Pre-Algebra Course 

Description: This one-week course is designed as a review of the essential pre-algebra skills, students need to be successful in the college preparatory level of Algebra 1. The course will include a study of integers, variables, expressions, equations, ratios, proportions, order of operations, fractions, decimals, graphing concepts, and inequalities. We will look at some of this material using a hands-on approach, and the use of manipulatives.  Student’s will make real-world connections to the material, and complete activities that there might not normally be time to do during the school year.  Through this class students will gain knowledge of important critical thinking tools, mathematical study skills and learning strategies, to be successful in the high school classroom.  The course will help serve as an introduction to some of the Algebra skills and students will see during their freshman year of high school.  Please contact the Director of School Counseling & Summer Programming: Jill Mahan (, or the course instructor,  Jessica Cummings ( with any questions. 

Cost: $200 (STA enrolled), $275 (non-STA enrolled). 

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 5

Time: 9:00-11:30, 5 days total.

Dates: August 10th, 2020-August 14th, 2020

Dress Code: Dress Down Attire

Location: Notre Dame Hall Room ND202



Graphing Calculator Usage Course

Mrs. Richburg, Rm. 208

The purpose of this course is to learn basic features of the TI-84 CE Graphing Calculator, the calculator most recently recommended by the STA Mathematics Department, and highly recommended for freshmen.  Students will investigate and explore the following calculator features in guided practices.

Monday - ON and OFF, QUITting and going home, the keypad, basic computations, MODEs, Order of Operations (PEMDAS), the STORE key, scientific notation and algebraic manipulations; pixels, points and contrast

Tuesday - Graphs, Colors, Backgrounds, Windows, Scl and resolution, Tbl Set-tings and Tables;Survey questions for data generation

Wednesday - Lists, data, and regressions with their graphs; 1-Var STATS

Thursday - STAT PLOTs for Statistics and Data Science

Friday - Applications of all the above, APPS, and DRAW features

Course Dates: Monday, August 3- Thursday, August 6; 9am-Noon

Note: Students must have their own TI-84 CE graphing calculator (charged and ready to go, each day.)

Cost per student: $120 for the week

Minimum enrollment: 8   Maximum enrollment: 20

SAT Prep

STA has partnered with Sylvan Learning to offer SAT Prep Boot Camp. The SAT Prep Boot Camp will include a Diagnostic Practice Test which will take place from 9:30am-1:30pm on Monday, August 3rd followed by the SAT Prep class on Wednesday, August 5th from 9:30am-1:30pm. Both sessions will be held at St. Thomas. Students will receive a strategy booklet and in person instruction for all sections on the test. Additionally, students will have access to a 30 day trial of Sylvan’s online course. The cost is $125 per student. A minimum of 5 students is required to run the course, maximum 30 students.

Please visit, click on “St. Thomas Aquinas High School” at the top of the page, and scroll down St. Thomas Aquinas SAT Prep Boot Camp to register and pay the fee. STA enrolled students only.