Our Lady of Fatima High School
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|Our Lady of Fatima High School|
|360 Market Street
Warren, Rhode Island, (Bristol County) 02885
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Sisters of St. Dorothy|
|• Grade 7||14|
|• Grade 8||9|
|• Grade 9||47|
|• Grade 10||35|
|• Grade 11||34|
|• Grade 12||42|
|Average class size||17|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Affiliation||National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)|
|Admissions Director||Sister Lisa Palazio|
|Athletic Director||Joseph Parenteau|
Sister Virginia Bento and the members of her Council chose to build in Warren, Bristol County because they perceived a need for a girls' high school in this area. As a Catholic Institution, FATIMA would provide a solid academic foundation for its students in preparation for college, and help them to strengthen their faith and to become Christian leaders in the tradition of St. Paula Frassinetti, foundress of the Sisters of St. Dorothy.
FATIMA opened on September 8, 1965 with fifty-five students. At that time, the school building consisted of classrooms (one of which was converted into a chapel), a library, science and art laboratories, and a double room to be used for several purposes. The school also served as housing for the Sisters who were members of the staff. The gymnasium and cafeteria were completed in 1969, in time for the first graduation ceremonies, and the convent was ready for occupancy in 1977.
As a private institution, owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Dorothy, all funding for the school was provided by the Sisters. The principals have been: Sisters J. Sousa, Isabel Borg-Cardona, Mary Ann Campanelli, Lillian Cravinho, Eileen Egan and Mary Margaret Souza. The faculty originally consisted only of religious Sisters. After a brief period of time, a layman was hired to teach social studies and physical education.
Since its opening, courses have been modernized, including the addition of a computer lab and a full-time computer teacher. Grades 7 and 8 were added to the school.
In 1985, the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the school, and the year that the foundress of the Sisters of St. Dorothy was canonized, FATIMA became co-educational. This decision was made primarily because of the declining enrollment.
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