We are a loving, close-knit community where we all look out for one another.  

  • We offer extended day, vacation and summer programs that run from 6:30am to 6:00pm during the school year and 8AM-5PM over the summer
  • 17 different languages are spoken in the homes of our families
  • Our Parent Corps organization offers parents numerous opportunities to be actively engaged with their child
  • We partner with several reading programs such as Tumble Book Library and Lexile to encourage extracurricular reading
  • We have an active nurse on campus who promotes a healthy lifestyle through preventative care, counseling, physical education, and nutritional services

Parent Corps

The Parent Corps is an Academy-wide Parent Organization. Guided by clearly defined responsibilities, the Parent Corps strives to advance our mission and capitalize on the wealth of resources throughout the Academy.  Ultimately, the work of the Parent Corps enhances the learning environment for our students both in and out of the classroom, and offers parents numerous opportunities to be involved in the school life of their child.

The primary objectives of the Parent Corps are threefold:  to enhance the overall student experience, to encourage parent and family involvement, and to establish SJPIICA as an integral member of the Dorchester, Mattapan, and greater Boston communities.  Every effort and initiative undertaken by the Parent Corps is in support of one of these objectives.

In order for our Parent Corps to be successful, volunteers are necessary.  In addition to the Parent Corps President and Vice President, every campus needs numerous parent volunteers to serve as Chair people of four sub-committees.  Each of the four committees (Student Enrichment, Family Enrichment, Spiritual Enrichment, and Communication/Outreach) is headed by a Chairperson on each of the campuses.  These Committee Chairs are responsible for building a team of parent volunteers on their campus who focus on that specific aspect of Parent Corps.  Working closely with their campus principal, and in collaboration with members from the same committee on other campuses, our Parent Corps Organization helps us to work more effectively, efficiently, creatively, and collaboratively as an Academy.

To become an active member, please attend your next campus Parent Corps meeting as indicated on your monthly calendar, or contact your campus Parent Corps President.

Enrichment Resources


Our Academy has subscribed to the TumbleBookLibrary Premium! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use from your home computer or tablet! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

The TumbleBookLibrary contains over 250 animated, talking picture books. There are also language learning books, audio books, teacher resources, and exciting games, quizzes, and book report outlines!

You just need an internet connection to stream content, and there are no downloads to clog up your device!
Login here >
Username: stjohnpaul
Password: reads

Happy Tumbling everyone!


Lexile.com is helpful website that allows families to type in the student’s reading level (Lexile Range) and select their personal interests to recommend several books that would be appropriately challenging and interesting.   This is a great resource to help us support students who might be a little particular about what they read or they’re looking to start a new series and want a recommendation.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides you with the opportunity to plug in your students’ MAP scores (by sub-category) and receive individualized practice problems to help grow in specific areas!


Starfall is a children’s website that teaches basic English reading and writing skills. The website teaches children, pre-K to grade 1, how to read by using games and phonics.Starfall