About St. Thomas More SchoolSt. Thomas More Parish was created by Bishop John F. Dearden on June 8, 1953. Bishop Deaden appointed Reverend James P. Logue pastor on June 18th of that year. Religious education classes started shortly thereafter in the month of September 1953. The parish school opened on September 7, 1957 with a new wing in 1958.
The parish school flourished during the late 1950s and
early 1960s with the Bishop's
mandate that all Catholics must send their children to a Catholic school. The school
continued to grow during the 1970s though the Bishop's mandate was no longer in
effect. Enrollment began a downward slide in the early 1980s. In an effort to reinforce
the importance of Catholic education, the school staff worked to clarify its position in
the church community & the community at large. In 1988 St. Thomas More School
became the first satellite program for the Diocesan St. Anthony's program for
exceptional children. An elevator was added and the school became the first
handicapped accessible school in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
In the years between 2005 and 2009, the school population doubled, despite the tribulations of constructing our new school building, which we believe is a testament to the strength of our academic programming. During this time a brand new, state-of-the-art, school facility was built with an IT infrastructure to support a network of more than 150 Dell computers, all with access to the World Wide Web, and SMARTBoards™ in every classroom. The Catherine Prezioso-Lacouture Memorial Library/Computer Lab is the hub of our information technology instruction with 30 computers, used daily, for research and computer literacy education, while the Perryman science lab offers laptop computers to accommodate the digital microscopes that use the Motic Images 2000 software. The school is fiscally sound having met the requirements established by the Bishop for funding Catholic elementary schools.
Pastor: Father Mark Eckman
Principal: Mrs. Sheila Riley
A suburban community of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Students are drawn from
the surrounding communities of: Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, South Park, Peters
Township, Baldwin Township, City of Pittsburgh, and Chartiers Valley.
400 students in preschool through grade 8.
Pastor; Principal; School Advisory Board
Professional Pay Scale Range full time teacher
Catechetical / Diocesan Certification
Principal and all full time teachers have PA State, Diocesan and religious certification