F.A.Q.

Does Saint Thomas Regional School offer tuition assistance?
The school offers tuition assistance from diocesan and parish resources. Please click here for additional information.

What grades are served by Saint Thomas?
Saint Thomas School provides classroom education for Kindergarten through 8th grade.

How many students are enrolled at Saint Thomas Regional School?
Our school offers a smaller student: teacher ratio which guarantees more attention to each individual student in the classroom.

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend Saint Thomas Regional School? If no, are we eligible for financial aid?
There are no religious requirements to attend Saint Thomas, however as a parish school of the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Providence, our spiritual mission is to instill Christian values and to educate students in the Catholic faith tradition. All students, regardless of their religious affiliation, are required to participate in the religious education portion of the academic program and to attend Mass on designated days throughout the school year. (Reception of the Sacraments is not required.)
All students are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.

Is there a full-day Kindergarten Program?
There is as full day Kindergarten program.

Is there a middle school program?
Yes, there is a middle school program.

Do you have a hot lunch program?
Yes, a hot lunch program is administered by the Sodexo Marriott Program and includes milk. The cost per day for lunch is $1.75. A monthly lunch calendar may be found here.

What time does school begin and end?
The day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m.

Is there a dress code?
Yes, the school requires a spring/fall and winter uniform. Please click here to learn more about uniforms. Uniforms may be purchased through Donnelly’s in Providence.

How safe are students and teachers at Saint Thomas?
Safety and providing our students with the very best education are the top priorities at the school. Access to the school is controlled at all times. No one may freely enter without first obtaining permission from the office. Those without appointments or unknown to administration are not permitted at the school at anytime. All visitors must first identify themselves through the use of an intercom and security camera. Only when the visitor has been identified are they permitted entrance beyond the locked exterior doors of the school.

Are Athletic programs offered at Saint Thomas Regional School?
St. Thomas School participates in CYO Basketball and Soccer.

Are there extra-curricular activities?
Yes, after school homework club for grades 5-8, band, chorus, class officers and much more.

Is it possible to schedule a tour of Saint Thomas Regional School?
We welcome any parent who is considering Saint Thomas School to visit the building and meet with wonderful teachers and students. St. Thomas School also invites prospective students to spend a day at the school with a student in the grade they would enter.

Why should I send my child to Saint Thomas Regional School?
Saint Thomas Regional School educates and nourishes the total child: spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally. Through active practice of the corporal works of mercy, our students do as Jesus did: love God and our neighbor. St. Thomas School offers a challenging curriculum that strives to meet the needs of various learners. Our school is a close knit community with programs that seek to develop each child’s full potential. By introducing our students to various forms of expression we invite them to explore and find their gifts.

Do parents pay for textbooks?
Rhode Island State Law mandates that textbooks are provided by the cities and towns of the students’ residence. Legislative measures are introduced from time to time that would cancel this mandate, however Saint Thomas and the diocesan schools’ office regularly remind state leaders of the millions provided each year for public school teachers and students thanks to Catholic Schools. There is a small workbook fee for each grade.

Is bus service available for Saint Thomas Regional School students?
Yes, Saint Thomas is a regional school and busing is currently provided by the cities/towns of: Johnston, North Providence, Providence, and Smithfield.

Is Saint Thomas Regional School an accredited educational facility?

Yes, the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.