St. Philomena School

Tel: (401)683-0268
Grades: PK-8 | 469 students
Saint Philomena School is one of the finest private, Catholic elementary schools in New England.
Each day we welcome 466 boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Our students come from 18 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 and today have one of the finest facilities in the area with five buildings, bountiful open space and the shores of Narragansett Bay at our door.
St. Philomena School, F.C.J. is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, cultural, aesthetic, social and physical development of its students, so that they may bring to fruition all their God-given talents and thus fulfill God's unique plan for them.
One of the goals of the St. Philomena School Family is to continually develop the student's ability to assume more and more responsibility for decision making.
The child is seen as a learner and investigator, and to function properly as such, requires freedom to search as well as the knowledge and skills to attack this quest effectively.
In this common quest we recognize that each child has individual needs.
We attempt to meet these needs by working with the individual child and with groups.
Children learn from each other, from books and materials, from experiences in the world around them, as well as from their teachers and their parents.
In close partnership with parents, it is our purpose to provide the necessary environment for each child; so that learning, growth and development may take place.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Resource help available
Year Founded 1953
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2009

Student Body

Total Students 469 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade St. Philomena School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 25 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(School uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $8,325
Tuition Notes K-8 $8325; PreK-2 day, $3490; 3 day, $5235; 5 day, $8725
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Admissions Director Jayne Martin
Admissions Associate Maria Abreu


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Band, Chess, Chinese, Chorus, Handbell Choir, Homework, Karate, Nature, Science, Tennis Clinics, Yoga and many more! Art, Band, Chess, Chinese, Chorus, Homework, Karate, Nature, Science, Handbell Choir,
Tennis Clinics,
Yoga and many more!,

School Notes:

  • St. Philomena School offers an Extended Day Program. 7:30 to 8:30 A.M. and 3 to 5 P.M. Cost is $4 per hour. We also offer extensive after school acitivities such as tennis clinics, arts and crafts, music, robotics, Mock Trial, Homework Club, Math Club and more!

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Portsmouth Abbey School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Beginnings-the Children's School (1.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Pennfield School (3.5 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Portsmouth
    Grades: 9-12 | 361 students
    0.1 miles
    285 Corys Ln
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Portsmouth
    Grades: KG | 5 students
    1.4 miles
    1985 East Main Road
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Portsmouth
    Grades: NS-8 | 174 students
    3.5 miles
    110 Sandy Point Ave Litle Slocum Farm
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Portsmouth
    Grades: K-12 | 57 students
    3.7 miles
    321 E Main Rd
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Middletown
    Bright Ideas Preschool
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: K | 30 students
    4.6 miles
    1272 W Main Rd
    Middletown, RI 02842

School Reviews

This is a great school, the children and staff are so kind. If you are looking for a catholic school but switching from a public school, this is obviously the place to go. Every grade has great kids, which not many schools have. The teachers are always willing to give extra help to the kids, in the morning and after school. Some schools just focus on sports, but not st. phil's. They turn their attention to the arts. They have the play each year, art shows, and two concerts a year with the band, music ministry, hand bells, and violins. Just an awesome school. Forever, St. Phil's!
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/06/15

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