About Us

Our School at a Glance


  • Diverse student body with 36% of students speaking one of 24 second languages
  • More than half the faculty have an advanced degree
  • Special Education Support Services
  • Largest sports program in the diocese

Aquinas Accolades


  • Named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2011 by the Department of Education
  • Named a Top 100 Virginia School in 2010 by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School! For over 40 years, Aquinas has provided an excellent education to students according to our mission of Faith and Reason.  As a Catholic regional school, we serve the children of our three supporting parishes (Our Lady of Angels Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Sacred Heart Parish) as well as other families who support our mission. Our community is blessed to include the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, an accomplished lay faculty, dedicated families, and the many members of all our supporting parishes.  At Aquinas, teachers and parents help children develop their talents and their relationship with Jesus, with the long-term goal of heaven. As we say in our school mission statement: “academic excellence finds its purpose in Him.” 

Students at Aquinas receive a rigorous academic formation, which was recognized in 2011 when the school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We offer advanced courses in Math, Science, Language Arts, and a Spanish Heritage program to academically challenge students as well as a resource program, on-site nurse, and counseling services to meet student needs. A variety of clubs and extracurricular opportunities are available at our school, including altar servers, junior sacristans, Student Council, band, drama, choir, and a large athletic program with many varsity and junior varsity sports offerings. 

 All that we do at Aquinas is centered in Christ and focused on our call to follow Him as disciples and witnesses. We are regularly reminded of this call and grow as disciples through use of a program called Virtues in Practice, created by the Dominican Sisters. More information about this program, our general school curriculum, and the Diocese of Arlington catechesis and policies regarding gender are available on our school website.

After exploring our website, we hope that you will contact us to schedule a visit. The atmosphere of joy at Aquinas can only truly be experienced in person. Although Catholic education requires some sacrifice, we offer tuition assistance to make Aquinas financially accessible to every family. I hope that you will consider offering the Aquinas experience as a gift to your child soon!

In Saint Thomas Aquinas,

Sister Mary Sheila, O.P.

Principal

Mission:
Following the example of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron Saint of Catholic schools, our mission is to teach Faith and Reason, that all truth comes from God and academic excellence finds its purpose in Him.

History:
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School (Aquinas) is a regional Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Arlington founded in 1977 under Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. The school is administered and staffed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia and a lay faculty. Aquinas currently serves three parishes: Our Lady of Angels parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, and Sacred Heart parish.

Crest:
The Aquinas crest represents our school identity and the Dominican Sisters: the sun is for St. Thomas Aquinas and the light of truth; the ‘M’ is for Mary, the Blessed Mother; the harp is for St. Cecilia the patron Saint of music and the Dominican Sisters; and the torch is for St. Dominic who set the world on fire with the love of God.

Motto:
Fides et Ratio: Faith and Reason

Governance:
Aquinas is operated under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Arlington who delegates his authority to the Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools. The Principal, a Dominican Sister, oversees the daily operations of the school. The Aquinas Constitution governs the relationship between the school and the three parishes it serves.

Accreditation:
Aquinas is accredited through the Virginia Council of Private Education (VCPE). VCPE is governed by the Virginia Department of Education and is responsible for overseeing private schools. All members of our teaching staff are licensed through the Virginia Department of Education or through VCPE.

Facility:
Aquinas is co-located on the Our Lady of Angels campus in a 43,000 square foot facility that includes an auditorium, a library, our newly renovated Atrium (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd), and administrative offices. Exterior entrances are secure and monitored via video camera. All visitors must check in with the school office.

Tuition Assistance:
Aquinas strives to assist as many families as possible who wish to provide a Catholic education for their children. Any family interested in assistance will need to complete an online application through FACTS Grant and Aid. Our Tuition Assistance is funded through many sources and is available to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Click HERE for more information on Tuition Assistance.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO):
Aquinas has an active PTO that organizes fundraisers and events to benefit the school community. Learn more about the PTO HERE.

Before and After Care/Extended Day:
Aquinas provides before and after care from 6 – 8 AM each morning and 3 – 6 PM each afternoon. After care is also available on early release days. To participate in Extended Day, students must be registered; drop-in care is not allowed. For more information, click HERE.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School
13750 Mary's Way
Woodbridge, VA 22191


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