Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy

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At a Glance

  • 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
  • 1252 students from Preschool – Grade 8 attend the Academy representing 30% of Catholic elementary school students in Boston
  • 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
  • 23 languages are spoken in the homes of our students including Vietnamese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese and Greek
  • 243 of our students participate in violin, keyboard, guitar and dance lessons after school
  • Our students attend monthly Mass and celebrate Holy Days together
  • Our grade two students are prepared for their First Communion
  • The top three reasons parents select SJPIICA are safety, challenging curriculum and Catholic faith formation
  • 90% of our Kindergarten students score “ready” to “highly ready” on a First Grade Readiness Assessment
  • Grade 8 students have demonstrated more than a 30% growth in scores on the High School Placement Test since the Academy opened in 2008
  • On average, 70% of the Academy’s Grade 6 students are accepted to Boston exam schools
  • 100% of our grade 8 students are accepted to a Catholic High School of their choice.
  • Each of our Early Childhood classrooms include over $15,000 of new furniture and materials through our partnership with the Lynch Foundation
  • 100% of our grade 5 students play the violin
  • Academy students receive 45 minutes of music each week during the school day
  • Music activities are enhanced through our many community partnerships including Discovery Ensemble, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Berklee Community Music Program, New England Conservatory, the Boston Suzuki Institute and From the Top
  • Students take part in the Latin and Greek Roots Program enabling students to expand vocabulary and better prepare for standardized tests and entrance exams
  • The Academy provides regular professional development for teachers through the Professional Development Institute (PDI) and university courses and programs including collaborations with Boston College, Emmanuel College
  • All Early Childhood teachers receive continued coaching and highly focused Professional Development through the Lynch Foundation every single year
  • 31% of our teachers have earned Master's degrees
  • 11% of our teachers have been educating children for more than 26 years
  • Our teachers participate in 30 hours of Academy wide Professional Development each year
  • Two of the Principals and the Regional Director completed Boston College Lynch Leadership Academy, a highly selective and rigorous Principal training program
  • Full time Guidance Counselors are employed at each campus serving and supporting families and students through their collaboration with Boston College City connects program
  • All campuses have a full time nurse
  • 62% of our students are enrolled in the after school program
  • Summer and vacation programs rooted in academics, faith and fine arts give students an opportunity to learn year round
  • 49% of our students receive financial aid
  • Our Lolek Leadership Society students have visited Boston area corporations for tours with CEOs and managers including Adage Capital, Denham Capital, EMC, The Boston Globe and Harvard Business School

Facts About Catholic Schools


  • Currently, 6 out of the 9 Supreme Court Justices went to Catholic Schools (
  • There are 145,526 staff teaching in Catholic Schools; 3.2% are Religious or Clergy (NCEA)
  • 99% of students who attend Catholic High School graduate! Of those, 86% attend 4-year colleges (NCEA) This is true in Boston!!
  • The student/teacher ratio in Catholic Schools is 13:1 (NCEA)