Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Fairfield, CT)

Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Fairfield, CT)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, between the cities of Bridgeport and Stamford. Fairfield has more than 59,000 residents but maintains a small-town feeling–diverse neighborhoods with their own character and flair, and many active civic associations. Beaches, marinas, parks, open space, and plenty of shopping and fine dining, all within 50 miles of New York City, make Fairfield a top community in the Northeast.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School was built in 1921. The original building is a three storied structure now housing our Grades 1-4, as well as our art room, computer lab, and faculty room. The next addition, which was built in 1955, was a single story addition now housing the Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 5-6, Library Media Center, Science lab, and the school offices. In 2000, the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas had a major capital campaign and built a gymnasium, multipurpose room and middle school classrooms. In the fall of 2006, the parish and school of St. Thomas Aquinas had a capital campaign called “Growing to Greatness’: In 2007, a state-of-the-art Science lab was built in the summer, and a new playground with climbing wall was installed in the spring. The school also has a state of the art computer lab. In addition, the new library-media center opened in the spring of 2009. The library-media center has a positive impact on the opportunities the students have to find and use information wisely, master technology skills, think critically, and learn independently. The facilities are continually undergoing improvements, modernizing, and changing with the support of our active parish and parent population.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is a fully accredited elementary/middle school with approximately 325 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The school provides an
environment rich in academic, spiritual and emotional learning. The school day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.

The curriculum consists of a basic course load designed to provide an effective foundation for higher learning. With a strong focus on language arts, math, and science, the curriculum also integrates religion, humanities, history, and foreign languages into the daily routine. In addition, physical education, art, and computer science classes are spread throughout the week. Upper grades are departmentalized, with an advanced track in the math department. Kindergarten students participate in a full school day comprised of a highly successful phonics based pre-reading program, an introduction to math concepts, simple science units, field trips, music, art, and religious education. Kindergartners are promoted to first grade with a high level of reading readiness. In recent standardized tests, including the Iowa Skill Tests, our students scored well above the national average. St. Thomas Aquinas graduates are accepted and excel at the most respected high schools in the area, including: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Fairfield Prep, Greens Farm Academy, Hopkins, Lauralton Hall, Notre Dame of Fairfield, Notre Dame of West Haven, Regis, St. Joseph High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Principal is the leader of the school and is appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, reports to the Superintendent of Schools and works collaboratively with the Pastor, School Advisory Board, (SAB) and Home School Association, (HSA). The highest priority of the Principal is the building of a Christian community of faith that provides for the spiritual, moral, educational, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical needs of the students in the school.

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