Through the assessment process your advisor will help you...

Choose a Historical Cycle

Cycle selection based on your child's composition and reading skills, and aligning your family's studies.

Choose a Science

Science selection based on math skills, any course prerequisites, and aligning your family's studies.

Choose a Math Program

Program selection based on math skills mastered, learning style, and your student's goals.

Select English Mechanics

Personalize the study of skills that complement composition instruction: punctuation, grammar, spelling, and penmanship.

Select a Language

We prefer students study Latin for at least two years in high school, but gladly accept German, Italian, French, or Spanish.



Personal one-on-one academic counseling by telephone is the heart of the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy program.  After the initial planning appointment for the academic year, each member family has access to one planning follow-up appointment and then additional support appointments with either their family's academic advisor or their high school advisor.


Number of Students Enrolled Total of Annual Enrollment Fees for Family Appointments Included with Enrollment
One Student $455.00 1 x  75-minute planning appointment +
5 x  45-minute support appointments
Two Students $535.00 1 x  75-minute planning appointment +
5 x  45-minute support appointments
Three Students $745.00 1 x  75-minute planning appointment +
7 x  45-minute support appointments
Four Students $940.00 2 x  75-minute planning appointments +
9 x  45-minute support appointments
Five Students $1125.00 2 x  75-minute planning appointments +
11 x 45-minute support appointments
Six Students $1150.00 2 x  75-minute planning appointments +
13 x 45-minute support appointments
Seven Students $1325.00 2 x  75-minute planning appointments +
15 x 45-minute support appointments
Eight Students $1500.00 2 x  75-minute planning appointments +
17 x 45-minute support appointments


Submitting Payment

After submitting the enrollment application, enrollment fees may be paid by mailing in a check or money order.  Alternatively, fees may be paid online by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or payment plan.  All online credit card and payment plan payments are subject to a 3% processing fee.


Other Expected Costs

The enrollment fees listed above are paid directly to St. Thomas Aquinas Academy once per academic year.  The following lists other regular costs associated with the school year.  Member families purchase the books, materials, study guides, or standardized tests directly from the suppliers as needed by their students.  The Academic Packets provided by STAA and the conversations with your academic advisor clearly outline what is necessary and what to order for each course.      


St. Thomas Aquinas Academy does not sell books or materials.  Your student's Academic Packet will have detailed ordering information for the materials necessary for each recommended course.  The packet will direct you to our favorite suppliers, but you may take the edition and ISBN information from the packet and obtain the materials for your student from any supplier available to you.  Books and materials typically run between $300-$600 per student, per school year, lessened, of course, by how many of the materials you already have on hand.  The core materials we recommend are listed by cycle in the Grammar School and High School sections of our website.



All students studying STAA's high school courses should expect their detailed course plans package to cost approximately $39.95 to $49.95 per semester.  The high school study packages are printed on-demand when ordered from the printer following the course registration phase of the student's planning.  The detailed, daily plans for some seventh and eighth grade courses are also bound into booklets printed on-demand when ordered from the printer.  The junior high booklets range in price from $14.95 to $29.90.



St. Thomas Aquinas Academy evaluates a skills assessment to help place students in materials appropriate for their academic skills.  We do not sell or administer any standardized tests.  Standardized tests are encouraged at least every other school year starting in Grade 5.  Two standardized tests are required as part of the high school diploma program (one in Grade 11 and at least one more in Grade 9, 10, or 12).  Seton Testing has a variety of standardized tests available to homeschooling families.  College-bound high school students are encouraged to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests as recommended by the universities they wish to attend.  All such standardized testing should be arranged for with the test providers.  Please also check with the Home School Legal Defense Association or other legal experts to determine how often and which standardized tests the educational codes of your state require homeschoolers to take (if any).



Please contact our office if you have a mailing address that is outside of the United States so we can calculate the mailing fee for the welcome/assessment packet for you (usually $65.00 to $100.00 USD depending on location and number of students).  Note that our advisors are only able to dial numbers in the U.S. and Canada.  If you are outside of the U.S. or Canada, you will be asked to dial your advisor's telephone number directly for all scheduled appointments.  



Options for the Academic Year

The following options and add-on services are available for member families to add to their student's enrollment services as desired.


Payment in full for the annual enrollment fees may be made by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.  However, if you would like to break the enrollment fees into payments made over the course of three or five months, an automatic credit card payment plan is available to you.  To calculate the monthly payment, take the total amount due and divide it by 3 or 5.  A $20.00 payment plan initiation fee will be applied to the first month's payment.  The first payment is paid with the application and then on that same day each month by an automatic, scheduled charge to the credit card you use to create the payment plan until the balance has been paid in full.  


