It began at the parish level with the dedication and commitment of priests, women religious, teachers, parishioners, and volunteers all working to establish local parish schools that formed the fabric of their neighborhoods.
Sacred Heart School opens in Brockton, staffed by the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. In its infancy, it primarily served as a school for French-Canadian Catholics, but over time the school population grew more diverse.
In Dorchester, St. Ann School opens at the corner of Ashmont & Neponset Avenue, staffed by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The three-story brick building consists of 12 classrooms, an office, with a parish hall and social center in basement.
St. Margaret School opens on Columbia Road in Dorchester with 34 boys and 38 girls.
95 children enroll in 1st and 2nd grades for the opening St. Gregory Grammar School on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, taught by two Sisters of Notre Dame.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley invites Jack Connors, educators and business leaders to help further Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston. The 2010 Initiative for Catholic Education paves the way for new models of governance, regional planning and strengthening academics and teacher support, including new models for urban elementary schools. The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is established as a change-agent to help raise funds for urban Catholic education reform.
In 2007, the Sacred Heart, St. Casimir, and St. Edward schools in Brockton merge to form Trinity Catholic Academy, a multi-campus, regional school with fully renovated buildings, a governance board of trustees, improved academic and teacher support initiatives.
In 2008, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) opens in Dorchester. Formed from the merger of St. Gregory, St. Kevin, St. Ann, St. Williams, St. Mark’s, St. Angela, St. Peter parish elementary schools, SJPIICA is the largest Catholic elementary pre-K to grade 8 in New England.
In 2009, with the assistance of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, South Boston Catholic Academy opens as a regional pre-K to grade 6 school, formed from the merger of Gate of Heaven Parish School and St. Brigid Parish School.
CCS completes the renovation of SJPIICA Lower Mills Campus.
Lawrence Catholic Academy and Quincy Catholic Academy, are formed as regional Catholic schools, with new boards of trustees, leadership and faculty from the merger of local parish elementary schools.
CCS launches the Fund for the Future, to raise $25M for school sustainability, academic and teacher/principal support. In 2018, CCS becomes a legal and canonical co-sponsor of Trinity Catholic Academy and Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, further ensuring the long-term success and sustainability of these academies.