Monsignor Matthew Clarke Catholic Regional School

Located in Wakefield, Rhode Island, Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke School is a Catholic school with students enrolled from 18 months through grade 8. As a Diocesan regional school, MCS welcomes students of all faiths. Bus transportation is available throughout the southern region for students in grades K-8. Students of all faiths are welcome to apply.The Catholic tradition is alive and well at Monsignor Clarke School. We strive to provide an atmosphere that supports the whole child, and focuses on building confidence, capability, a healthy sense of self, and an awareness of and concern for others. Within the context of our faith, we teach our students how to learn, and more importantly, how to question and understand the world around them. Our educational programs place emphasis on the spiritual, intellectual, physical and aesthetic development of each student.
We invite you to browse our website and to stop into school, where you see what makes us the right choice for you!

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School Overview

Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes

Student Body

Total Students273 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Monsignor Matthew Clarke Catholic Regional School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio20:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$7,675
Tuition NotesK-5 tuition reflected
Admissions DirectorSara Marshall


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Martial Arts, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Martial ArtsSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Families of all faiths are welcome
  • Little Angels Program for 18 mos - 3yrs (year round)
  • Extended Day and Summer Camp Programs for Pre-k and up
  • Bus Transportation available from most towns
  • Same Start and End Time for all Grades
  • Wide Variety of After School Programs for all ages

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Excellent school! Fantastic teachers and dedicated staff. Small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Core values set the tone to help instill a good moral compass.
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The caring and active school community serves as a loving extension of the family to raise students to be "the best versions of themselves". Through the MCS Core Values students (and all members of the community) are led to be "faithful leaders who serve with kindness and respect". Recently, teachers, students, and families "weathered the storm together" throughout the spring of 2020 to continue learning, praying, and growing in faith and knowledge despite the challenges of remote learning. I am thankful and proud that we are part of such a wonderful community where my daughter is truly cared for and continues to learn and thrive.
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This unprecedented time of challenge reveals a community's true strengths and weaknesses. From the moment COVID-19 hit Rhode Island, the MCS leadership mobilized to create a remote learning plan that would enable students to realize some sense of normality. To that end, while other schools enjoyed an unexpected week of early spring break, MCS is in its second week of remote learning. The bumps last week were minor and with candid and frequent communication between all levels of the school community, this week's lesson plans and schedules were thoughtfully adapted. It is obvious how much time, energy, dedication and love this team of teachers and our beloved principal, Dr. Lisi, have expended. Their education plans are creative, thoughtful, challenging and adaptable. Students are held accountable for their work and attendance but the leadership is accessible, which is crucial in a time of "social distancing." As a working mother, I would be sunk if the kids didn't have a structure to follow, academic challenges to face and work they can navigate without constant supervision. I am so grateful for this school, its teachers, leaders, parents and students. Heartfelt thanks.
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My son transferred to MSC in the middle of the school year. He was greeted with open arms and warm smiles from staff and fellow students. After a few days, I have seen so much growth and change in my son and in our household. He is eager to start his homework when he gets home from school. He is focused, calm, and productive. Every night, he communicates with me every night what he has learned that day in school. He is excited to return to school the next day. I feel truly blessed to be apart of the MCS community. Please consider Monsignor Clarke for your child's education, you will be glad that you did.
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This year we were new to the school and what a refreshing change. We were supported by parent and student ambassadors during the transition. Everyone in the school community has been overwhelmingly kind and helpful. The teachers seem very dedicated to the students and communication is fantastic. Students listen to their teachers and are able to learn without the disruptions that come with negative behavior. My son had said this is such a refreshing change. He is excited to go to school and comes out with a smile each day. I have seen him grow academically this year and he continues to see respect for self and others fostered in school every day! Thank you MCS for being such a positive place for my child to grow and learn.
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The teachers are amazing and the students really care about each other. The teachers spend the time to get to know each and every student and teach them real values that make them strong individuals. The academics are on par with the best schools and the community of friends are great.
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My son LOVED his experience at MCS. When he joined the MCS family, he came in half way through the year. They were warm, welcoming and friendly. Everyone greeted him and he became fast friends with his classmates. We've noticed a difference in his compassion. We've enjoyed seeing him grow and mature with his time at MCS.
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Msgr. Clarke was a fantastic experience where my son truly felt like he could be his best self. The academics are rigorous and he was fully prepared for high school. In fact, he received an academic scholarship and continues to perform in a high school honors program. The core values and emphasis on "service to others" is something that is lacking in public schools. We did experience public school for two years and my son made the choice to come back to MCS! This school administration partners with parents to help you navigate the elementary and middle school years. It's a warm, welcoming, family centered community and I highly recommend it.
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