Columbia Campus

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Columbia Campus

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Columbia Campus

At Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, our students are known, loved… and called to excellence.
Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Columbia Campus has been at the heart of the dynamic North Dorchester neighborhood in Boston since 2008. A STEM focused Pre-K through grade 8 school, we attract students from the nearby community as well as the greater Boston area. We emphasize building community both within our school and with the outside world.

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COLUMBIA PARENT INFORMATION

Please download the parent information packet for 2019 – 2020 through this link today!

Key Dates

  • First Day of School Grades KII – 8 September 4 th Regular Dismissal – 2:30 PM
  • Early Childhood Orientation September 6 th Three Sessions ~ 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM or 11:30 AM
  • First Day of School ~ Pre School, Pre-K & KI September 9 th Regular Dismissal – 2:30 PM
  • Opening Mass ~ the liturgy date TBA.
    The Faculty and Staff will be leading us in celebration at the 9:00 AM Liturgy.

Did you know?

  • Columbia Campus STEM is a dedicated focus.
  • Students work on science and engineering concepts in activities that range from shaving cream sensory experiments and free build exploration to creating spaceships and a lunar colony.
  • Middle school students compete in a yearly Bridge Build Competition and showcase their knowledge during the annual Science Fair.
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Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy 7th

8th grade boys basketball team won the South Shore Parochial Basketball League (SSPL) season and playoffs!

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Academy News
“Students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-discipline than those in other public schools,” study says

The study drew three conclusions:

  • Students in Catholic schools are less likely to be disruptive than those in other private schools or public schools.
  • Students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-control than those in other private schools or public schools. “Specifically, they were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas and handle peer pressure,” it said.
  • Students in Catholic schools exhibit more self-discipline than those in other public schools. “There is at least some evidence that attending Catholic school may benefit all sorts of children,” it said.
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Academy News
110% the measurement of standardized growth of our Columbia Campus students. They have the largest growth rate among the Archdiocese schools.
95% of our students beat the national average in languages arts.
75% of our third grade students are reading at or above grade level.
467 students were awarded financial aid last year
What makes your programs unique?

We are a family! The Academy’s Columbia Campus has been at the heart of the dynamic North Dorchester neighborhood in Boston since 2008. We attract students from the nearby community as well as the greater Boston area. We emphasize building community both within our school and with the outside world. Within the school, each student belongs to a “family,” which includes a student from each grade. In the broader community, our parent corps sponsors and supports many of the Dorchester neighborhood traditions.

What type of technologies do the students use to learn?

At the Academy, students in grades Pre-K to grade 5 have computer once a week.  Students learn the importance of internet safety and what it means to be a good digital citizen. The curriculum includes instruction in the the differentiation of different types of computing, the use of Google Drive and all of its components, and the creation of programs through coding.  Keyboarding is practiced for the most efficient use of the computer, to prepare students for report writing. Online programs that reinforce the students classroom experience are also used during computer instruction time.

Grades 6-8 use chromebooks on a daily basis to enhance classroom instruction.  When additional instruction is needed, the technology specialist is available to work with the students in their classrooms.

What is the cost of yearly tuition?

2019-2020 Tuition Rates

K2 through Grade 8:

1 Student: $5,300
Additional children: $4,600

Preschool, Pre-K, and K1:

K1 Student: $6,700
Pre K Student: $6,700
Preschool Student: $8,600
Do you offer financial aid opportunities?

Yes, we do! All of our students receive a discount on the full cost of tuition when we set tuition rates each year. In addition many qualify for additional support.

  • $1.5M in financial aid was awarded last year to Academy students
  • 68% of early childhood students receive Massachusetts Early Education and Care vouchers for both school tuition (2.9, Pre-K, K1 and K2) and Extended Day programs
  • 55% of Academy students receive financial aid to offset the cost of tuition
How does the application process work?

To secure a seat in one of our classrooms:

  1. Complete an application online
    Application must include a report card (gr. 1-8), birth certificate and health record.
  2. Attend an open house and schedule a visit!
  3. Create a FACTS account
    Once the administration reviews the application, report card and screening tests a decision will be made. Acceptance letter will be mailed along with instructions to set up a FACTS account.