Summer@STH delivers a rich variety of engaging opportunities directed to developing lifelong learners and champions for life.

Our goal is to provide an experience which sparks curiosity and ignites passion while improving core skills through a wide range of fun yet challenging activities in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, in the computer lab or in the film room.

Each course in our summer curriculum is rooted in problem solving and critical thinking, an increasingly more valuable ability in the eyes of college admissions boards, as well as business and nonprofit leaders, at times considered more important than a particular undergraduate college degree path.

Summer@STH ... academic achievement, personal growth and cultural exploration.


St. Thomas is utilizing the most well­-researched study skills curriculum available, the SMARTS Executive Function Program,​ developed by Dr. Lynn Meltzer of the Research Institute for Learning and Development and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

SMARTS ...​ S​trategies, M​otivation, A​wareness, R​esilience, T​alents, S​uccess. This amazing resource is designed for all ability levels and identifies Executive Functioning strengths and challenges along with individual strategies for learning, as well as the why, where, when and how to use them.

Six major units of instruction are emphasized ... including goal setting, flexible problem solving, organizing time and materials, accessing working memory, and self­-monitoring.

NOW is the time to seize the skills and strategies that will remove unnecessary stress from school work in high school and beyond. Discover and develop tools for time management, efficient note ­taking, textbook reading and tips for enhancing memory ... along with streamlining your study habits to better complete assignments and improving your aptitude for recalling facts during exams. Give yourself an edge!

This rewarding one-week camp with a focus on Public Forum Debate is designed by acclaimed college preparatory faculty members to give beginners entering grades 6-12 an introduction to basic oratory skills such as pacing, articulation and body language, all fundamental elements to deliver speeches and debate clearly, concisely and persuasively.

All students are instructed with effective debate strategies rooted in logic and critical thinking, research and analysis, leadership and teamwork, rebuttals and summary.

The goal is for all campers take ownership of their intellectual development, learn to read an audience and use creativity to persuade, as well as better express thoughts in academic work and college applications.

St. Thomas in collaborating with St. Agnes Academy have assembled a team of renown instructors with deep expertise who have mentored award-winning results from the National Forensics League, Texas Forensics Association, National Speech and Debate Association, Tournament of Champions and Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

There’s no debate - gaining a greater command as a public speaker and the power of debate are increasingly valuable strengths for life-long success. Let’s get started!

Students may bring their own lunch or prepay $50 for a prepared lunch for the week at time of online registration

STH Faculty: Darrell Yarbrough, English Department, Speech & Forensics Team Director

St. Agnes Faculty: Kate Wright, Communications Chair, Speech & Forensics Sponsor
Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Have a sense of humor, like to make others laugh or cry? Do you have what it takes to command the stage or become the next big star?​

Theater Performance Camp can help aspiring young actors and musical theater performers spark a curiosity or reach their dreams. Students entering grades 6­-12 will collaborate with STH Theater Director Dan Green who owns more than twenty years experience leading acclaimed STH productions, including recent performances of Three Musketeers, The Addams Family Musical, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Macbeth, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and The Mouse That Roared. The nine­-day highly orchestrated workshop focuses on having fun while stretching the performing talents of artists of all levels culminating in an exciting summer showcase. Limited spaces are available so register early!

STH Faculty: Dan Green, English Department, Drama Director

Lights, camera, action ... and you! Creative? Ambitious? Curious to try something exciting? Discover a hidden talent at the STH Film Camp while taking part in the creative process and appreciating the collaborative nature of the film medium.​​

Our film camp is designed for people with little or no experience in making films. The programs focus on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the participants to direct their own projects and gain a valuable thorough understanding of all aspects of filmmaking.​

Participants are grouped and divided into crews in this week-long workshop and learn to write, shoot, light and edit an original masterpiece. Each student is provided the opportunity to play a valuable role in the production of a film while receiving the hands-on instruction needed to perfect their craft ... all culminating with a film festival that recognizes your accomplishments.​

STH Faculty: Dan Green, English Department, Drama Director

Did you know that exploring possible college majors and careers begins with exploring your own personality, interests and values? This two-day intensive, interactive workshop will include:

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment - Understanding your unique personality type will help in finding work activities, work environments and jobs that are a strong fit and lead to higher career satisfaction.

iStart Strong interest inventory - Through identification of your top interest areas, you will learn what types of jobs and work environments are most motivating and interesting to you.

Work values assessment - Values are qualities considered to be the most important guiding principles that help set priorities in your career and life. They are thought to provide a compass for setting goals and making decisions.

Career goal planning - Students will learn how to research college majors and careers, including using online resources and informational interviewing.

