Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is a preschool to Grade 8 school located on three campuses in Dorchester where students are encouraged to grow in their faith, knowledge and an understanding of their place in a culturally diverse world. We provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment that educates the whole child spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Our school community is a place where a child is challenged through the love, commitment and of our administration and faculty to develop into productive, responsible global citizens and positive young men and women who possess a love for God, of learning and of service to others.
Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is the largest Catholic elementary school in the Northeast enabling us to have shared funding to purchase the latest curriculum, materials and academic tools for our students and allows us a voice at the table when working with partners.
Our students represent over 50 countries – 78% of students are children of immigrants from Haiti, Cape Verde, Vietnam and other African, Hispanic and Caribbean nations.
Twenty-three languages are spoken in the homes of our students including Vietnamese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese and Greek!
Our students attend monthly Mass and celebrate Holy Days together. The Academy is open to families of all faiths and backgrounds. The education, rooted in Catholicism, focuses on such universal values as love, kindness, compassion, equality, justice and service to others. Our goal is to help each child become the person God wants him or her to be.
To secure a seat in one of our classrooms:
- Complete an application online
- Application must include a report card (gr. 1-8), birth certificate and health record.
- Once we have received your application, we will schedule a screening test and meeting for all applicants.
- Once the administration reviews the application, report card and screening tests a decision will be made. Acceptance letter will be mailed along with registration form, student data and financial forms.
Interviews and visits are organized for any interested family.
We also host weekly open houses at all of our campuses. Would you like a tour? Let us know!
The Academy is a legacy school of St. Angela, St. Ann, St. Gregory, St. Mark, St. Kevin, St. Margaret, Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Peter, and St. William parishes in Dorchester, MA.