The Academy has three neighborhood campuses with safe and diverse learning environments.

  • With more than 83% of Academy students identifying as an ethnic minority, we believe diversity is the future. Our students come from 30 different communities.
  • 55% of our students are Catholic, all our families value the strength of a Catholic education.
  • Our three campuses are supported by the resources and partnerships of the Academy – which set them apart from other private and public schools in the area.
  • Nearly 100% of students beat the national average every year in language arts scores.

Our school community is a true melting pot.

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy has three campuses in Dorchester. Our school community is a true melting pot with 83% of Academy students identifying as an ethnic minority. Studies show that students work better in a diverse environment, enabling them to concentrate and push themselves further when there are people of other backgrounds working alongside them. (citation??)

Columbia Campus

The Academy’s Columbia Campus is located near the intersection of Columbia PointHarbor Point, Jones HillSavin Hill, and Uphams Corner. Many students also attend from neighboring South Boston. Our school population is as diverse as the community it serves.

Lower Mills Campus

The Academy’s Lower Mills Campus is a true neighborhood school located on Dorchester Avenue in the heart of the Lower Mills neighborhood. Lower Mills Village is nestled on the Neponset River between Dorchester and Milton. Students attend the school from as far away as Randolph but most students come from the communities of Lower MillsMattapan and Milton. Locals still sometimes refer to us at St. Gregory’s School.

Neponset Campus

The Academy’s Neponset Campus is fondly known by families as St. Anne’s School. What was once a community of Irish Catholic families has now morphed into a wonderful, diverse neighborhood of old and new families. Students attend the school from as far away as the South Shore but most students come from the Dorchester and Quincy communities. That same diversity can be seen in our classrooms where students come from a variety of ethnicities including Vietnamese and Irish Catholic.

We encourage you to visit our campuses and communities to observe our treasured neighborhoods and student body. Come tour today!

At SJPllCA our students are known, loved… and called to excellence.

Columbia Campus
at St. Teresa of Calcutta
790 Columbia Rd Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-265-0019 ext 7101 Fax: 617-288-1372 Learn More Directions
Lower Mills Campus
at St. Gregory Parish
2222 Dorchester Ave Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone: 617-265-0019 ext 7177 Fax: 617-322-1893 Learn More Directions
Neponset Campus
at St. Ann Parish
239 Neponset Ave Dorchester, MA 02122
Phone: 617-265-0019 ext 7127 Fax: 617-288-34322 Learn More Directions