At the end of this workshop, students should have a strong understanding of their personality type, career interests, and work values, and be able to evaluate college majors and career possibilities based on this self-knowledge. They will walk away with official MBTI and iStart Strong reports, a list of career and college major exploration resources, and sample career “roadmaps.”

Workshop facilitator is a qualified MBTI and Strong practitioner, with 8+ years’ experience working with these assessments with both high school and college students. The MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory are widely used by colleges, universities, and private career counselors in guiding individuals in the career exploration process.

Workshop is for students entering 10th - 12th grades. Coed.

Facilitator: Shelley Richard, LPC

Applying to College
Learn the STH expectations for college applications. Learn how to complete requests for transcripts and how to work within Naviance. Bring a fully charged laptop.
Enrollment: 24 per session
Instructor: STH Counselor

The College Application

College Application is an application used by nearly 700 colleges and universities nation-wide.
Enrollment: 12 per session
Instructor: STH Counselor

Apply Texas

Almost every college and university in Texas uses the Apply Texas application. This year Apply Texas will open on July 1. Colleges will either accept this application beginning July 1 or August 1. Get a jump start on this application.
Meeting Time:Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00 am
Enrollment: 12 per session
Instructor: STH Counselor

University of Texas/Texas A&M University
Learn from our two state flagship universities about what they are looking for in the application process. Come meet our representatives from these schools and learn about their admissions processes.
Meeting Time: 9:30am and 11:00am, Monday, June 12 and July 24
Enrollment: 80 per session
Presenters: Admissions Representatives from UT and TAMU

Competitive Colleges

Admissions to selective colleges is quite competitive. Learn how competitive colleges view college applications and what they are looking for in an application.
Meeting Time: 8:00 am and 9:30am Monday, June 12 and July 24
Enrollment: 80 per session
Presenter: Rice University Admissions Representative

The College Essay

This topic will be covered in two sessions. The first will be in a large group setting where the instructor will discuss college essays in general and will give instruction on how to write the most common of college essays. The second session will be a one-on-one session for the student and instructor after the essay has been written. The instructor will evaluate the essay and make suggestions as to how to improve it.
Meeting Time (Instructional Session): Monday, June 12 or July 24 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00 am
Enrollment: 10 per session
Meeting Time (Individual Review): June 13, 14, 15 or July 25, 26, 27 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm
Instructor: Laura Speck, STH English Teacher

Resume Writing

Resumes are important for job applications and for college applications. Many schools request a student resume. Develop, refine, and build your resume.
Meeting Time: Thursday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Enrollment: 16
Instructor: STH Counselors

Interview Skills

Practice your interview skills with a college interviewer or a counselor.
Meeting Time: Thursday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Enrollment: 16
Instructor: STH Counselors

Registration Instructions:

Students do not have to attend all one to four days. Both the June and July sessions will be identical. Individual student schedules will depend on courses selected. Sessions begin daily at 8:00 am and end daily by 1:00pm. Please select the courses you would like to take, and individual student schedules will be created. If you have specific needs, please email Mr. Wiens at:

Please indicate if you prefer the JUNE or the JULY session

Monday (Select #1  and one from #3) –
1. Applying to College
2. The College Essay – must take this to take the essay critique class.
3. College Representatives
A. University of Texas
B. Texas A&M
C. Selective Colleges (Rice)

Tuesday/Wednesday (Select one day) –
1. Apply Texas Application
2. College Application
3. Essay Critique (Individual)

Thursday (Select up to 3) –
1. Resume Writing
2. Interview Skills
3. Essay Critique (Individual)

  • Only for students who have failed a high school course during a semester of the past school year and have to retake the semester course to recover the credit.
  • If a full year of credit recovery is required in Math or Science, you must register for the first semester of the course in the June session  and the second semester of the course during the July session.
  • All students must be present on the 1st day of class and write the final exam on the day assigned.
  • Attendance to all classes is required. Any student missing more than 2 days of class in the three week period will receive a failing grade in the course and will be withdrawn without refund. Tardy three (3) times to class will equal one day’s absence. Class begins promptly at designated times.
  • All needed materials provided except students will need to bring their own ear buds.

Session 1 – June 5 – June 23• Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
English: I, II, III, IV
Spanish: I, II
Latin: I, II

11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Theology: I, II, III
Social Studies: World History, US History, US Government

Session 2 – July 5 – July 25, Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

***Please note you will make your specific course selection during registration

Cost $450

Open to students from Houston area Catholic High Schools. Coed.

Register Here
STH Band Camp is for returning band members. The week of preparation will prepare band members for the upcoming year. Activities will include selection of music, themes for the shows, fundamentals of music as well as time to meet and engage with incoming freshmen and returning Band members. STH students only. IWA students in the STH Band may also participate.

STH Faculty: Donald Thoede, Fine Arts Department, Band Director