Like other private, non-profit 501(c)3 elementary schools, St. Thomas the Apostle School depends on annual giving to offset the difference between tuition and the true cost of educating each child. The mainstay of St. Thomas the Apostle’s fundraising program & annual giving contributions are raised and spent during the current fiscal/school year, providing an immediate and direct benefit to each student. There is an engaged and invested community from the participation from all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, school board, alumni and parishioners.
At St. Thomas, we continue to stay true to our mission of building a blessed community in the heart of Los Angeles, one child at a time. It is through the support and generosity of foundations, alumni, and friends of St. Thomas that we continue to provide a quality Catholic school education to our families, despite financial hardships. To honor this investment, we continue our commitment to academic excellence and ensure that our graduates are given the necessary foundation for success in the future. Over 90% of St. Thomas graduates enroll in a Catholic high school.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University highlights the importance of Catholic schools in Los Angeles for students living in poverty. The findings are impressive and truly demonstrate that inner-city schools like ours are doing a fine job in preparing our students to become “civically engaged, socially conscious, and economically productive members of their communities”.