South Boston Catholic Academy

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The mission of South Boston Catholic Academy is rooted in its philosophy which embraces excellence of education and a firm belief in the uniqueness of each individual.
Inspired by its tradition of faith, family spirit and academic excellence, South Boston Catholic Academy, a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Boston, has as its main purpose, to meet the spiritual, academic, physical and social needs of individual students and to provide a learning environment which is both stimulating and supportive.
We develop within our students the necessary skills and knowledge to become life-long learners and morally conscious members of society. South Boston Catholic Academy provides a rigorous curriculum which includes STEM instruction, foreign language, and the use of technology to leverage learning.
Additionally, SBCA offers a number of exta curricular programs including homework help, music, art, computer, and fitness.
Before and after school programs and Summer Camps offered. South Boston Catholic Academy is an inclusive school welcoming students from all faiths.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded2009
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students352 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade South Boston Catholic Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Plaid jumper,navy pants, white polo)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$5,375
Tuition NotesFinancial aid and scholarships available.


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Homework Club

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Community Service Club, ISEE Prep Courses, MathClub, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Innovative Teaching Propels South Boston Catholic Academy to New Heights
  • Submitted by: Jamie Brown
  • South Boston Catholic Academy is an urban elementary school serving 300 students, Preschool to Grade 6, from South Boston, the Seaport District and surrounding communities.
  • Our mission, inspired by our Catholic faith, serves to develop well rounded students through an environment that is both stimulating and supportive.  At the center of South Boston Catholic Academy`s work is a commitment to student learning and high achievement.  Our extensive curriculum begins in our Early Childhood Program (Preschool and K1), which is a part of the highly regarded Lynch Foundation Early Childhood Project.  Teachers create an environment that nurtures the social and emotional well-being of all students in order for effective learning to take place.  Through the engaging curriculum, children play in order to achieve high learning goals.  The OWL program, "Opening the World of Learning," is a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that helps students develop language and early literacy skills. In addition to helping children grow in all content areas, OWL helps them to build personal and social skills. This rewarding curriculum is enriched by fun, hands-on activities.  Additionally, teachers receive scholarships to complete their Master`s in Early Childhood education.The Literacy Collaborative, through Lesley College, provides our early elementary teachers explicit coaching around literacy in the classroom to ensure that all of our students are given extensive early exposure to reading and writing.  In addition, SBCA also offers a Reading Recovery program for early readers who need effective one to one intervention. Unique to SBCA are structures to support student learning outside the classroom.  Our "Exceptional Learners" program supports our students who require extra support in their learning through push in and pull out programs.  Additionally, the program seeks to work with the students who are high achievers to extend their learning beyond the classroom.  With a critical eye on all students` achievement, this program truly seeks to support all of our students in their growth and learning.  A solid curriculum with extensive support is simply our foundation.  Learning is enhanced in an innovative way through technology in all classrooms.  Beyond the interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads that enhance daily lessons, SBCA has leveraged the use of technology to help our students achieve across all subject areas.  A recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) initiative in classrooms has pushed our students to think critically about these intertwined disciplines and look critically at their real world application.  Most recently, our 5th graders used iPads to engage in a STEM program where they looked critically at the game of hockey.  The "Future Goals: Hockey Scholar" program enabled our students to explore topics including the geometric design of an ice rink, conservation of energy in falling pucks, and speed and velocity using skates.  Our Arts program, directed by local Artist Deb Putnam, has also been bolstered by the use of technology, showing our students that art is much more than paint and brushes.  A recent grant funded our Art room with 10 mini iPads which our 6th grade students are currently using for an animation project.  The project, "When I think of South Boston-" is a series of shorts created with iMotion using a cut paper animation technique.  Students in the art room have additionally worked with stop action animation as well as experimented with a green screen as backdrops.  Our rigorous, core academic subjects and technology are supplemented by fine arts, technology, physical education, Latin & Greek word study, and a newly established Spanish curriculum in grades 1-6. Furthermore, partnerships with Emmanuel College, Lesley University, Boston College, The Museum of Science and The Lynch Foundation continue to serve as essential resources to provide the Academy with additional enhancements to our curriculum. Beyond the school day, our students engage in further learning and are active members of their community.  Our students are active participants in many clubs, sports, and community service organizations.  Notably, many students at our school participate in BOKS, a before school exercise program with proven results to improve student concentration and focus throughout the school day.  After school, most students join one of our several clubs or teams, including Basketball, Student Council, Community Service Club, and Choir.  Students in need of extra help receive after school tutoring during our homework club.SBCA`s commitment to preparing its students for future success is highlighted by our Grade 6 students acceptance into prestigious middle schools in the Boston area.  Recent acceptances include: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, John D. O`Bryant School, Boston College High School-Arrupe Division,  Catholic Memorial, Dexter, Mount Alvernia School, Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, St. Sebastian`s School, Southfield, Thayer Academy, Ursuline Academy, and Xaverian Brothers High School. We offer on-site before and after school programs as well as creative summer enrichment camps and highly regarded test preparation programs. We invite you to contact us for more information, schedule a tour and see what makes South Boston Catholic Academy such a special school. Join us for our Open House on Wednesday, February 3rd from 9:30-11:00 & 4:00-6:00 or by appointment. Phone: 617-268-2326 - visit us online: or contact Barbara Keohane, Director of Business and Communications at
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
South Boston Catholic Academy is such an amazing school. My son started in their Pre-k Program this year and I have been beyond impressed. They created the most amazing atmosphere for my son, even in the middle of a pandemic. Every day my son comes home and is happy, excited and has learned something new. The teachers are incredibly responsive to emails and questions I have, and Dr. Civian (The principle) Is in constant contact with parents! My son has grown and thrived so much while attending SBCA. I could not be happier with my choice of sending my kids here.
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My children have had outstanding experiences at South Boston Catholic Academy (and, previously, St. Brigid School). They have flourished in the small classroom settings, achieved excellent academic outcomes (acceptance to Boston exam schools and private high schools) and developed skills and confidence to work toward their future goals. I found that the sense of community and the strong support of SBCA teachers definitely helped my children to become caring and productive members of society. I am not sure that they would have experienced the same academic challenge/success, sense of community or level of faculty support and guidance elsewhere.
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