Our new model focuses on system-wide change in the following areas: enhanced academics; lay governance; building renovations; and improved faculty support.
Our top priority is providing our students with the best education possible in the environment of the Catholic faith tradition. Working with experts in the field, our schools implement an enhanced curriculum with an emphasis on the fundamentals. Every student spends 90 uninterrupted minutes a day studying Math and Language Arts—each.
Under the old model, Catholic schools were largely run by a pastor and principal, with a large cadre of religious sisters and clergy as the teacher corps supported by the local parish community. In years past, this was the ideal for strong Catholic schools.
Witnessing the effect of growing financial pressures placed on parishes, families, and communities, we created a new model for Catholic school governance. Shifting oversight from a parish to a regional board, our schools are now shepherded by a board of business, education, and religious leaders. Now our principals and teachers can focus 100% on the education of their students.
As we implement our new reform model for education, it’s our priority to upgrade school facilities, some more than 100 years old, to create a true 21st century learning environment. To date, CCS has fully renovated five school buildings and one teen center.
Interior improvements include:
Media rooms • Science labs • Renovated classrooms • Nurses’ stations • Guidance centers • Administration reception areas • Teacher preparation rooms
Improved Faculty Support
Just as important as competitive salaries, our teachers benefit from professional development. Teachers at our flagship school, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA), run their very own Professional Development Institute that is based on a peer-to-peer model where teachers share their expertise and experiences.
Our Academies offer:
Topics covered by the professional development institute for teachers include:
Our development program welcomes presentations from outside speakers. If you would like to share your expertise with our teachers, please contact Jacqui Millers at [email protected] or (617)779-3723.