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An Educational Philosophy Rooted in Mission

Saint Philomena School of the Sacred Heart's educational philosophy framed by the assumption that education is a developmental process that lays the foundation for the students to become integral persons, people who live lives of integrity. As Sacred Heart Educators, every faculty and staff member is primarily concerned with the development of the whole person. Within an atmosphere charged by the presence of the divine, we engage each student’s heart, mind, and will. Considering the realities of the world and the profound challenges young people face in light of the emerging future, we aim to form our students on a path towards transformation and hope by providing an effective education that includes the formation of character.   

Sacred Heart Educators intend to instill in young people the skills and attitudes that enhance critical consciousness and compassionate action. The charism of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sophie’s vision of education, and the values articulated in the Goals and Criteria guide the educators as they cultivate the virtues essential for students to embark on a path of discernment and realize their full potential as socially aware empathetic thinkers committed to compassion and justice.

A Mission Fostering Educational Excellence 
  • Saint Philomena School of the Sacred Heart is a nationally recognized Catholic independent school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The 25th member of the internationally recognized Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada
  • A twice named U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  • A member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Independent Schools Association of Rhode Island
  • Designated a Rhode Island Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
  • Raytheon Company's MathMovesU National Math Heroes Award Winner
We are proud of our comprehensive academic program that challenges and inspires students to grow and learn. Some highlights of the comprehensive academic experience include:
  • Passionate teachers who directly help to shape and guide the student experience
  • Comprehensive Co-Curricular Program for Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Library Literacy and Technology
  • World Language learning from grade 3 to grade 8
  • Mathematics curriculum that supports accelerated and on-level learners allowing students the opportunity to work towards completing pre-algebra, algebra 1 or geometry in grade 8.
  • A balanced curriculum that engages technology and resources while cultivating the foundational skills of confident interpersonal communication, eye contact and the ability to work with others.
  • K-5 blended learning technology program to guide 21st century learning in digital citizenship, coding and keyboarding 
  • Respect for keeping children active from preschool to Grade 8 on a campus setting with playgrounds, fields, nature trails and buildings to walk between while changing classes.  We value recess for all ages.