Transfer Incentive Program (TIP)
As we prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall, we are excited to launch a statewide summer enrollment drive from July 1- August 31. This enrollment drive is called the summer Transfer Incentive Program (TIP) for all Diocesan and Parish Catholic Schools.
- All Diocesan schools will participate in this enrollment drive, whereas:
- Any student grades 1-8 transferring from a non-Catholic school will receive a $1,000 grant off tuition the first year, $500 off the second year.
- Any student grades 9-12 transferring from a non-Catholic school will receive a $2,000 grant off tuition the first year, $1,000 off the second year.
- Regular FACTS process applies for granting financial aid in addition to this grant.
- TIP Grant is not need-based.
In the Diocese of Manchester’s recent survey, 8 out of 10 parents reported that their child misses the interactions with classmates and teachers. Taking into account the initial research on the effects COVID-19 and the effects the isolation and loss of community has had on children, the Diocesan Catholic schools in New Hampshire will be returning to the classrooms beginning on the first day of school for the 2020-2021 academic year, hence the name of the campaign!
Thank you to all who joined us for our STA Alumni Panel Conversation!
On Wednesday, May 27th, the Admissions Department facilitated an online Alumni Panel Conversation with three St. Thomas Aquinas High School Alumni. Mary McNamara, Geoff Ness, and Kyra Sarazen shared how their STA education helped them develop the skills and tools to achieve their post-graduation goals.
Mary graduated from St. Thomas in 2006 and her siblings followed after in ’07, ’08, and ’09. As a student at St. Thomas, she was involved in soccer, student government, campus ministry, and volunteer work. She went on to attend UNH and their honors program, graduating with a bachelors in French Language & Literature. She has built a career over the last 10 years in sales or marketing roles, including education programming. She now works for iHeartMedia here in New Hampshire helping clients create marketing solutions to grow their businesses.
Geoff Ness, class of ’05, is the president of Nessit, a Somersworth based information technology company he started as a junior here at STA and kept growing the company through his undergraduate at Keene State College. Today, Nessit provides IT managed services for the education, medical and professional services small to mid-market sector. Geoff currently serves on the Wentworth Douglas Foundation Board of Directors as well as advisory boards for Saint Mary Academy and Great Bay Community College.
Kyra graduated from STA in 2015 and spent the following four years studying at the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Catholic Social Teaching. While at Notre Dame, Kyra was a member of the Varsity Women's Swimming and Diving team, serving as captain her senior year. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Thomassique, Haiti where she worked as one of two Global Health Fellows at a small rural clinic. Her role involved overseeing several community health projects and helping manage clinic operations. Kyra was evacuated from Haiti in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently sheltering in place with her family, now living in Kansas City. Kyra is currently working for Partners in Health on the Community Tracing Collaborative, which is an initiative spearheaded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform contact tracing in the state.
Future plans: Kyra plans to apply to medical school next summer and intends to pursue a career in global obstetrics.
To view our Alumni Panel Conversation and hear three different (yet complementary) perspectives on how a St. Thomas Aquinas High School education prepares young people for college and beyond, please click here.
Message from Admissions Director, Dr. Danny Richer, M.A., Ed.D.
For 60 years, St. Thomas Aquinas High School has educated and inspired young scholars from across the state and Seacoast region. Our community is wholly and sincerely invested in academic and scholastic excellence, athletic prowess, exceptionally talented artists, musicians, and performers, and living our mission every day: to be a caring community that transforms the lives of students through a rigorous Catholic education and fostering within them a commitment to justice, service, and moral leadership. Building on six decades of transformative education, I am excited to share how our school of excellence will continue to excel:
- As a rigorous college preparatory institution, we have implemented a new President/Principal administrative model that mirrors the structure utilized by colleges and universities
- In February 2020, our first President and Head of School, Mr. Dan S. Soller began his tenure
- Mr. Paul Marquis is our new Principal for the 2020-2021 academic year; an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience, he will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the school
- Responding to the Coronavirus, we quickly transitioned to online education to ensure the safety our of faculty and students while maintaining rigorous academic standards
- The Saints are one of the most decorated athletic programs in the region with 42 individual and 35 team state championships since 2000, and construction is under way on our state-of-the-art turf field
- Plans for a renovation to our Chapel on campus are under way and will allow our Campus Ministry to have an even more beautiful location to worship and pray
- The visual and performing arts have a special place in our community, and we are updating our facilities with new equipment and technology to allow our stars to shine even brighter
- We are partnering with several colleges and universities in guaranteed college admission agreements, creating even more higher education options for our seniors
- Merit scholarships and financial awards for our graduating class cumulatively and routinely exceeds $6 million dollars, meaning a family’s financial investment in an STA education is typically exceeded by the amount each student receives in college scholarships
- Enrollment remains strong and stable, and as we move forward our goal is to welcome home 125 new incoming Saints each year
It’s hard to quantify the tremendous impact the great St. Thomas Aquinas had because of the many hats he so effectively wore: priest, philosopher, theologian, legal expert, and political scientist. There have been few minds as brilliant and influential as his, and he is recognized as the patron saint of higher education, scholars, theologians, and Catholic schools. It is in the tradition of our namesake that STA enters the most exciting time in our history.
There is a difference that comes with a St. Thomas Aquinas High School education: this environment challenges students and provides some of the most unique and transformative experiences in New England. We encourage each student and family to visit us and to learn what makes us New Hampshire’s Catholic School of Excellence. We look forward to welcoming you home!
Daniel M. Richer, Ed.D.
Director of Admission
Student Panel Conversation
On Wednesday, June 10, the St. Thomas Aquinas Admissions Department hosted a Student Alumni Panel with three members of the Lux in Tenebris Student Ambassador Society: Ella Kuselias '21, Ashleyrose Saffie '22, and Matt Ryan '23.
Each of these Saints addressed specific questions and offered their individual perspectives on all that it means to be a Saint- including their transition from middle school, their favorite classes, and what they hope to accomplish during the rest of their high school experience.