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St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School

Private | PK-8 | 502 students

Long standing reputation for providing high quality Catholic education.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $240,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,360.

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Posted June 10, 2014

I am extremely happy with Aquinas. My daughter excelled by leaps and bounds thanks to her teacher and her teacher's aid. Both of my kids love going to school here as evident by the feel of community. The teachers and administrators made my kids feel like they are safe and cared for. This school is academically challenging as well as being centered in the Catholic faith; the combination produces well rounded children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2014

Very disappointed this school year. Administration has lost child centered approach. Especially towards 8th grade class this year. It is a group of super kids academically, athletically and spiritually. They haven't been treated with the same respect and traditions past classes have. Not a great way to go out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

Curriculum Ok, administrators and other staff, horrible, after school activities a nightmare. Filthy bathrooms, too many parent cliques, rules that are only enforced when they feel like it, and if they like you. Not exactly what I expected from a Catholic School, not what I was used to...sadly! Paying over $900 to be disrespected. Not a good bargain :-(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

As a military family that moves a lot I was happy to FINALLY find a school that not only my Kindergartener would love, but I could feel comfortable sending him too!! The teachers and principal have high expectations for the children but also enjoy showing the kids that you can learn while having fun!! Another reason we love Aquinas is because of the PTO! They are always there when you need them and the school nights that they put together are amazing and fun!! At Aquinas, parent involvement is the best I have ever seen!! I wish that when we move again I could take Aquinas with us!! It's definitely going to be hard to find another great school like it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I prayed for a school that would teach our children about Jesus and His love AND have high academic standards. Aquinas not only meets both of my expectations, but exceeds them. As an elementary school teacher myself, it was extremely hard for me to find a school that met my standards. Aquinas is a gem, and I am so glad we found it. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

As a new military family in the area, this was our first year at Aquinas and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Our Kindergartener and 2nd grader thrived in this environment and were welcomed with open arms. Their teachers were fabulous, and the kids really enjoyed "specials" like computer lab, music, art and Spanish. There were many parent opportunities to volunteer and become involved. I highly recommend being proactive about asking questions and reaching out to "veteran" parents who have been here for multiple years. What a great resource! We're looking forward to many more years here at Aquinas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

For the past six years, our family has been a part of the AQUINAS community. Any child's school experience is what you make of it, i.e. if you get involved, focus on academics as a family, maintain an outlook of partnership with the teacher, as family, with your children, it will be a positive and wonderful educational experience. The problem is that sometimes there are other students or other factors that impact your child's experience, and it's in those moments where a school can shine or not. For us as a family, in those times where things have gone wrong, the guidance, administration and teachers at AQUINAS have showed us that through prayer and dedication, anything can be persevered. So, you see, in 6 years, it has not been perfect every step of the way. Yet, I am certain my children are so much better off for all they have learned at AQUINAS. There really has not been a moment where we felt the school has ever strayed from their mission of developing the whole person for all of my children: spiritual, academic, emotional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2011

My child just finished up kindergarten at Aquinas. I have been nothing but pleased by the teachers. They truly are the best in the diocese My son was continually challenged as the year progressed. He tells me he loves his school and the kids and teachers are very nice. This is important to me since he has been bullied by kids in summer camp held at a "christian school". My son has been in the AP's office twice and I can't say anything bad about her, she treated my son and my husband with respect and empathy My experience as well as my childs has been wonderful at Aquinas, and I would recommend the school to any family looking for a safe, academically challenging school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2010

We are a military family and have been at many different schools. We enrolled our children at Aquinas last year and could not be happier. The teachers and administration are wonderful. Academically the school is very challenging but it also balances that with a large sports program and many different extra-curricular activities and clubs. We found the Admissions process to be very smooth with good information provided through the whole process. We are so blessed to have our children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

My son is in Kindergartner at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge. His teacher and the principal of the school are truly outstanding! We feel very fortunate that our son attends this school. If you live in the Woodbridge area, I highly recommend taking a look at this school as an option for your child/children. God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

