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Message from the Regional Director

February 2018

Dear Parents,

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed! Highlighting a history of accomplishment anchored by a track record of academic excellence in an enriching faith filled environment, Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Kathy Mears, superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced a grass roots campaign to promote Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston. The “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” campaign is the theme of the 2018 Catholic Schools Week, which runs from January 28 to February 3.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Faith and Lead are gifts given to each of us from our loving God. We continue to provide opportunities to grow in our faith as well as serve others, especially those who are in need. Service is one of the hallmarks of our Academy. We feed the hungry, visit the elderly, create cards for the sick, collect clothes for the needy, send messages to our troops and help at home!  

Catholic Education Track Record

Catholic schools are the largest private educator of children in this country. Research shows that Catholic school students test higher than their public school peers. The graduation rate for Catholic high schools is 97%, with 96% of students going on to post-secondary education and 92% to four-year colleges. 60% of Catholic schools are in urban settings and the schools are open to all families who are interested in quality Catholic education. 30% of students in the Archdiocese who attend Catholic schools are not Catholic.

Learn: Our students are showing great growth in our MAP testing. Our MAP testing provides a personalized assessment of each student’s growth. Our teachers are personalizing their instruction for each student! 80% of our classrooms have scored above the National Mean on our MAP testing! Over 90% of early childhood students are ready or advanced for Kindergarten and Grade One! Over 50% of our students are accepted into exam schools. 100% of our 8th graders are accepted into Catholic high schools. Our students are learning!

SJPIICA is preparing well-rounded, faith filled and academically strong young men and women for the future! Please share our great story and your experience with families who may not realize the gift of a Catholic Education!

Yours in Christ,

Kate Brandley
Regional Director