Pope Francis High School

  • Pope Francis High School is a Catholic co-educational, college-preparatory school which instills Gospel values and fosters academic excellence in a diverse community of learners.
  • Our mission is to challenge students to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically to become critical thinkers and faith-based leaders who embody justice, peace, service, and mercy in the global community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12

Student Body

Total Students301 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Pope Francis High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses8 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,090
Tuition NotesFor those actively affiliated with a Catholic Church in the Diocese, there is a reduced tuition rate.
Admissions DirectorTheresa Zaborowski

School Notes

  • In the spring of 2015, then Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski announced that Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School would merge into a new regional Catholic school beginning in 2016. He accepted a recommendation of the joint Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools` Student Advisory Committee to call the new regional Catholic high school Pope Francis in honor of the pope who was reigning at that time. 
  • In the fall of 2016, students converged under the banner of Pope Francis High School at the former location of Holyoke Catholic in Chicopee while a new facility was constructed at the site of the former Cathedral on Wendover Road in Springfield. In anticipation of the new building opening in 2018, the name of the school was changed to Pope Francis Preparatory School to better reflect the mission of the school.  
  • Building on a strong foundation of excellence, Pope Francis Preparatory School offers its students the best of what its legacy schools had to offer. Students carry on the values and many traditions of both Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic, while forging a new path for secondary Catholic education in the Diocese of Springfield. Pope Francis Preparatory School will provide a beautiful, state-of-the-art, safe environment for students to worship, learn, and succeed for generations to come. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Westfield
    St. Marys Parish School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-12 | 290 students
    7.5 miles
    27 Bartlett St
    Westfield, MA 01085
    (413) 568-5692
    7.5 PK-12
  • Chicopee
    St. Joan Of Arc School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 166 students
    1.8 miles
    587 Grattan Street
    Chicopee, MA 01020
    (413) 533-1475
    1.8 PK-8
  • Chicopee
    Grades: NS-8 | 303 students
    0.4 miles
    534 Front Street
    Chicopee, MA 01013
    (413) 592-5135
    0.4 NS-8
  • Holyoke
    Blessed Sacrament School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 212 students
    3.7 miles
    21 Westfield Rd
    Holyoke, MA 01040
    (413) 536-2236
    3.7 PK-8
  • Springfield
    Grades: 9-12 | 366 students
    4.5 miles
    99 Wendover Road
    Springfield, MA 01118
    (833) 999-7673
    4.5 9-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We have found this school to be a gem. The teachers are exceptional the adminstration is on the ball. They work as a team and the kids know they care above all else this makes the differences. The tuition is the best you will find in the area. The kids are well grounded.
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I went to public school from kindergarten-8th grade and then to Holyoke Catholic from 9th-12th. They were the best four years of my life! There is a place (socially) for everyone, the student body as a whole is accepting, non-judge mental, and all around loving and good. Teachers and staff were dedicated, fair, inspirational, and amazing, overall. The academics are challenging but push you to try your very best- I am the only one of my friends from college who thinks that college work is a breeze because my high school taught me to be organized and productive. The English department is the best you''ll find; Mr. Matte and Sr. Marlene made me a pro at writing, thinking critically, and I now am constantly asked to edit and critique the writing of others. I look back on my high school years so fondly, and sometimes even wish I could go back!
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