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324 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871 | 401.683.0268

School Profile

Saint Philomena School is one of the finest private, Catholic elementary schools in New England. Each day we welcome 430 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.

FCJ LEADERSHIP

Sr Bonnie Moser, Provincial Leader

Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, Provincial Bursar 

Sr. Imelda Toomy, Local Leader and Board Member

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Brian Cordeiro
Principal

Jeffrey Moniz
Vice Principal

STUDENT BODY

Total Enrollment: 432

Girls: 224
Boys: 208

Average class size varies from 18-25 with two classroom sections per grade. Traditionally, class size is smaller in our earliest grades.

FACULTY

Teaching Faculty: 32
Percentage of Faculty with advanced degrees: 55%

CAMPUS

No. of acres: 15
Facilities: 6
Beach
Computer Lab
Learning Common–
Library (14,000+ volumes) &
Technology Center intergrating
Tradional and New Media Resources
to advance 21st Century
Learning!

Nature Trail
Outdoor Amphitheatre
Soccer / Lacrosse Field
Two Outdoor Tennis/Basketball Courts
Gymnasium
Auditorium
Playground
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

SCHOOL HOURS
8:45 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

ARRIVAL
8:30-8:45 A.M.

CLASSES BEGIN
9 A.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 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.

TRANSPORTATION

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

Textbooks are provided by the school and state at no charge to Rhode Island residents. Residents of Massachusetts pay a $50 rental fee.

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, Diman Regional Vo-Tech, Bishop Feehan High School, Portsmouth High School, Middletown High School, Rogers High School

TUITION AND FEES FOR 2016-2017

Grades K - 8 : $8975

Pre Kindergarten 5 Day/Full Day : $9375 

Pre Kindergarten 3 Day/Full Day : $5625

Preschool 2 Day/ Full Day Program: $3750

Technology and Activity Fee: $100

Extended Day Care: $4 / hr

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 is a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the Independent Schools Association of RI and Aquidneck Island Collaborative for Education.

SAINT PHILOMENA SCHOOL ACCOLADES

Samantha Hedden
Social Studies Teacher, Grades 6&7
2016 Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for Rhode Island and National Nominee

Marc Haskell
Math Teacher, Grades 6-8
2016 & 2014 State Finalist Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Paula Baker
Teacher, Grade One
2008 National Catholic Education Association Teacher of the Year, Northeast Region

Cathy Gurspan
Director of Technology
Google and Apple Certified Educator

Pamela Nadeau
Visual Art Teacher
Published Author - Arts & Activities Magazine, Sept. 2012

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