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Military Families


St. Thomas More Cathedral School has been named as a 2020 Purple Star School by the Virginia Department of Education. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.


Planning Your Arrival to St. Thomas More Cathedral School

STM thanks you for your service to our country and welcomes military children from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, the Pentagon, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Washington Navy Yard and other military facilities throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

Visit: Open houses are held each year at the end of January. Our Development Director is the office liaison for military families, ready to assist with any enrollment questions that families may have. Military families who are unable to attend these open houses, may schedule an individual visit to the school through our online Tour Request Form or via email.

The 7th and 8th grade Student Ambassadors comprise our student-led transition team for military families, assisting with open house tours and helping with student visitors. Grade level partners are also assigned to assist individual military students in a seamless transition to STM.

Apply: STM understands that military families may be awaiting confirmation of orders prior to applying, but do encourage military families to apply early if there is even a possibility of relocation to the Arlington area as applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Waitlists are common at all grade levels. Please visit our Admissions Page for application instructions and contact our Registrar, about having your K-8 placement screening proctored at your current duty station. 

Academic Planning for Military Families: St. Thomas More Cathedral School follows the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools Curriculum Guidelines. Additional information on the curriculum and assessments specific to St. Thomas More can be found under the Academics tab of this website. 

Special Needs Navigation: Learn more about our Resource & Title 1 Program here - Resource Program

Guidance/Counseling: Our Guidance Counselor provides support to help your military child with concerns such as transitioning to a new school, apprehensions during periods of separation of a deployed parent, as well as other related military life/student life concerns. Learn more about our Guidance and Counseling services here - Guidance/Counseling

Tuition & Financial Aid: Catholic military families may qualify for the Catholic tuition rate noted on the Tuition Page. Children must be baptized in the Catholic church and families must be registered in a Catholic parish.

Financial assistance may be available through the Arlington Diocese tuition program. Please visit the Tuition Page for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadlines for financial aid are mandatory.

Extended Day: the Extended Day Program at STM is an approved provider in the Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) Program. Military families may qualify for financial assistance through the Child Care Aware of America Military Fee Assistance program. For more information, please visit Child Care Aware.


Planning Your Departure from St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Upon request, military families will receive a refund of the annual re-registration fee and tuition paid if transfer orders are received out of the area. Families must notify the school once orders are received with their pending departure date. Once identified, families must submit the appropriate record release form from their child’s new school to STM so that student records can be forwarded on their behalf.


Additional Links to Military Resources:

Interstate Compact On Educational Opportunity For Military Children

Military Child Education Coalition

Virginia Department of Education Support for Military Families

Child Care Aware