Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy

Educating 1,150 PreK-8 students and 30% of total Catholic elementary students in Boston, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) is New England’s largest Catholic elementary school. Founded in 2008, SJPIICA represents the coming-together of seven parish schools into one three-campus academy under a regional director reporting to a lay board of trustees. 

SJPIICA offers: 

• Renovated facilities including new media centers, libraries, computer and science labs, art/music facilities, and new technology.  

• Standardized curriculum for all grade levels across all campuses, with assistance from Boston College, Emmanuel College, Regis College, and Lesley University.

Improved standards for hiring, assessing, and compensating teachers to attract, develop, and retain the most talented and dedicated educators.

• Professional development opportunities including a Professional Development Institute open to all Catholic school teachers in the Boston area.

• Extended learning with out-of-school programs providing supportive, close-knit space for students to interact, do homework, and enroll in activities like tutoring, sports and clubs.

• Talented and gifted programs and a strong middle school Latin/Greek roots program along with enhanced literacy programs. 

• Music and Fine Arts instruction where students receive dedicated instruction in art and music weekly. The violin program at SJPIICA is the largest school-based program in Boston, with all 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in weekly instruction.   


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