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. Named in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, participating students must have an average of 90 and above on report card grades, score in the 75th percentile or above on the Terra Nova Common Core Test, and be recommended by two teachers. Nearly 450 students from 40 Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens participate each year.

An Aquinas Member is a steward, one who receives God’s gifts gratefully cultivates them responsibility, shares them in loving justice with others, and returns them with joy to the Lord.