Lower Mills Campus

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Lower Mills Campus

at St. Gregory Parish Learn More

Lower Mills Campus

At Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, our students are known, loved… and called to excellence.

Lisa Warshafsky Principal, Lower Mills Campus Campus News
Lower Mills Mass Dates

2019-2020 Lower Mills Campus – School Mass Dates
September 11, 2019 8:30 a.m. Opening School Mass (grade 8)
October 18, 2019 8:30am School Mass (grade 5)
November 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. School Mass (grade 6)
December 19, 2019 8:30 a.m. School Mass (grade 1)
January 31, 2020 8:30 a.m. School Mass
(Catholic Schools Week-grade 4)
February 13, 2020 1:00 p.m. First Penance (grade 2)
February 26, 2020 9:00am Parish Mass ~ Ash Wednesday*
March 13, 2020 8:30am School Mass (grade 7)
April 16, 2020 8:30am School Mass (grade 3)
May 3, 2020 10:00am First Holy Communion
May 8, 2020 8:30am School Mass (grade 2)~ followed by May Procession
May 21, 2020 9:00am Parish Mass ~ Ascension Thursday*
May 29, 2020 8:30am Baccalaureate Mass (grade 8)
June 12, 2020 8:30am School Prayer Service (grade K2)

*Holy Days of Obligation

Download the mass schedule here >

Did you know?

At the Academy, 65% of grade 6 students and 60% of grade 8 students are accepted to their choice of exam school –catholic, independent or private, our programs. As you can see, our student excel.

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What makes your programs unique?

The Academy’s Lower Mills Campus has been at the heart of the Lower Mills 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.  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.
100% of eighth grade students were accepted to two or more high schools
95% of classes beat the national mean in MAP testing in language arts
100% of students participate in community service
30% of Academy students are English Language Learners who benefit from the Academy's literacy development coaching