I just graduated from ST. Thomas Aquinas in the yr 08-09 and I couldn't have been happier attending any other school! Having the sisters present is amazing! The education you receive is incredible and you go onto High School with no problems! The people and the the sisters make the school, including Fr. Searby of course! Mass on Wednesday's also helped me grow in my faith along with religion class everyday and the awesome opportunity to visit the adoration chapel when ever you felt neccessary. The school is one big family. I absolutly loved my experience there!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2009

Our two children go to this school and we are thrilled with the academic,athletic, and spiritully programs! We are zoned for Fairfax county public schools but St. Thomas Aquinas school is 5 star by far! They provide a safe,loving, open, challenging environment under the direction of the Dominican sisters. They teach to the whole child - intellecutally, spiritully, and phyiscally! The programs offered are excellent! The communication between the parents, child, teachers, and staff is outstanding the best I have ever seen. There is a genuine concern for the welfare and direction of the children. We wouldn't go anywhere else. The PTO is very active and runs smoothly with the staff of the school. It is a well balanced enivorment all around. The leadership of the school is outstanding! We are so very happy and blessed to have our children attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

My three children have all attended Aquinas and we have been very blessed by the Dominican Sisters and the dedicated faculty and staff.
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Posted May 2, 2009

Our daughter is in her third year at this school and we couldn't be happier. Sending her to St. Thomas Aquinas is the best decision we could have made for her and i am excited for her to go all the way through to the 8th grade. The loving and close-knit environment has contributed to our daughter blossoming into a very secure and happy little girl. She's getting an excellent education from a staff who is more concerned with how they can help vs simply doing it for the money. The teachers truly love what they do, and it shows. Five stars in each and every way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

My three kids finished their first year at this school. I was so happy to see how my kids were able to blossom in such a challenging but nurturing environment. The principal and the teachers totally impressed me with how dedicated and 'in tune' they were with each individual kid. Also, I can't say enough about the other parents on how helpful and encouraging they were in reaching out and making our family feel included in everything. When I asked my oldest how he likes this school, he says, 'I don't like all the homework, but I like how everyone is so nice, and I like having so many friends.' I guess that sums it up for me too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

I am currently in eighth grade at this school and I love it! The teachers are very nice and the sisters are wonderful!!! Sister Maria Christi (principal) is awsome and is also very fun to be around. I can't say enough about Sister Jane Frances! Sister Mary Clare and Sister Anna Christi are very nice also! With mass once a week I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2006

I am currently a 6th grader at this school. I just love the way my teachers help me step by step get through some things I might not understand one bit. They also have something knew and fun for us every day. I love my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2005

I am currently an 8th Grader here at Aquinas and I have to say that I love this school. The teachers are nice and challenging and the principal, Sr. Maria Christi, is a great school. I would recommend Aquinas School to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2005

I now have 3 children at Aquinas and they are thriving. The school is a Community where students and parents care for each other. After a car crash, the school community brought my family meals 3 days a weeks for a month and also supplied child care and car pools -- and these weren't just the mom's of my children's friends, but the entire school helping my family in a time of need. The teachers, staff, and principal know the students by name and are very involved with their students. You could not ask to have your children in a more loving learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

My son has attended Aquinas for the past seven years. Aquinas has provided a challenging curriculum with an excellent blend of spritual growth. The extra-curricula activities, especially the athletic opportunities, have helped make Aquinas a school that my son looks forward to attend on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sister Maria Goretti, O.P., Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (703) 492-8828

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Carpools Available
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Johns Hopkins University CTY
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Girl scouts
  • National Honor Society
  • Pro Life Club
  • Robotics club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pope John Paul the Great High School
Bishop Ireton
Paul VI
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13750 Mary's Way
Woodbridge, VA 22191
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Phone: (703) 491-4447

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