New incoming students often have many questions about the upcoming year. What is the uniform like, and where do I get one? Where and when do I buy books? What are the school rules? What classes am I going to be taking? How do I sign up for a club or sports team?
Answers to these questions and others are provided here and will assist new incoming students with their successful transition into the Academy.
If you are a new incoming student or the parent of a new incoming student, please review the contents of this page very carefully, as it covers everything you need to know to successfully transition into Saint Raphael Academy.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the topics covered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 401-723-8100.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
In order to ensure proper class placement for all new incoming students in foreign language and mathematics, placement tests will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Those students who qualify for either or both tests will be notified after registration.
New Student Welcome Night
Incoming students often have many questions about the upcoming year. What is the uniform like, and where do I get one? Where and when do I buy books? What are the school rules? What classes am I going to be taking? How do I sign up for a club or sports team? In order to answer your questions and provide you the information you will need to successfully transition into the Academy, a New Student Welcome Night will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
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. As such, we have made a New Student Spring/Summer Checklist to help ensure new students can keep track of all the things 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 and Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Days, which will take place August 30-31, 2018. International Student Orientation Day will be in late August 2018, and they will also attend the Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Day. Returning upperclassmen will also have orientation August 31, 2018.
Saint Raphael Academy school hours for the 2018-19 academic year are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:09 p.m. After-school programs are available Monday through Friday in the East Building. The afternoon program runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day.
The after-school program provides our students with a productive environment to get work done and to get help from teachers and other students, and to promote a positive atmosphere for students to spend time with their peers while waiting for parents to pick them up or for an after-school activity to begin.
During these hours, activities are available for students along with a quiet area for academic work. After school tutoring is available for students who are struggling in their classes. Contact Mrs. Judy Baxter, Vice Principal of Academics, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. In order to ensure the fulfillment of these requirements, please have your current school mail a final copy of your official transcript to the Admissions Office by June 29, 2018.
Health Records and Family Contact & Health Information Form
State law requires that student immunization records and health forms be on file for all students with the Academy prior to the start of the academic year. Please have your current school forward your immunization records and additional health forms to the Admissions Office by June 29, 2018.
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 15, 2018.
If you plan to play a sport at Saint Raphael Academy, you must complete a separate set of forms. Forms can be downloaded here.
There are many transportation options available to students attending Saint Raphael Academy. 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: email@example.com; Fax: 401-222-5025.
- 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 have two options for transportation and are encouraged to research their eligibility, as you only apply for one. Students may qualify for Statewide Transportation or may obtain free bus passes through RIPTA by submitting this form to the Providence Public School District by June 8, 2018. Contact the PPDS Transportation Office at 401-456-9269 for more information. The District of Providence has the final say on statewide service to any private, Catholic, charter or vo-tech school.
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.
If your city or town is not listed above, but you are interested in car-pooling, please contact the Admissions Office (via phone: 401-723-8100, extension 116, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 contact the Admissions Office at 401-723-8100, extension 116.
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, which contains information about school policies, procedures, requirements, and much more, can be found here. Please note, parents/guardians and students are expected to thoroughly read the Student Handbook 2018-1019 (which will be posted over the summer). By signing the Tuition Agreement Form, you agree to abide by the Student Handbook and accept the school’s right to amend that handbook.
Dress Code & Uniforms
A copy of the section of the Student Handbook that details the Uniform Dress Code can be found here. Please read it over carefully. With the exception of the necktie and footwear, all uniform components are to be obtained from Donnelly’s School Apparel (800-498-0045) or at DonnellysClothing.com.
To obtain a uniform order form, please contact Donnelly’s directly.
Saint Raphael Academy does not have a specific uniform for physical education. The dress code for PE is appropriate athletic clothing. More details will be distributed at the start of the academic year.
Celebrate your acceptance with official Saints gear from our school store! The Purple and Gold Zone is located in Alumni Hall, and open before school (7:30-8:00 am) and after school (2:30 to 3:00 pm), and by appointment by calling 723-8100 x130.
A list of all required textbooks for all courses being offered at Saint Raphael Academy for the 2018-19 academic year will be posted in early June.
Textbook List 2018-2019
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 on May 15, 2018. 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 they simply have to 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, Foreign Language, Social Studies, and English. (“State Books” are marked as such on the textbook list.) If you are a resident of East Providence, Pawtucket, or Providence, these “state books” will be given to you by Saint Raphael Academy at the August orientation. If you are a resident of any other Rhode Island city or town, you must pick up these “state books” yourself by contacting the appropriate city or town office. Links with information regarding where, when, and how you can pick up your “state books” will be added to the Textbooks page on the school website (under Academics) as they are received from each district in the spring, so check back often.
