Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy believes that music and art are important and powerful aspects of our humanity that help open our minds to endless opportunities. Through the power of music, theater, and art, our students will discover their own artistic potential, develop stronger leadership and teamwork skills, and experience the power of self-esteem and self-discipline while enjoying the beauty of artistic expression.
The Academy Fine Arts curriculum offers weekly art classes for students is grades KII - 8 where students use a variety of mediums to explore shapes, colors, art forms, landscapes and arts & crafts. The work from two Artists of the Month are prominently displayed at each campus, and students from the Academy participate in numerous art contests including the Catholic Schools Foundation Christmas Card contest.
The Academy Fine Arts curriculum offers weekly Music classes for all students including Voice, Percussion, Bells, Tin whistle, Glockenspiel, Violin, music history, music appreciation across many genres, and composition. Students in our Early Childhood Program also learn about Musical Theater.
The Academy also offers an Extended Day Fine Arts Enrichment Program where students receive 45 minute weekly classes in:
Violin - Our violin program is one of the largest strings program within the city of Boston. Through our partnership with New England Conservatory and Suzuki Institute of Boston, small group classes are offered for students in PreK - Grade 8.
Guitar - These classes are a fun introduction to acoustic guitar for students in Grades 2 - 8. Students advance quickly in these group classes as they study different genres while chords and strumming styles are developed.
Keyboard - Small group classes are taught to students in Grades 1 - 8 where the child is introduced to the fundamentals of keyboard.
Dance - Through the medium of dance, students in PreK - Grade 8 will explore some of the worldwide style dances including Salsa, Cha-Cha, Meringue, Bachata, African Dance and Hip-Hop.
*Please note that classes are carefully crafted based on child’s age and level of instruction with classes at 2:45 primarily for beginner students. Classes at 3:45 are reserved for beginner and intermediate level and classes at 4:45 are typically reserved for advanced students. As students progress on their chosen instrument, they are eligible for private instruction in our Gifted and Talented Program based on teacher recommendation.
The Academy also offers Evening Programs for students from all campuses. All rehearsals take place at the Lower Mills Campus.
Strings Ensemble Program – This program is open to all students and takes place on Mondays from 6:30 - 8PM. There is no charge to participate.
Academy Theater Program - This program is open to all students in Grades 2 - 8. Theater takes place on Thursdays from 6 - 8:30PM. Past productions have included The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, Seussical the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, and Once on This Island.
Performances - Students participate in monthly Liturgies, annual Spring and Christmas shows, and special events throughout the year including press conferences, Graduation, the After School Music Enrichment Concert, and performances for visiting dignitaries and fundraising events.
Students enjoy performances throughout the school year with New England Conservatory, Boston City Singers, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Suzuki Institute of Boston, Discovery Ensemble, From the Top, The Strand Theater, Mark O'Connor Strings Camp, Berklee College of Music, Big Band Concerts, and A Far Cry Ensemble.