The Aquinas Society is an umbrella program of the Diocese of Brooklyn that exists to promote excellence in education by providing intellectually engaging experiences for students who are academically capable of advanced work, as well as those students who are committed to developing their unique gifts and talents. Aquinas members are students who have shown the potential for an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression.
An Aquinas Member is a steward, one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them in loving justice with others, and returns them with joy to the Lord.
The St. Francis de Sales Aquinas Society recognizes and challenges the diverse gifts and talents of students from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups.
Goals of the St. Francis de Sales Aquinas Program:
1. Develop student gifts and talents
2. Enhance academic program through self-directed learning skills
3. Expand divergent thinking through inquiry-based activities
4. Incorporate thematic teaching
5. Provide opportunities for enriched learning experiences that help students to interact appropriately with other students, teachers and other adults with expertise in areas of interest
6. Develop interdisciplinary skills
Criteria of the St. Francis de Sales Aquinas Program:
1. Students should be selected based upon these demonstrable academic abilities:
a. A score of 70% percentile or above in Terra Nova
b. An average of 85 and above on report card grades
c. Personal Growth at a 3
2. Students should demonstrate:
a. Motivation and willingness to share their talents
c. Leadership qualities
e. committed to the success of the society