Campaign for Catholic Schools

2013GroupsshotatNeponset-615x285For the last decade, the Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) has focused on struggling urban Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Thanks to the leadership of Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and business and educational leaders, a well-researched plan for school improvement has been implemented at three regional urban Catholic elementary schools. The plan includes: school consolidation/renovation, new governance, improved academics, and better teacher support/pay for performance.

To date, CCS has: 

  • Built two new regional academies: Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) in Dorchester/Mattapan and Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) in Brockton. Together, these schools serve 1,600 low-to-moderate income children, Pre-K to Grade 8, with
    • Five renovated buildings with updated technology, building efficiencies, and dedicated science, fine arts, and tutoring centers; 
    • New academics and extracurricular activities; 
    • Strong teacher support; and 
    • Expert lay boards.  
  • Influenced the establishment of three additional regional academies in the Archdiocese of Boston—Lawrence Catholic Academy, Quincy Catholic Academy, and South Boston Catholic Academy—and consulted with other struggling Catholic school systems throughout the U.S. 
  • Attracted 1,600 new Catholic school supporters who believe Catholic education is the best educational model for children while instilling beautiful values and tenets of our Catholic faith.   

SJPIICA and TCA are the two largest elementary schools in the Archdiocese, and since 2008, more than 1,000 Grade 8 students have graduated (with an additional 30% of Grade 6 students at SJPIICA leaving prior to Grade 8 to attend prestigious Boston Exam Schools). 

Additionally, the majority of SJPIICA and TCA graduates (68%) attend Catholic high schools, where they graduate and enroll at competitive colleges and universities.  

The positive impact of CCS was reported in Bloomberg News in March 2016.  

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