The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is changing the conversation on urban education in the U.S. By creating a new, sustainable, and replicable model of education, our schools are changing the lives of thousands of children every day.
Educating more than 1,250 students aged 2.9 through Grade 8, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is the largest elementary school in Boston—public or private—educating 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. Each campus is led by a principal and the teachers work together to implement an improved curriculum that includes a talented and gifted program, Algebra instruction, Latin, and enhanced literacy programs.
CCS' first project, Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) spans two campuses—Lower Campus (2.9 through Grade 3) and Upper Campus (Grades 4 through 8)—and educates more than 400 students each year. Thanks to the support of local pastors, business leaders, and generous donors, TCA will serve the needs of hundreds of families in Brockton for years to come.
After the closing of two parish-based Catholic schools in South Boston, South Boston Catholic Academy (SBCA) was formed in 2009 at the old St. Brigid elementary school. With upgraded curriculum standards, improved professional development opportunities, and building renovations, SBCA proudly serves more than 350 children. Because of the generosity of so many, SBCA is able to make a values-based education a real option for South Boston families.
When St. Peter's Parish school in Dorchester's Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood closed, the youth living in this particularly challenging area lost a critical resource in their community. As part of CCS' efforts to serve these at-risk teens both within and beyond the classroom, CCS teamed up with Catholic Charities to establish a Teen Center in the old boys school on Bowdoin Street. Serving more than 150 teens every day, the Teen Center is a safe haven for after-school study, nutrition, and recreation. Offering tutoring, homework help, standardized test coaching, English classes, and school mentoring, these teens are getting the guidance, encouragement, and care they need to stay on the path to academic and life success. The majority of the kids who have attended the Teen Center have stayed in school, graduated, and gone on to college.