Congratulations on becoming a Saint! New incoming students often have many questions about the upcoming year. Here you will find answers to your questions that will assist you with your successful transition into the Academy.
If you have any questions or concerns about the topics covered on this page, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 401-723-8100.
To ensure proper class placement for incoming students in foreign language and mathematics, placement tests will be held in the spring. Those students who qualify for either or both tests will be notified after registration.
New Student Welcome Night
New Student Welcome Night, which will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, is a chance for incoming students and their parents to learn more about day-to-day life as a Saint! Incoming students are introduced to the administration, informed about ordering books and uniforms, and sign up for fall sports. They will also receive their course schedules and necessary forms for the beginning of school.
New Student Spring/Summer Checklist
Trying to remember all the necessary steps you need to take to ensure you are ready to start at a new school can be daunting. We have made a New Student Spring/Summer Checklist that will be distributed at New Student Welcome Night to help ensure new students can keep track of everything they need to do for the start of the academic year. It may also help to use this checklist as a guide as you move through this page.
To help us know more about you, we ask all new students to complete an Orientation Form at the New Student Welcome Night and return it that evening. If you did not receive an Orientation Form, please call the Admissions office.
Opening of School
More information will be sent to you in August concerning the opening of school. Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Day will take place August 27, 2019. International Student Orientation Days will be August 26-27, 2019. Returning upperclassmen will also have orientation August 28, 2019. The first day of school for all students will be on August 29, 2019.
Saint Raphael Academy school hours for the 2019-20 academic year are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:09 p.m. The school opens at 7:00 a.m. Parents should not drop off their child before this time since there is no supervision. Students who arrive early should report to the East or West cafeterias.
The East cafeteria will remain open after school ends until 5:30 pm each day, where students can study while they wait for a ride home or wait for a sports practice to begin. After-school academic support is also available for students who are struggling in their classes. Contact Mrs. Judy Baxter, Vice Principal of Academics (email@example.com), for more information.
Enrollment of an accepted applicant at Saint Raphael Academy is contingent upon the successful completion of the student’s current grade level. All subjects must be passed and recommendations concerning behavior must remain satisfactory. Failure to meet these requirements may constitute cause to rescind the acceptance granted to the applicant. To ensure the fulfillment of these requirements, please have your current school mail a final copy of your official transcript to the Admissions Office as soon as your school closes.
Health Records and Health Information Form
State law requires that student immunization records and health forms be on file with the Academy for all students prior to the start of the academic year. Please inform your current school nurse that you will be attending SRA and ask that your immunization records and additional health forms are forwarded to the Admissions Office by June 14, 2019. Additionally, please ensure you complete the Family Contact, Health History Form and the OTC Medication Policy (to be distributed at New Student Welcome Night) and return them to the Admissions Office by June 14, 2019.
If you plan to play a sport at Saint Raphael Academy, you must complete a separate set of forms. Forms can be downloaded here, and are due by June 14.
Transportation to and from Saint Raphael Academy depends upon where the student resides. Families are encouraged to investigate the options listed below on their own or contact their city or town for additional information.
- The Rhode Island Department of Education provides statewide busing from some cities and towns to Saint Raphael Academy. Families who qualify need to register for bus service every summer for the upcoming academic year through the RI Department of Education. Contact the statewide system manager’s office at 401-222-5024; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 401-222-5025.
These towns have special transportation requirements:
- East Providence – East Providence School District transportation request forms must be submitted in early July.
- Lincoln – Lincoln requires that residents submit a Lincoln Transportation Request Formdirectly to the town to register for transportation. Contact the Lincoln School Department for information.
- Providence – Residents should first apply for bus transportation through the Statewide Transportation hub through the RI Department of Education. If they determine that you do not qualify for busing through Statewide Transportation, you may apply for free bus passes through RIPTA by submitting this form to the Providence Public School District by June 7, 2019. Contact the PPDS Transportation Office at 401-456-9269 for more information.
Private Bus Service Provided by Saint Raphael Academy from Kent County
Saint Raphael Academy has three stops conveniently located for families from the Kent County area. There are three stops in Kent County, which are determined once students have registered for bus transportation. The cost for transportation both to and from school for the full academic year will be $750. Please contact the Finance Office at 401-723-8100, extension 111, for details.
Change in Contact Information
If, for whatever reason, there is a change in your contact information (address, telephone number, email address, etc.) prior to the start of the academic year, please inform the Admissions Office. If there is a change in your contact information after the start of the academic year, please contact Saint Raphael Academy’s Registrar at 401-723-8100, extension 122. If an error appears in the contact information listed on your billing invoice, please contact the Business Office at 401-723-8100, extension 112.
The Student Handbook contains information about school policies, procedures, requirements, and more. Please note, parents/guardians and students are expected to thoroughly read the Student Handbook 2019-2020, which will be uploaded here over the summer. Students and parents must complete the electronic Tuition Agreement Form, and by doing so, you agree to abide by the Student Handbook and accept the school’s right to amend that handbook.
Dress Code & Uniforms
Saint Raphael Academy’s Uniform Dress Code can be found here. Please read it carefully. With the exception of the necktie, belt and footwear, all uniform components are to be obtained from Donnelly’s School Apparel (800-498-0045) or at DonnellysClothing.com. Saint Raphael Academy does not have a specific uniform for physical education. The dress code for PE is appropriate athletic clothing.
