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.

"What should we do to prepare our children for college?"

Here are some pointers for the college-bound homeschooler:

Explore University Requirements Early

We strongly recommend that you contact the colleges your student is interested in attending and request a copy of their admissions policy for homeschooled students. Mailing a copy of the policy to your STAA advisor is also recommended so we may outline a course of study that will help you meet the college's academic requirements. (Of course, our standard College Preparatory and Catholic Liberal Arts Diploma programs far exceed the admissions requirements of most universities.) 

Not sure where to start?  Consider the Cardinal Newman Society's list of colleges recommended for Catholic Families:


Use a Cohesive Program that Shares Your Goals

Follow the course plans laid out for you by your STAA advisor. Minimize your course substitutions as the Academy has a comprehensive College Preparatory and Catholic Liberal Arts study plan.


Study Challenging Materials

College-bound students will want to focus on taking College Preparatory (CP) and Catholic Liberal Arts (LA) courses through St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.


Standardized Testing

Take the SAT and/or ACT. Check to see which your favorite colleges prefer.


Master before Moving On

Adopt St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's "strong or mastered before moving on" approach to math. Minimally, students will want to have completed a year of Algebra I and a year of Geometry before taking their SAT and ACT tests. While it is recommended that college-bound students complete Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus, it is best if they apply themselves to the study methods recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. The goal is not to quickly get through advanced math texts, but to easily and independently demonstrate mastery of basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry, and Algebra II no matter where the student encounters the concepts. Math grades tend to "roll downhill" if the student is not taught a quality method for studying and internalizing the concepts and given the time required to master the new material. So, without a good structure in place for approaching math, a "B" in Pre-Algebra can too easily lead to a "C" in Algebra I, a "D" in Geometry, an "F" in Algebra II, and very poor showing on standardized testing such as the ACT and SAT.


Study Latin!

Why Latin? Consider these reasons excerpted from Andrew Campbell's article Why Study Latin and Greek which appeared in Classical Teacher, Spring 2007:

"#1 Knowledge of classical languages increases English vocabulary. About half of all English vocabulary comes from Latin and another 20 percent from Greek. These words tend to be the difficult, polysyllabic ones—“SAT words.” A thorough knowledge of classical languages will increase the student’s English vocabulary tremendously.

#2 Classical languages aid in the understanding of English grammar. Studying a highly inflected language—that is, one that marks grammatical changes with a fully developed system of case endings—gives students a better grasp of English grammar. In fact, generations of teachers have observed that Latin teaches English better than English by requiring students to accurately identify each part of speech for every word!

#3 Latin is the key to modern languages. Knowing Latin makes it much easier to learn the grammar and vocabulary of the modern Romance languages (e.g., Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian), since they take about 80 percent of their vocabulary from Latin. Both classical tongues (Latin & Greek) greatly aid in learning other inflected languages, such as German or Russian.

#4 Latin students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests and are sought after by competitive colleges. As a result of increased vocabulary and facility with English grammar, students of Latin consistently outperform their peers—including those who have studied modern languages—on the verbal portion of the SAT. Between 1997 and 2006, Latin students outscored the average by 157 points. Higher scores open doors to competitive colleges and scholarships.

#5 Several careers require knowledge of classical languages. The technical vocabulary of the medical and legal professions and the hard sciences rests on the foundation of Latin and Greek. Latin is still a required subject for some higher degrees, as is Greek for many entering the ministry."



Collect words! An avid interest in understanding the words encountered in STAA CP and LA courses will go a long way towards improving English and reading comprehension scores. Energetically develop a scholar’s vocabulary and use the words in your daily life.



It is important for the student to develop neat, fluid penmanship. The written aspects to tests like the CHSPE, SAT, ACT, and college entrance exams require hand-written essays – and there will be many in-class essays to write in college – so make sure the student is not held back by sloppy or slow penmanship skills.


Writing and Reasoning

Focus on completing the STAA course plans for Essays B, Essays A, Logic, and Critical Reading complemented by strong grammar and punctuation labs such as our Punctuation A-D and Grammar I-III courses. If your student is not ready for these courses, be sure to ask your advisor about the plan to get there.


Junior College Labs

Consider a class or two at your local junior college starting at age 16. Classes to consider are advanced math, science labs, foreign languages, art practice, music practice, theater, public speaking, or introductory computer skills.


Community Relationships

Develop relationships with your local priests, professors, coaches, instructors, professionals, or other individuals who interact with your student in academic, athletic, vocational, charitable, or community service activities -- and then ask them to write letters of reference about your student to submit with college applications.



Stay on track with your semester reporting so your four-year transcript from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy will always be ready for sending off with college and scholarship applications. 

Students that enroll with St. Thomas Aquinas Academy but do not elect to add the Transcript Option and pursue a diploma through the STAA Diploma Program are encouraged to explore the pages on the Homeschool Legal Defense Association's website for information about high school transcripts for very independent homeschoolers:


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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.