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Why Give to St. Patrick Academy?

St. Patrick Academy offers a rigorous college-preparatory program for students living in Rhode Island’s urban core. Many SPA students are the first in their families to attend college, a significant achievement. They develop professional and interpersonal communication skills that equip them for the workplace. Moreover, we encourage self-discovery and spiritual growth through exploration of the Catholic faith, preparing the student for life’s challenges and blessings.

The cost of educating a student at St. Patrick Academy is substantial, but no family is charged more for tuition than they can afford. Last year, 58% of our families paid $500 or less in tuition and 30% of our families paid nothing at all. The unfunded portion of the tuition is supported by charitable contributions from individual donors through the Adopt-a-Student program, the annual NACEPF Challenge, and corporate and foundation support.

Your contribution to St. Patrick Academy is needed to continue the extraordinary mission of serving extraordinary college-bound students. You can have a direct and positive impact on the lives of young people. Make your contribution today!

About St. Patrick Academy Students

70% of our students are of Hispanic heritage; this includes immigrants from the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.

23% are of African American heritage, and 7% come from other ethnic heritages.

70% of our students speak more than one language at home, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Cape Verdean Creole.

76% of our families meet the federal poverty guidelines for free and reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Program.

Many of our students live in single-parent/guardian households and face serious challenges in the communities where they live. They need a safe and caring school environment in order to thrive spiritually, personally, and academically.

99% of SPA seniors graduate and 100% of our graduates have been accepted to two or four-year college/university programs.