Our Story

St. Thomas More Collegiate (STMC) is a Catholic co-educational independent secondary school (grades 8 – 12), in Burnaby, British Columbia (BC), Canada, that has offered young men and women from throughout British Columbia’s Lower Mainland an extraordinary education and a second home for almost six decades. Since 1960, when three Christian Brothers opened the school to 110 Knights, STMC has helped shape thousands of young minds and touched the lives of their families.

Today, STMC is a leader in academics, athletics and fine arts. Repeatedly ranked by the Fraser Institute in the top 10% of secondary schools in BC, St. Thomas More Collegiate gives young people a strong academic foundation for success. Consistently, 99% of STMC students graduate with over 85% pursuing post-secondary studies. A St. Thomas More Collegiate education goes beyond academics. STMC offers students a second home – an extension of family and develops a student’s character and faith; it is a place where young adults feel a sense of pride and teaches them how to participate in a thriving, active community.

STMC’s students are a force for youth philanthropy. Whether preparing and serving dinner for homeless neighbours, raising funds for local non-profits, campaigning for environmentally sensitive practices or travelling to developing countries around the world working side by side with locals to dig wells and build schools, STMC students are standing in solidarity with people marginalized by poverty and injustice. STMC graduates serve their communities in all walks of life, as business leaders, social workers, academics and solid citizens.

Founded by the Christian Brothers, St. Thomas More Collegiate strives to be faithful to the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice, and seeks to educate all children – no matter their religion, race or socio-economic background.

As a faith and learning community we are called to LEARN, LEAD AND SERVE
STMC’s Vision is “For every Knight to optimize their potential, serve others and create a just and caring world.”
Core Values

A gospel value expressed in our Catholic traditions and moral teachings



A sense of unity of purpose and belonging built on trust, inclusivity, respect and collaboration



A drive for continual improvement and innovation in people and programs



A call to action and advocacy for social, economic, and environmental equity