The Academic Packet for each student includes the advisor notes, personalized course recommendations, course teaching notes, detailed book ordering information, and course pacing information and/or weekly plans (or overviews of the detailed daily plans in the STAA Study Guides).  The Academic Packets are sent to each family by email once following the assessment evaluation and a second time after the students register for courses.  You may order copies of your family's Academic Packets printed and bound into a single softcover book for between $19.95 and $49.95 plus shipping.  The final price of the bound Academic Packets book depends on how many students you have enrolled.  If you elect to skip ordering the bound Academic Packets book, we recommend printing the Academic Packets that are emailed to you on three-hole punched paper and sliding them into a sturdy binder.  


TRANSCRIPT OPTION ($75.00 per student)
The Transcript Option is an option that you may add to the enrollment of any of your students that are in Grades 8 through 12.  The annual fee for the Transcript Option is $75.00 per student.  To develop a transcript with St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, the student and teaching-parent will be asked to mail a reporting packet to the academy at the end of each semester (two per year).  This process is carefully explained, but do expect to prepare and mail two packages of work sample copies along with a few forms each school year.
Students taking high school courses through St. Thomas Aquinas Academy may choose a graduation path that best meets their needs:
  1. STAA Transcript and STAA Diploma: Studying STAA courses with the intention of earning an STAA diploma.  Students electing this option need to add the Transcript Option program to their enrollment each year of high school as well as arrange for any Grade 9 and Grade 10 credits from other institutions transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.

  2. STAA Transcript Only: Studying STAA courses to develop a transcript with the academy but drawing a diploma from another source such as their own homeschool.  Students electing this option need to add the Transcript Option to their enrollment each year.

  3. No STAA Transcript and No STAA Diploma: Studying STAA courses and maintaining their own transcript within their homeschool or with another institution and NOT drawing a diploma from STAA.  The Transcript Option program is not necessary for students on this path.


Students transferring in high school credits from a previous year of high school or outside institution should expect the credit evaluation process to cost between $35-$65 per academic year.  The credit evaluation process will take place after your planning appointment.



The core enrollment package includes Course of Study Planning appointments and advisor support appointments based on the number of students you have enrolled for the school year.  You may arrange as many additional appointments as desired throughout the school year. To peruse the offerings and per session costs for adding appointments and special services, visit Appointments for Member Families

What questions can we answer for you?

We would love to hear from you!  Please reach out with your questions by phone or email, schedule a courtesy telephone consultation with an advisor, or submit an enrollment application if you are ready to start planning for the upcoming school year.


We have all enjoyed the way STAA ties the courses together for the whole family.

Alyse M.


Thanks for all you do on your end to help make our homeschooling academically, intellectually, spiritually, and morally enriching!!



My advisor helps me to understand what needs to be done and how to make it really fun for the kids. What I really like are the tips she gives me for dealing with the little ones while trying to school the older ones.



This is our first year homeschooling. STAA and [our advisor] have made this a very easy transition. We have had a great year!

Gwen H.


I really don't know what I would do without your kindness, and very helpful advice. You are a blessing to our family.



The assessment testing was quick and easy to do, so I didn't expect much valuable feedback. Boy was I wrong!!! It was like my advisor had met my kids and spent hours/days with them.

Mary Ellen


We have been so very happy with our first year with STAA! Thank you for walking me through it and for all the fantastic resources and materials we are using. There is not one we don't like!



Our family so enjoyed our wonderful relationship with STAA as our [son] worked his way through high school. It was a wonderful and outstanding experience for him and we continue to suggest your program to all those who are looking for an excellent homeschool experience.

Debra S.


Since I am writing, I will also sing more praises of the Greek Studies plan. [My daughter] moaned over the timed-essay and then did very well. So easy to implement with the choose one reflection topic from each subject and then get ready, get set, go! Apparently the school also gave suggestions for the process essay in "Format Writing." Thank you! For a mom of many this is real time saver.

Alisa from Indiana

mother of 9th grade daughter and several STAA graduates

The academy works as a team to accomplish for your family specific ideas or needs for education, but more importantly, what each individual in your family needs, even Mom.



God bless you for the job you are doing -- the peace you have helped us find as a family is priceless!



We can’t imagine going without these wonderful, enhanced lesson plans! Thank you!

On the STAA Study Guides


I especially appreciate the advice and wise counsel I receive from the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy staff during our phone appointments and their understanding of my children's needs.

Stephen T.


It is a thrill to receive the delightfully arranged weekly guidelines from STAA that keep us on track but allow for flexibility.

Dee Dee C.


I can honestly say that our children have blossomed into well rounded individuals because of your program.

Diane B.