Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy

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Mission & History

MISSION

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy encourages students to grow in faith and knowledge in a safe, nurturing, structured and culturally diverse environment. Our challenging and rich academic and fine arts curriculum helps our students to develop the essential skills to become productive, responsible global citizens and positive young men and women who possess a love of God, of learning and of service to others.

 

HISTORY

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy was formed in 2008 under the direction of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley as part of the Archdiocese of Boston’s plan for revitalizing inner-city Catholic education. The regional school was established in response to the reality facing several single parish schools as they tried to survive financially amid aging school buildings, decreased enrollment, the demand for state-of-the-art curricula and technology and the move from religious to lay faculty.

Based on the recommendations of successful Boston business and civic leaders, seven Boston parish schools (St. Ann, St. Gregory, St. Mark, St. Kevin, Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Peter and St. Angela) were consolidated and merged into the Academy. Important to all involved was the creation of a cohesive school, where all students enrolled in any of the seven parish schools at the time of the merger would be guaranteed a place in the school. When the Academy opened in September 2008, well over 90% of students from the parish schools enrolled in the new regional school.

Through the initial planning stages of this regional design, input from teachers, parents, parishioners and students was considered. Along with the Board of Trustees and the new school management team, all agreed that the newly formed Academy would offer

  • Enhanced faith formation curriculum in the Catholic tradition, while welcoming children of all faiths
  • An improved standardized curriculum for all grade levels across all campuses
  • Extra support for English Language Learners
  • Improved standards for hiring, monitoring and compensating teachers in order to retain and attract the most talented and dedicated educators
  • Affordable tuition and significant financial assistance for families in need
  • Before and after school programs
  • A new model of governance, with religious and lay expertise in operation, curriculum development, fundraising, finance and marketing
  • New and renovated facilities
 

Educating 1,250 students, the Academy is the largest accredited Catholic elementary school in New England.