Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be Catholic to attend St. Luke’s School?
Absolutely NOT! This is a commonly held misconception. As a matter of fact, about 18% of our student body is NOT Catholic but represents an interesting cross-section of belief systems which add to many conversations which take place at our school. All our families are seeking a faith-based education for their children.
Do you have a Mission Statement?
St. Luke’s, a Catholic school rooted in Gospel values and centered on the Eucharist, encourages and challenges students to:
Use their gifts to serve effectively as Christian Leaders
What happens if I’m not Catholic?
You are treated no differently if you are not Catholic, but you will be expected to participate in school functions like all-school Masses, Lenten Services, all-school Rosary and prayer and Grace before all meals and snacks. All children are required to take Religion as part of the curriculum.
Do the students wear uniforms?
Yes. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are required to wear school and gym uniforms. Our school uniform supplier is Tommy Hilfiger, and our gym uniforms can be purchased from Gob Shop in Warren. Preschool students are not required to wear a uniform.
Are all students from Barrington?
No. Approximately 50% of our student body comes from Barrington. The balance of our students come from 15 surrounding communities.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Need-based financial aid is available through the Diocese of Providence. Applications are available beginning in the fall but won’t be complete until you submit your taxes for the year.
If you are a member of a Catholic parish that does not have a school, you should ask your Pastor for assistance. They are required to consider your request.
Where do graduates go to high school?
In any given year, about 60% of our graduates go to Catholic schools. We have NEVER had a student who was not accepted to their first choice of school.
The schools our graduates have attended include Barrington, Barrington Christian Academy, Bay View, Bishop Connolly, Bishop Feehan, Bishop Hendricken, Bishop Stang, Case, Classical, Cumberland, Dighton-Rehoboth, East Providence, LaSalle, Lincoln School, Met School, Moses Brown, Mount Hope, Northfield Mount Hermon, Our Lady of Fatima, Phillips Academy Andover, Portsmouth Abbey, Providence Country Day, School One, Seekonk, St. Andrew’s, St. Ray’s, Tabor Academy, Wheeler School.
Are there opportunities for parents to get involved and volunteer?
Absolutely. We depend on our families to help in a variety of ways: Room Parents, Lunch Monitors, Field Trip Chaperones, Library Helpers and Classroom Readers to name a few.
Can anyone volunteer?
Yes. We even have some grandparents who want to get involved and volunteer. The only requirement to volunteer is to get a BCI (Background Criminal Investigation) check. This is a fairly simple process which takes about two weeks to complete, and we have all the necessary paperwork.
Do you have a PTO?
Yes. We have a vibrant and active PTO with a wide variety of committees and many opportunities to serve. Besides fundraising they are involved in enrichment, technology and service to name a few.
How much does it cost to attend St. Luke’s School?
Tuition for Kindergarten to grade 8 is $6,545 for St. Luke’s parishioners and $7,195 for out of parish students.
Tuition for Preschool is varied depending on how many days the child attends. The range goes from $2,700 for 2 half days to $9,025 for 5 full days.
Do I have to pay tuition up front?
No. We offer several payment plans: one full payment or 2,4 or 10 equal monthly payments. Most families choose the 10-month plan which goes from July-April
Are the children allowed to use computers in school?
Yes. We provide each student with their own Chromebook. It is theirs to use for the year. They are given an SLS email address, and the upper grades can take them home at night. All you do is pay a $45 technology insurance fee.
Are there other extra fees in addition to tuition?
Yes. There is a registration fee ($230 for the 1st child, $180 for the 2nd and $80 for the 3rd) payable in March when you register for the next year. There is also an $80 Middle School Fee and a $250 Graduation Events Fee for 8th graders.
Is there a discount if I have more than one child in the school?
We are constantly looking for ways to make a St. Luke’s School education more affordable, but we do not offer a multi-child discount currently.
How many students attend St. Luke’s School?
Has the school won any awards or recognitions?
We are proud to be a 10-year NEASC accredited school.
We are also the only STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Certified School on the East Bay.
2020 State of RI LEGO Robotics Core Values Winner
2019 State of RI LEGO Robot Design Winner
2018 MathCounts National Gold Level Winner
2018 RI Audubon Youth Conservation Award
Is the school involved in Service?
Yes. We pride ourselves on our school-wide dedication to helping others and have several service ministries. Our Middle School students are required to commit to a certain amount of service hours during the school year. In addition, we have a Junior Service Ministry, Young at Heart Club (works with eh elderly in the parish), Sandwich Club (makes bagged lunches for our food truck to deliver to those less fortunate) and Outreach which works with eh Bristol Veterans Home and East Bay Collaborative.
Does the school offer any enrichment programs?
Yes. We feel strongly about the importance of supplementing what is learned in books and in the classroom with enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom. The students age determines the extent and distance traveled for some Field Trips and many larger entities come to our school as well: Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, Coggeshall Farm, Four Town Farm, Barrington Community Farm, RI State House, Mystic Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science, Save the Bay, RI Supreme and Superior Courthouse, Trinity Rep, Providence Performing Arts Center, Diocese of Providence Chancery and Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, NYC (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Top of Empire State Building, Top of the Rock).
What is the average class size?
How many faculty/staff members are there?
What are their qualifications?
55% have advanced degrees
How long is the school day?
How do you ensure that all students reach their full academic potential?
This one-of-a-kind program was established at SLS 5 years ago to support classroom teachers in their effort to guide and teach every student. This more personalized instruction ensures that outstanding students remain challenged and that no student ‘falls through the cracks’ so that a Catholic education is available to a wider range of students.
Do you have a before and after school program?
Yes. Our before and after school program, called CAMP (Come and Meander and Play), is available from 7:30-8:15 in the morning and from 3:00-5:30 in the afternoon. You can use it when you need it. Reservations are NOT required, and we bill you monthly for the time used at $7.00 per hour.
Do you have a physical education program?
Yes. Depending on the age of the child they will have Physical Education either once or twice a week. Depending on the weather it will take place either in our gymnasium or on our athletic field.
Do you offer competitive sports?
Yes. We field teams in Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball. Teams compete in CAL (Catholic Athletic League) and are composed of students in grades 4-8.
Do you offer any clubs or after school activities?
Yes. We offer a wide variety of clubs and activities to include Altar Servers, Band, Chess, Coding, Drama Club, Garden Club, Homework Club, Lego Club, Junior Service Ministry, Math Club, Robotics, Sacred Heart Club, Sandwich Club, Student Council, Yearbook, Yoga.
What is the curriculum like?
Our rigorous curriculum is designed to prepare our students for high school, whether that be Catholic, private or public. We are the only STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Certified school on the East Bay so elements of that discipline permeate our curriculum.
Do you teach Common Core?
Do all students have to take religion?
Yes. Religion is taught in all grades. In addition, we open the day with prayer and say Grace before and after meals and snacks.
Do you offer a foreign language?
Yes. We teach Spanish beginning in Preschool all the way to Grade 8.
Can the children go to Mass and are they able to receive the sacraments?
Yes. We have two all-school Masses per month. In addition, we make Reconciliation available at certain times during the year. Students in Grade 2 make their First Reconciliation and First Communion together.