out to St. Thomas More Schola of Nashville. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and is required to hold your spot.
  4. Schedule a tour and interview with STMS.
  5. Mail the signed Waiver of Liability and Application Fee check to: PO Box 681175 Franklin, TN 37068.
  6. Family Tuition Fee is required upon acceptance. Additional class tuition can be broken into quarterly payments by request.

Tuition, Fees, and other Costs

Family Application Fee

The below application fees apply per family regardless of grade level:

  • $0 for current families.
  • $75 for new families.
  • This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Tuition

  • For grades K – 5th, the Family Tuition Fee covers the cost of tuition for the main course of instruction. $150 for 1 student, $250 for 2 or more students.
  • For grades K – 8th, optional course tuition is specified per individual course.
  • For grades 6th – 8th, all tuition is specified per individual course.

Other Costs

Class materials must be purchased separately and are not included in the cost of tuition. See our book list for more information.

Though we do our best to provide advanced notice, there are likely to be additional costs associated with course supplies, materials, and texts. Families are responsible for paying any additional course supply fees and/or purchasing required course materials and texts. If not mentioned here, this information will be provided by the instructor along with other course information.

Refund Policy

  • Courses dropped between August 1st and the start of classes will be subject to a Course Drop Fee of $50.
  • Courses dropped during the 1st semester will be refunded for the 2nd semester only (50% of tuition for a 2 semester course).
  • Courses dropped after the conclusion of the 1st semester will not be eligible for a refund.

Calendar & Schedule

***All schedules are subject to change.*** 

We meet weekly on Thursdays during the school year.

1st Semester

August 15 – December 12

2nd Semester

January 9 – May 15

Dates Off

October 10 – Fall Break

November 28 – Thanksgiving Break

December 19, 26, & January 2 – Christmas Break

February 13 – Winter Break

March 13, 20 – Spring Break

April 17 – Holy Week

Location

St. Philip Catholic Church of Franklin, TN

St. Philip Catholic Church (Franklin)

113 2nd Ave S. • Franklin, TN 37064

Dress Code

  • All students attending classes at STMS are required to wear long pants, capris, skirts, uniform style shorts, or skorts in the colors of navy blue or khaki.
  • Skirts, skorts or polo dresses must be knee length or just above in any solid color.
  • Shirts may be short or long sleeved and must have a collar (polo or dress-style with buttons.)
  • All footwear should be closed-toe – no sandals or flip-flops.
  • No hats.

Meet the Faculty

Abigail Findlay

Abigail Findlay

Courses: Writing (IEW)
Abigail Findlay is quite blessed to serve the St. Thomas More Schola as the Composition teacher. Obtaining her college degree from Patriot University, she moved to Franklin, TN in 2001 to pursue her career in classical education. She has completed various intensive training courses at New St. Andrews College (Moscow, ID), Veritas Academy (Lancaster, PA), and has attended several supplemental workshops at Franklin Classical Schools (Franklin, TN) and with the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Inspired to improve her classroom management skills, she sought professional training at Flowing Wells Teacher Development Center (Tucson, AZ), one of the top teacher training centers in the country. Over her eighteen years of teaching experience, she has taught several grades ranging from Kindergarten to Ninth, worked as a Director of Curriculum Development, served as an elementary school principal and has led many teacher training workshops of her own. Currently, she works as a stay-at-home mom and private tutor. She and her husband, Doug, reside in Franklin with their two beautiful daughters.

Andrew Rose

Courses: Art
Andrew Rose resides with his wife and three kids in Fairview, TN. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Western Kentucky University. He brings 14 years of kindergarten-8th grade art education experience, 12 of which from St. Matthew School in Franklin, Tn. During his time there, he worked closely with his students and their families to foster an environment of creativity, curiosity, and discovery. Along with his teaching duties at St. Matthew School, he was responsible for his school’s graphic design and photography needs. These included designing original logos for school programs and merchandise, website graphics, and the creation of the yearbook. Mr. Rose also provided the school with uniquely-designed individualized PR gifts for various family events. All of these creations utilized the latest advances of the Adobe Creative Suite. On sabbatical from teaching, he spent time employed with the award winning De la Torre Art Design group based on location within the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Here he specialized in the design, fabrication, and installation of themed environments, zoological exhibits, and museum displays. Most notably, he refurbished, re-designed and painted the mural above the entrance to the Unseen World at the Nashville Zoo. Mr. Rose sees himself as an incredibly positive and creative person who is able to effectively collaborate and respectfully communicate with everyone. He enjoys medieval, fantasy, and prehistoric themes in his creations and possesses a true flair for educating others.

Daiva Grubb

President, Program Co-Director
Courses: 1st/2nd Grade Enrichment, Beginner Spanish
Daiva Grubb and her family joined Saint Thomas More Schola in the fall of 2019. Daiva now serves as President of the Board and Co-Director of the program. She leads our Kindergarten through Second grade enrichment program, sharing her love for children's literature, fine art, and world history with our youngest students. She also teaches our Beginner Spanish course, where students travel across Latin America and learn basic Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation, while developing an appreciation for the nuances of the twenty-one Spanish speaking countries. Before becoming a full-time educator, Daiva began her career in advertising. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Furman University, Daiva has applied her creative skills to graphic design, experiential design, art direction, and business marketing. She and her husband, Tim, live in Franklin with their four children.

Arielle Ustick

Treasurer/Secretary, Program Co-Director
Courses: Writing With Ease, Humanities
Arielle Ustick joined Saint Thomas More Schola in 2022 and now serves on the board as the Treasurer/Secretary and Co-Director. After pursuing degrees in Fine Arts and Interior Design, she chose a career in Tourism Photography working as a director of business. Arielle grew up in a homeschooling family and has homeschooled her own four children for the past 8 years. Arielle is passionate about supporting other parents in their Catholic homeschool journey through Saint Thomas More Schola. She and her husband, Ryan, love to travel, explore and find adventures with their children when they aren't busy tending to their mini farm in Burns, TN.

Danielle Olson

Board Member
Courses: Latina Christiana
Bio coming soon!



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