Welcome to The High School of Saint Thomas More

Welcome to STM! We are so glad you found us! We hope to tell you a bit of our story on the pages of our website. To hear more, please schedule a time to come visit!

The High School of Saint Thomas More was the vision of parents who desired authentic Catholic education for their children beyond 8th grade. We opened our doors to students on August 24, 2000. We welcomed 73 students to the school, 21 sophomores and 52 freshmen. Our first graduating class was in 2003, and by that time, the class was down to 17 mighty Seniors. These alum are now successful doctors, businessmen and women, working in medical professions, and more!

Today, we welcome over 200 students each day to our halls. Our academics are top of the line. We offer over 20 honors, AP, and Dual Credit courses. We have a working farm on campus which is farmed by local families. This has given our Agriscience class hand's on learning experiences within the Agricultural fields!


About our Patron

St. Thomas More

A portrait of Sir Thomas More

Who was St. Thomas More?

St. Thomas More was born in London on February 7, 1478. During his childhood, he rigorously studied religion and the classics. In 1492, he attended Oxford to study law. He considered becoming a priest, but he decided he could not deny the married state and wished to be a chaste husband rather than an impure priest.

In 1501, he was elected to Parliament. Four years later he met and married his first wife Jane Colt. Together they had three daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Cecilia, and one son, John. In 1511, Jane died an early death. Soon afterwards, More married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother to his young children.

More spent the next several years working in embassies that took him away from England for many months. It was during this time he wrote the famous Utopia. 

St. Thomas More became a friend of King Henry VIII who knighted him and eventually made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. More resigned in 1532 after opposing Henry on the matter of royal divorce and refusing to swear the Oath of Supremacy that declared that Henry VIII was the head of the Church in England rather than the Pope. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London where he continued to write and pray, still defending the the pope's supremacy and Catholicism within the realm.

On July 1, 1535, More was indicted for high treason before a special commission. He was found guilty and sentenced to be executed. On July 6, he was beheaded. His body is buried in the Church of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London.



The High School of St. Thomas More belongs to a Catholic Schools Collaborative called Duc in Altum, which is Latin for "put out into the deep." Duc in Altum gets its name from Jesus' command to Peter to cast his nets out into the deep waters to catch some fish, after Peter had fished all night and caught nothing. Peter's obedience to Our Lord's command yielded so many fish that his boat was in danger of sinking! (cf. Luke 5)

DIA Schools Collaborative seeks to share the collective wisdom and resources of its like-minded, faith-filled school members for the betterment of each institution, the growth and support of passionately Catholic education at-large, and the transformation of the culture of our society.

To learn more about the DIA Schools Collaborative, visit their website at https://diaschools.org/.

As a Diocesan school in the Diocese of Peoria, STM belongs to to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). The mission of the NCEA is: In service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA strengthens Catholic school communities by convening all stakeholders and providing professional development, data, public policy and resources to support faith and intellectual formation.

To learn more about the NCEA, visit their website at https://www.ncea.org/.



At The High School of St. Thomas More, we believe that Catholic education should be accessible to ALL students, regardless of ability. As such, we are a partner with the FIRE Foundation of Central Illinois, who's mission is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive Catholic education in their home parish schools.

To learn more about the FIRE Foundation, visit their website at https://www.firefoundationcil.org/.