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.

St. Thomas More Collegiate’s Mission as a Catholic school, with Saint Thomas More and Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice as our role models, endeavours to form a welcoming Christian community, recognizing and respecting the value of each individual, leading all to grow toward their full potential in their faith, knowledge and love.
STMC’s Vision is “for every Knight to make a positive contribution to the Earth and its people.”
Core Values
  • Vibrant Liturgy & Religious Education
  • Gospel Values
  • Joyful, Loving Service


  • Challenging Oneself and Others
  • Readiness to Risk
  • Celebrating Success


  • Welcoming Feeling
  • Pride & Ownership
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Respect for Individual Dignity