Educational Institutions

St. Thomas More Academy, Inc.

  • Middletown, MD
  • www.stmamd.org

Mission Statement

A private school (preK-8th) offering a Catholic curriculum, St. Thomas More Academy (STMA) was founded in 2000 to meet the increasing demands for faith-based education in Maryland, more specifically in Frederick County.  STMA is a community of students, parents and educators working together to achieve excellence in education inspired by Catholic traditions and spirituality.  Our mandate is to grow the hearts, minds and souls of students so that they develop fully their capabilities and talents as children of God and recognize their own unique self worth and potential to contribute positively to the world around them.  Our mission is to become the area's faith-based education of choice.  We offer a rigorous academic curriculum featuring a Classical Liberal Arts Program, small class sizes, daily activities immersed in a spiritual setting and after school programs, clubs and sports.

Main Programs

  1. St. Thomas More Academy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Buckeystown, Adamstown, Jefferson, Frederick, Urbana, Ijamsville, Clarksville, New Market, Mt. Airy, Damascus, Walkersville, Leesburg, VA and parts of West Virginia

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Dr. James Merkel

Co Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Chris Siedor

Keywords

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elementary, catholic, school, classical, christian, liberal arts, religious, private, Pre-K,

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Also Known As

STMA

EIN

52-2228263

Physical Address

103 Prospect Street

Middletown, MD 21769

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Roman Catholic (X22)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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St. Thomas More Academy offers a rigorous education in a spiritual setting implemented by a dedicated staff of teachers at a low cost for parents who want to give their children a faith based education.  The best hope for htis country's future lies in each succeeding generation.  This school's attention to the child's maturation with both spiritual and physical education, will ultimately produce a contributing, caring and capable adult.  That is the central theme of what this school is about.

Programs

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Program 1

St. Thomas More Academy

Educate students Pre-K through 8th grade

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,108,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Buckeystown, Adamstown, Jefferson, Frederick, Urbana, Ijamsville, Clarksville, New Market, Mt. Airy, Damascus, Walkersville, Leesburg, VA and parts of West Virginia

Funding Needs

To ensure financial viability that obviates the sensitivity to being a fiscally tuition based school, we are striving to create an endowment fund that would enable us to provide tuition assitance where it is needed and scholarships where they are earned.  We are striving to attract new donors and supporters through our relationship and community building activities and by developing our grant writing program.  Balancing affordable tuition with rising operating costs compounded by the current economy has become challenging and we are in need of additional income to accomplish our goals and meet our budget.

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St Thomas More Academy Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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St. Thomas More Academy, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. James Merkel

Co Principal Officer

Chris Siedor

BIO

Dr. Merkel is Vice President with Merrill Lynch and is responsible for developing Comprehensive Wealth Management Programs for high, net-worth individuals. A graduate of Maryland and Iowa State University's graduate school of business and engineering, he taught at the University level and was director of R&D with an International Engineering Firm. In the nonprofit sector, he founded Friends of Catholic Education, an organization to provide tuition assistance for Catholic school students. He also founded the Entrepreneurial Council of Frederick County which recognizes, supports and facilitates entrepreneurship.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We measure success by happy chilren- their ability to play, pray and learn- as well as content parents.  Since it's inception, STMA has celebrated five 8th grade graduations, including one of the original 4 students who graduated in the Spring of 2008.  The Spring of 2009 marked the high school graduation of the first alumni class from STMA.  The pride we feel watching and celebrating the accomplishments of our STMA alumni cannot be measured concretely.  One of the graduates of the STMA Class of 2005 embodied our school mandate when he traveled to Africa to take part in a pilgrimmage to Tanzania and South Africa where he served with other missionaries visiting schools, churches, orphanages, HIV centers, disability centers and hospitals.  He was so moved by the experience, he expanded the extent of his service and began a fundraising campaign for ambulances for the hospitals upon his return to Maryland.  The evidence of our excellence is in the accomplishments of our graduates and alumni.  They continue to bring honor and pride to our school and we look forward to watching each of them make positive contributions to the world around them as they continue to develop their God given talents as college students and young adults.   We receive no subsides from any organization, school district or local parish.  Balancing affordable tuition costs with rising operational costs and attracting/maintaining quality teachers and instructors continue to be our top priority and challenge.  Obtaining the funds necessary to create Endowment Funds, Scholarships and financial assistance to students and their families who are struggling to provide their children with a faith based education is also a top priority."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jim Merkel President

Merrill Lynch

Term: July 2000 - June

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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