Our Current Projects

Our reform model transforms struggling Catholic schools into strong, vibrant, and sustainable schools. Our work brings us deep into the inner-city and into neighborhoods where a safe Catholic school can make all of the difference in a life of a child. It is our mission to ensure that these schools are able to continue their crucial work of providing children of all backgrounds with an excellent values-based education.

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Dorchester and Mattapan

Educating more than 1,250 Pre K-8 students, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) is the largest Catholic elementary school in New England and educates 30% of all Catholic elementary students in Boston. Founded in 2008, the Academy occupies four former parish-based Catholic schools and is under the leadership of one Regional Board and Director. SJPIICA offers a rigorous academic program for its students, and for the past three years, SJPIICA has earned a place among the top ten schools in growth scores in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Recently, SJPIICA earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Most new schools make multiple attempts to complete this evaluation, but SJPIICA passed all 14 standards of excellence with flying colors. This achievement affirms the quality education provided at SJPIICA, and is a testament to the impact of this work to build thriving Catholic schools.

Answering to a higher standard of education, the Academy offers:

  • Renovated facilities that include new technology, libraries, computer and science labs, art/music facilities, and gymnasiums
  • Standardized curriculum for all grade levels across all campuses, developed with assistance from Boston College, Emmanuel College, Regis College, and Lesley University
  • Enhanced academics including 90-minute lessons in math and language arts every day
  • Robust fine arts program that teaches music to all students during the school day, including an Academy choir and the largest student string orchestra in Boston
  • Strong Catholic faith formation rooted in human values 
  • Improved standards for hiring, assessing, and compensating teachers to retain and attract the most talented and dedicated educators
  • New professional development opportunities, including a Professional Development Institute open to all teachers in the Boston area
  • Extended learning with before and after school programs
  • Talented and gifted program including Algebra instruction, Latin/Greek roots programs, and enhanced literacy programs

Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton

The Campaign for Catholic School’s first project, Trinity Catholic Academy, is a two-campus school educating over 500 students each year.
Thanks to the support of local pastors, business leaders, and generous donors, Trinity Catholic Academy was founded in 2007 from three Brockton Catholic elementary schools that were on the verge of closing. Suffolk Construction undertook major renovations at below cost, and Stonehill College partnered with the Academy to enhance the curriculum and provide professional development to teachers. Through unselfish acts such as these, the Academy is now flourishing with:

  • Renovated facilities that include new science, computer and language labs, new art and music rooms, a pre-K classroom, new kitchens and cafeterias, and upgraded technology
  • Enhanced academics including 90-minute lessons in math and language arts every day
  • Better test scores showing significant improvement in all subjects, across all grades, including the majority of students performing above grade level and some performing two grade levels above
  • Solid faith formation with a human values curriculum developed in partnership with Stonehill College
  • New board of trustees managing the school
  • Talented and gifted program for children in grades 4-8
  • Music instruction for all students, including 40% of students learning how to play an instrument
  • Competitive athletics program including varsity and junior varsity boys and girls basketball teams
  • Improved teacher support with strong principal leadership that includes performance-based compensation and specialized professional development