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
|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.Learn more
Jack and Eileen Connors
Named in honor of Jack and Eileen Connors for their leadership in establishing Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, a 1,100-student urban Catholic elementary school in Dorchester. This elite honor is periodically awarded by the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Trustees to recognize outstanding service to the Academy, specifically in the areas of leadership, administration, volunteerism, faith formation, fundraising, or teaching. The award is given to those who have made extraordinary personal or professional commitments to the Academy, and who personify its values.Learn More
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.
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.
2019-2020 Tuition Rates
K2 through Grade 8:
Preschool, Pre-K, and K1:
|Pre K Student:||$6,700|
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
To secure a seat in one of our classrooms:
- Complete an application online
Application must include a report card (gr. 1-8), birth certificate and health record.
- Attend an open house and schedule a visit!
- 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.