Founded in 1857, Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Ró-Naofa, An Ráth, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational primary school in the Roman Catholic parish of Emo under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. The school identifies itself with the parish and diocesan communities leading to a sense of the universal church whose concern extends to all peoples.
As a Roman Catholic School, the school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all pupils; cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The policies, practices and attitudes of the school are inspired by the values of the Christian Gospel.