Celebrate being a Saint with official Saints gear from our school store! The Purple and Gold Zone is located in Alumni Hall and is open during the academic year 7:00-8:00 a.m. daily and Fridays 7 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and by appointment by calling 723-8100 x130. You can also order online! During the summer, please call for an appointment.
A list of required textbooks for all courses at Saint Raphael Academy for the 2019-20 academic year can be found here:
Textbook List 2019-2020
Students are responsible for making sure they have all the required books for the courses they are scheduled to take prior to the start of the academic year.
Once a new student registers to attend Saint Raphael Academy, a listing of the courses that they are scheduled to take is provided to them. For most students, this course listing is given to them at the New Student Welcome Night held each May. For students who register after the New Student Welcome Night, their course list is mailed to them. If you are a new student, and do not have your course list, please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible to obtain it.
Current students will be mailed a copy of their course listing over the summer.
Once a student has a copy of their course listing, then simply refer to the textbook list to see which books they will be required to have for the start of the academic year.
If you are a resident of Rhode Island, your city or town will provide textbooks for the following subjects: Math, Science, and Social Studies. (“State Books” are listed in red on the textbook list.)
Please note that Foreign Language classes require the purchase of an online component and must be purchased via Follett Virtual Bookstores. After purchasing, you will receive a code that should be provided to the class instructor at the start of school.
Residents of East Providence, Pawtucket, or Providence: Your “state books” will be given to you by Saint Raphael Academy at the August orientation.
Residents of all other RI towns/cities: You must order your “state books” by contacting your local school department. Links with information regarding where, when, and how you can pick up your “state books” will be added here as they are received from each district in the spring.
If your city or town is not listed to the right, please contact them directly to determine how you can order and pick up your “state books.” Many cities and towns require orders to be submitted by mid-June.
Please note that Rhode Island cities and towns will not provide you with certain books (for instance, Theology books, workbooks, and other reference books). These books can be purchased online from Follett Virtual Bookstores.
Residents of Massachusetts: All books may be purchased from Follett Virtual Bookstores or your preferred vendor. When purchasing books, please ensure the ISBN matches the one listed on the textbook list.
Follett Virtual Bookstores
Books for fall classes will be available for purchase beginning July 1, 2019.
If you have questions or concerns about text books, please contact email@example.com.
On the first day of classes, teachers will notify students what materials will be required for classes.
Technology at Saint Raphael Academy
Saint Raphael Academy uses Rediker’s ParentPlus and StudentPlus Web Portals to allow parents an easy way to keep up-to-date with our academic community. Once you have activated your account, you can check your child’s latest grades and see information about classwork, attendance and other academic information. Parents/guardians will be emailed information in the fall about how to access their accounts.
Saint Raphael Academy also provides an Office 365 account to all enrolled students. Office 365 not only gives students a Saint Raphael Academy email address, but it gives them access to Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s OneDrive when and where they need it — allowing for access on your personal PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone at home and on the go.
Saint Raphael Academy is also a 1-to-1 community. Each student will be issued a laptop for their academic work during the school year. Students will be able to use them at home, in class, or during their study periods throughout the campus. Attendance at the New Student Welcome Night on May 14, 2019 is imperative, as we will be covering the usage policies and have our IT staff on hand to answer questions.
All students and parents must each sign the 1:1 Device Acceptable Use Policy Form before the student is issued a device. This form will be mailed home over the summer and must be signed and brought to Orientation in August.
If you have questions about technology at Saint Raphael Academy, please contact Mr. Brian Taveira, Director of the Information Technology Office, at 401-723-8100 x125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Service Hours
As part of the Lasallian commitment to faith, service and community, Christian service hours are required for graduation from Saint Raphael Academy. Freshmen and sophomores are required to perform 10 service hours during the year, and juniors and seniors are required to perform 20 service hours. Service can be performed for the next school year as soon as the current school year ends. More information can be found here.
Summer Reading assignments for the 2019-2020 academic year will be distributed at New Student Welcome Night; the list is also available online. Students should complete all assigned summer reading for their classes by the start of the academic year.
Co-Curricular & Athletic Opportunities
At Saint Raphael Academy, our students are extremely well-rounded and are encouraged to participate in co-curricular and/or athletic activities. Becoming involved in the community is essential to the Academy experience. For more information, please see the following links:
Please note: Any student who wishes to participate in any athletic activity must complete and return the following forms to the Admissions office: RIIL Assumption of Risk Form, Physical Exam Form, and Concussions Act Booklet. Forms are available on the Athletics Forms and Registration link.)
If a student wishes to play a fall sport (football, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, girls tennis, or girls volleyball), they need to sign up at New Student Welcome Night or contact the Admissions Office to sign up as soon as possible. Your information will be forwarded to the Athletic Director to ensure you are notified of any practices, team meetings, or tryouts that will occur before the start of the school year.
Parent Involvement Opportunities
A great way to get involved at Saint Raphael Academy is by becoming part of the SRA Parents Association.
The SRA Parents Association’s mission is to partner with the Saint Raphael Academy administration and faculty to oversee, manage, and develop a community through events and initiatives that support and benefit our students. Throughout the year, they organize, host, and execute a variety of events aimed at enriching our school community, including the annual Walk-a-thon, the faculty Christmas luncheon, and the senior breakfast.
Beginning in September, they conduct monthly meetings with parents, administration, and faculty and they always welcome new members and new ideas. All parents and guardians of our students are encouraged to become involved. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Check the school calendar for meeting dates.