School Details

Aquinas Academy

388 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 992-1587

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 270 students 11 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Aquinas Academy is a private middle school in Livingston. 270 students go to Aquinas Academy and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Aquinas Academy is 11:1. Mt Pleasant Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 35% %
Black, non-Hispanic 34% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian 17% %
Hispanic 11% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my son's first year with AQA. We have recently moved from another town. I am very impressed with the quality and dedication of the teachers. Homework is a little heavier than his previous Catholic school. Overall I rank AQA 101%!!

  • (2 years ago)

    AQA has high academic standards the teachers are dedicated the students are well-mannered and families are very friendly. We believe that we are investing in our child's future!

  • (3 years ago)

    My 4 year old attends the half day pre K class. I am so extremely impressed with his teachers and appreciate their willingness to continually tell of his progress and any other observations. The teachers obviously care about these kids and it is such a delight to hear about the little things that make my child unique. The school constantly sends out newsletters and other updates in an effort to keep the parents informed and involved. I could not have asked for a better place for my child to call his school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy is a true catholic school unlike some today. The teachers will help any student so they can reach their full potential.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy provides a strong academic curriculum along with a sports program. The children learn respect and caring for each and the community. They create strong relationships with their peers. The teachers are fabulous! They are always open and responsive if you need to speak to them. The entire faculty is awesome! It is such a family environment even though we live over 40 miles away I feel this school is the right choice for our daughter.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy is what a grammar school is all about. Each child is treated as an individual and is recognized for her/his individual achievements. There is an appropriate work load. Unlike many schools today they know they are a grammar school and are not trying to be a college. They are catholic in word and deed. The faculty are more than helpful and extremely dedicated.Sr. Lena and Mrs. Wehrfritz are roll up their sleeve administrators who are involved in all aspects of the school.Our parish priests are an onsite visible presence.Aquinas Academy is truly 5-star!

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy is a great school academically. I am impressed with the faculty and how they care for the students. There is definitely a great sense of community and school spirit. This is my daughter's first year there (grade 1) and the transition has been wonderful.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is truly a family. A wonderful community.

  • (4 years ago)

    AQA IS NUMBER ONE!!! We went to 3 other schools before we found this one. Teachers and staff are fantastic. My daughter loves her school and looks forward to return after Easter break Winter recess and Summer vacation. Imagine a kid who longs for and looks forward to school after summer vacation. As a parent I am completely confident that my daughter is getting a top notch education in a Christ centered safe and loving environment. Thank you to Sister Lena and the entire staff at AQA!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the acedemic studies and extra curricular activities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very loving and safe environment. Children are treated with love and respect so are the parent by teachers and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and administration truly care about each individual student as well as the school as a whole. Everyone is number 1. No one is left behind. The school strives for excellence through improving the curriculum and technologies each year an implementing new techniques to keep the kids learning and achieving.

  • (4 years ago)

    The caring nurturing Christ-centered environment gives a family feel to the school. The education is top-notch with graduates being accepted into excellent high schools and excelling at highly rated Livingston High.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy is a warm caring school that expects the best from its students in all areas of their lives. Learning takes place in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation between all members of the staff and student body. Being at Aquinas is like being among family and friends. It is truly a special place!

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas has it all academic excellence caring involved teachers and staff a diverse and eager student body with the Catholic faith serving as the model for how to be caring citizens leaders and of service to society.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a warm and caring environment where all children feel safe. Also the academics are second to none. Most of all - my children are the happiest children when they are at school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aquinas Academy is a wonderful school. I'm very pleased with the curriculum and the faculty. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and what it brings!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great place for your child to grow up. Reminds me of my neighborhood school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would not send my children anywhere else!

  • (4 years ago)

    Its a very good school; the teachers encourage the students to perform. Additionally teachers work with and respect the input from parents. The Vice Principal is wonderful; a straight shooter that clearly cares about the progress of the children at AQA. She does not tolerate behavior that compromises the learning environment of the school. The school is consistently improving upon their standards in all areas. If your child has learning deficiencies or behavioral problems this is NOT the school for your child.

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