Saint Philomena School is one of the finest private, Catholic elementary schools in New England. Each day we welcome 420 boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8. Our students come from 22 cities and towns in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
While our campus has evolved over the years to meet our students' needs, our student-centered philosophy has never wavered. We began as a one-building school in 1953 and today have one of the finest elementary school facilities in the area with six buildings, sports fields, bountiful open space and the shores of Narragansett Bay at our door.
The Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus established, own and oversee the operation of Saint Philomena School. This international order of Roman Catholic Sisters live in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. The general leadership is headquartered in London, England.
Saint Philomena School is a part of the Province of the Americas of the Society Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) and the only FCJ School in the United States. Provincial and local leadership guide the school. Saint Philomena School is one of over sixteen international FCJ supported schools.
Sr Bonnie Moser, Provincial Leader
Sr. Imelda Toomy, Local Leader and Board Member
Total Enrollment: 420
Average class size varies from 16-24 with two classroom sections per grade. Traditionally, class size is smaller in our earliest grades.
Teaching Faculty: 32
Percentage of Faculty with advanced degrees: 55%
No. of acres: 26
Library (14,000+ volumes) &
Soccer / Lacrosse Field
Two Outdoor Tennis/Basketball Courts
Extensive outdoor campus to encourage student movement and play
St. Philomena School is located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay.
Distance to Newport: 6 miles
Distance to Fall River: 10 miles
Distance to Providence: 20 miles
Distance to Boston: 50 miles
8:45 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
EXTENDED DAY CARE
7:30 to 8:30 A.M.
3:00 to 5:30 P.M.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
St. Philomena School has baseball, basketball, cross country,
lacrosse, volleyball and soccer teams — competitive and intramural.
There is an extensive After School Activities Program with
approximately six sessions per year; most sessions run five
weeks. Activities include various athletic, educational and cultural experiences.
Free school bus transportation is provided by the Rhode Island cities and towns of Little Compton, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton. All other children are transported to St. Philomena School by their families, some of whom may participate in carpools.
Textbooks are provided by the school.
WHERE GRADUATES GO AFTER SAINT PHILOMENA SCHOOL
Bishop Stang, Portsmouth Abbey, Saint George's School, Prout School, St. Mary Academy - Bay View, Bishop Hendricken High School, Tabor Academy, LaSalle Academy, Saint Raphael Academy, Bishop Connolly High School, Diman Regional Vo-Tech, Bishop Feehan High School, Portsmouth High School, Middletown High School, Rogers High School, Moses Brown, Wheeler School
Saint Philomena School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Saint Philomena School is a twice named U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Saint Philomena School has been designated a Rhode Island Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
Raytheon Company's 2012 MathMovesU National Math Heroes Award Winner
SAINT PHILOMENA SCHOOL ACCOLADES
2018 Elementary School Principal of the Year
Director of Technology
Google and Apple Certified Educator
Social Studies Teacher, Grades 6&7
2016 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for Rhode Island and National Nominee
Math Teacher, Grades 6-8
2016 & 2014 State Finalist Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
Visual Art Teacher
Published Author - Arts & Activities Magazine, Sept. 2012