The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the private charitable funds needed to rebuild and revitalize Catholic schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston through new models that introduce lay governance, strong academics, facility improvement, new technology, and innovative teacher support.
In preserving the core values and traditions of the Catholic educational system and adapting other elements to mirror the changing face of education, this new, sustainable model is transforming the way we educate youth locally and establishing the blueprint for how we educate youth nationally. There is no one else doing what CCS is doing to lay the groundwork for success.
We have gone first where the need is greatest: urban areas in Greater Boston. To date, CCS has renovated 5 school buildings in Brockton and Dorchester as well as a teen center in Dorchester.
Established in 2007, Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton was the first successful pilot school of CCS. Thanks to the generosity of many, three Catholic elementary schools with declining enrollment, became one regional two-campus school governed by a lay board of trustees and administered by a regional director. Now in its eleventh academic year, Trinity Catholic Academy educates 350 mostly low-income students.
Opening in 2008, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) was established by consolidating seven parish schools into a three-campus Academy in Dorchester. With an enrollment of 1,150 children, SJPIICA is governed by a lay board of trustees and is administered by a regional director. New academic programs have been implemented and a new focus on early childhood education has meant that children as young as two years and nine months attend the school.
CCS has also influenced the establishment of three additional academies—Lawrence Catholic Academy, Quincy Catholic Academy, and South Boston Catholic Academy—and consulted with other struggling Catholic school systems throughout the United States.
No. We are two separate organizations, but we are both are focused on enhancing and improving Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) has been providing ongoing, critically needed scholarship support and funds for other programs for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese for close to 30 years.
The Campaign for Catholic Schools rebuilds urban Catholic schools through systemic change renovating the schools’ physical plants, enhancing curriculum and technology, and improving teacher compensation and other faculty support to ensure the future of Catholic education.
CCS and CSF are partners in providing a great Catholic education for the students of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The problems plaguing Boston's Catholic schools, including declining enrollment, old buildings, and lack of funds, to name a few, are not unique; Catholic schools across the country, especially those in urban areas, are encountering similar obstacles. A handful of other areas in the country have begun similar movements to revitalize urban Catholic education and ensure the future of our faith. As one of the largest Archdioceses in the country, we hope to continue with the successes we have experienced in Brockton and Dorchester and serve as a model of hope for the rest of the country.
Inspired by the successful creation of two regional academies, in 2017 CCS began a new chapter in school transformation: the Fund for the Future.
The $25M Fund for the Future is a five-year philanthropic effort to strengthen financials, academics, and teacher leadership at its academies, to grow CCS endowment, and to build new programs to attract, reward, retain, and develop great teachers and principals. New programs include increased pay for top-performing teachers, new assistant principal positions creating a pipeline for Catholic school leadership, college loan debt forgiveness benefits, and subsidized Master’s degrees for selected educators. Since March 2017, $11.4M has been raised to begin these initiatives and teacher response has been enthusiastic.
The opportunity to profoundly help children in our own backyard is here. It’s not often we’re presented with an opportunity to make meaningful change in a person’s life—this is yours. The Campaign for Catholic Schools is charting a way out of poverty for thousands of children, many living on the margins of society. Our projects are focused in urban areas of Greater Boston, where crime and poverty is unfortunately very common. Improving the Catholic schools of these urban areas helps these students, but also positively impacts the entire community.
Children are the future leaders of our community and Church. Please join us. It is worth the effort.
Catholic schools provide a high quality, comprehensive education that helps develop the whole child through challenging academics, structure and discipline, and formation of morals and values. Catholic schools are open to children of all races and religions, and in fact, only 60% of the students enrolled at CCS sponsored schools are Catholic. Studies have shown that Catholic school students excel academically—they score higher on standardized tests than their public schools peers—and 96% of all Catholic high school graduates go to college.
Catholic education has a distinguished history of delivering low-cost, high-quality educational options for millions of families for more than 170 years. As the largest private educator of children in the country, 1.9M children enroll in Catholic schools each year. Catholic schools save U.S. taxpayers $19 billion annually. Research shows that Catholic education is an especially effective alternative for underserved children, regardless of their faith tradition.
Charitable contributions can be unrestricted, to be used where the need is greatest. Alternatively, they can be designated to support a specific purpose, such as teacher initiatives, an endowed fund, or Fine Arts.
If you are interested in getting involved, or would like more information, we’d be delighted to hear from you!
Please contact Mary Flynn Myers or Nora Mullin using the contact information below:
Campaign for Catholic Schools
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184