Ten years ago, led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Boston recognized that the tipping point had been reached in its Catholic schools, particularly in its inner-city elementary schools. With enrollment rapidly declining and schools closing, a major review and strategic planning effort evolved to change the trajectory of Catholic education in Boston. Chaired by Boston business and civic leader, Jack Connors, Jr., at the behest of Boston’s Archbishop Cardinal Seán O’Malley, this endeavor came to be known first as the 2010 Initiative for Catholic Education and in time, the Campaign for Catholic Schools.
The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is a change agent for rebuilding Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston through new models that introduce lay governance, strong academics, facility improvement, new technology, and innovative teacher support.
Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, CCS' first successful pilot school, was established in 2007. Thanks to the generosity of philanthropists who gave over $10 million in private support, and to Boston’s Suffolk Construction which undertook major renovations at below cost, three Catholic elementary schools with declining enrollment, became one regional two-campus Academy educating 350 mostly low-income students.
Established in 2008, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) was established by the coming together of seven parish schools to form a three-campus Academy. With an enrollment of 1,150 children, age 2.9- Grade 8, SJPIICA is governed by a lay board of trustees and is administered by a regional director.
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.