In 1987, the parish community of Saint Thomas Aquinas, under the direction of the Pastor Reverent Fabian Gimeno, approached the Diocese of Orlando with a desire and plan to build the first parochial school in Osceola County. Father Fabian presented a plan and study to the Diocesan Board of Education, that got him the approval to build a school on the church’s property on Brown Chapel Road.
In December of 1987, Saint Thomas Aquinas launched its fund raising campaign, quickly raising the funds to begin construction. Built as the first school in the newly formed Diocese of Orlando, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School opened on August 21, 1989 under the devoted leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. Presiding over the school as principal, Sister Linda Martin, along with Assistant Principal Sister Ann Whitley, welcomed the first one hundred and twenty-three pre-kindergarten to second grade students.
As years passed, Saint Thomas has steadily increased its enrollment figures. Twenty-five plus years of quality Catholic education, along with the vision of the current school community, have provided a solid foundation to children and families in the St. Cloud area. As a Catholic school, St. Thomas Aquinas School views the spirituality of its children as one of its highest priorities. The school day must crevolve around the faith, both in teaching and in living. Our Catholic identity is lived and celebrated every day at St. Thomas Aquinas School.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School promotes a reverent, respectful, responsible community of believers who are empowered to know, celebrate, and share God's love through academic excellence, spiritual development, and service to others.
The vision of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is to teach as Jesus taught by striving to personify reverence (for God and all his creation), respect (for all people), and responsibility (for our actions). STA will provide academic preparation through a challenging curriculum. We will encourage (spiritual) development through participation in the sacramental life and (the) service mission of the Catholic Church. This education of the whole person (child) will support the growth of the next generation of Catholic (Christian) leaders. STA students (& alumni) will strive to meet their full potential in a life of learning and productive service to society. By utilizing their God given talents and the education provided they will become the best versions of themselves, contributing to a bright future. This life is the hope of Christ for all children in which we share.