Welcome to St. Thomas Catholic School

2014-2015 Registration


Registration is open for the 2014-15 school year.  Please contact the school office for a registration packet and Smart Tuition forms.  St. Thomas School will be offering classes from Preschool through Grade 4 next year.  We look forward teaching your children and helping them to continuing to grow in God's love!


Dear (potential) families of St. Thomas Aquinas School,


Jesus told his disciples, and now says to us: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).  


In my priestly ministry I take this charge from Jesus seriously.  It is our job to pass on the faith to the next generation and this is one of your primary duties as parents.  It is one of mine as well.  I want you to know of my prayers and support as you continue to fulfill this noble task and thank you to your yes to be parents! 


I come from an education background (my Mom and Dad and aunt are all retired health and physical education teachers).  I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher and I received a degree in high school math teaching from the College of St. Scholastica in 2006.  What I didn’t know until more recently that my life would be devoted to teaching the Catholic faith rather than a subject matter!


I am very excited for the future of St. Thomas Aquinas School.  We have a lot of potential for growth—the harvest (of potential students) is abundant!  I have already experienced the excitement and generosity from our faithful in their spiritual and financial support to rebuild the great traditions we have. 


I will do my best to facilitate a Catholic and Christian atmosphere for your students by working with our principal, teachers, parents and students on a daily basis.  I consider a priest’s presence at any Catholic school to be of utmost importance and I look forward to working with everyone involved in your child’s education and formation.


My goal is to help make St. Thomas Aquinas an excellent and financially viable option for you as you discern what path to take for your child’s education.  If you are considering registering your child for this fall, please fill out the registration form and turn it into the parish or school office.  If financial concerns are present, please contact our principal—Dawn Flesland—or myself to discuss different options for your family.  My prayer is that no family who wants to enroll their students would be deterred by the cost of tuition.  If we all make sacrifices—within the parish and school budgets, by the generosity of the faithful and your personal budgeting—I believe Catholic education can and will be affordable.


Know of my daily prayers and please continue to support our mission of leading our children to Jesus.  St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of our parish and patron of all students, pray for us!


God Bless,

Fr. Ben Hadrich





  • In 1920, Father Dwyer started to sell the idea of a parochial school to the parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas with the hopes that a school would keep religion alive in the parish.
  • The school opened in 1927 with two hundred pupils in grades one through six.
  • By 1929, the school had expanded to house seventh and eight grade.
  • In 1959, the Parish remodeled and built an addition onto the school.
  • In 1975, Kindergarten was added and in 1978, Preschool began. St. Thomas has been accredited by MNSAA since 1995.
  • St. Thomas School is a Pre kindergarten to 8th grade school. Total enrollment for 2013-14 is 46 students.

Surrounding Community

International Falls is the largest community and the county seat of Koochiching County. It is located on the northern edge of Minnesota across the Rainy River from Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. Major employers in the area include Boise Cascade, Public Schools, Koochiching County, Falls Memorial Hospital/Duluth Clinic, and Rainy River Community College. St. Thomas School has a positive relationship with the community. The students provide unmatched services to the area. They provide money and food for the Falls Hunger Coalition, participate in the Hospice Tree of Memories during the holiday season, visit the nursing home residents,honor our veterans on Veterans Day, participate through pen pals to keep the area "shut-ins" company, and provide Bible partners for youth and seniors.


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