If your city or town is not listed there, please contact them directly to determine where, when, and how you can order and pick up your “state books.” Most cities and towns require you to order “state books” by mid- to late-June.
Please note that Rhode Island cities and towns will not provide you with certain books (for instance, books for Theology classes, workbooks, and other reference books). These books can be purchased online from Follett Virtual Bookstores.
If you are a resident of Massachusetts, all books must be purchased and can be purchased from Follett Virtual Bookstores or any vendor you prefer. When purchasing books, please ensure the ISBN matches the one listed on the textbook list.
Follett Virtual Bookstores
Saint Raphael Academy has partnered with Follett Virtual Bookstore as our official provider of course materials and school essentials. We have worked closely with Follett to source and stock the exact edition of books used in our classes.
Textbooks, technology and supplies can be purchased directly through our virtual campus website where you can choose from new books, money-saving used books and even digital books. The site will guide you to the books you need using ordering instructions provided. Books are shipped from Follett’s central warehouse right to your door.
Books for fall classes will be available for purchase beginning July 10, 2018. Instructions and a coupon code can be found here. You can also sign-up to be notified when the booklist becomes available as well as other bookstore reminders. Please note, if you attempt to purchase books prior to this date, you will be purchasing the books that were required for the 2017-2018 term, and there have been changes made to the required textbook list.
If you have questions or concerns about textbooks, please contact our Campus Bookstore at 401-723-8100, extension 128.
On the first day of classes, teachers will notify students what materials, in addition to required textbooks, 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.
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 15, 2018, 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 sign the online 1:1 Device Acceptable Use Policy Form before the student is issued a device. This form will be emailed to students at their new SRA email address, and they will receive login information for that account at New Student Welcome Night.
If you have questions about technology at Saint Raphael Academy, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Stan Dickervitz, Director of the Information Technology Office, at extension 125, or email him at email@example.com.
Students are required to take one art or music elective their freshmen year. The course selection sheet was mailed to freshmen in March. Students will receive their full course listing for the 2018-2019 year at New Student Welcome Night in May.
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. The only restrictions are: service cannot be performed for a relative (unless the relative is working at a social service agency or place that helps the underprivileged); and service cannot be provided at a for-profit business. Examples include volunteering at a summer camp, soup kitchen, library, senior citizen center, local or national non-profit. Hours may be completed at one institution or several. There are also many opportunities to perform service hours during the school year; the SRA Campus Ministry office is a great resource.
Students must record their hours on the Community Service Verification Form and have their volunteer supervisor sign the form. Forms are due by the end of each semester.
Summer Reading assignments for the 2018-2019 academic year will be distributed at New Student Welcome Night; the list is also available online.
Students should ensure they complete all summer reading for the classes for which they are scheduled 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 some co-curricular and/or athletic activity. Becoming involved in the community is essential to the Academy experience. For more information about the various ways students can get involved here at the Academy, 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 coach of the sport they wish to play: RIIL Assumption of Risk Form, Physical Exam Form, and Concussions Act Booklet. Forms are available on the Athletics Forms and Registration link.)
Additionally, any student who wishes to play a fall sport (Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Soccer, Girls Tennis, or Girls Volleyball) and did not sign up to play that sport at the New Student Welcome Night must contact the Admissions Office (via phone: 401-723-8100, extension 116, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and inform them of which sport you intend to play as soon as possible.
Once you provide the Admissions Office with notification of your intention to play a specific fall sport, 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 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.
Dates to Remember
- June 9, 2018 – Providence, East Providence and Lincoln Transportation Registration Form due.
- June 9, 2018 – Family Contact and Health Info Form and OTC Medication Policy Form due to the Admissions Office.
- June 15, 2018 – Last day of the 20% discount on all orders from Donnelly’s.
- June 29, 2018 – Final Official Transcripts and Health Records & Immunization Records due to the Admissions Office.
- Mid-July 2018 – Follett Virtual Bookstore opens for business (for textbooks and summer reading books).
- July 31, 2018 – Deadline to register for statewide busing.
- August 2018 – Orientation for international students.
- August 2018 – Laptop distribution for students, including transfers.
- August 2018 – Orientation for freshmen.
- August 2018 – Orientation for transfer students.
- August 31, 2018 – Orientation for upperclassmen.
- September 4, 2018 – Classes begin for all students.
- September 2018: Early in the academic year, there will be an evening for parents of freshmen to meet individual teachers and learn more about the academic services offered by the Academy. More information will follow.