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South Boston Catholic Academy

Private | PK-6 | 310 students

Our school is best known for its faith, academic excellence and service
 
 

 
 

Living in Boston

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $385,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,210.

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4 stars

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8 reviews of this school


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Posted July 28, 2013

It is the best school in this community.In three months I saw a lot of progress on my son, the teachers are high qualified,friendly and very committed.The principal and also the whole staff are dedicated and very hard worker. Children and parents are treated with respect,professionally and very welcoming.The excellent education is always worth every penny..S.B.C.A. is the school for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

This is a wonderful neighborhood school, a rare thing these days! While there has been turnover with the principal, one need only look to the staff for reassurance. There is VERY LOW staff turnover. They are excellent, committed teachers. There is also a very professional and consistent staff (secrretary, custodian, counselor, etc.). It is a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment. The parents, pastor and priests are very involved in the school on a daily basis, and that sends a wonderful message to the kids. The children do have music, art, computeer lab and library time. There are extra curricular acitivities like CYO sports and scouting. I am very thankful that the pastor is committed enough to the school to be willing to make tough choices, like letting go a principal who was not working out. That shows true commitment to the children's best interests and I am grateful for it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

The problem I have with St. Brigid's is the high turnover rate of the principals. My wife and I are considering a new school for our kids for the 2008 schoolyear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

I love this school. My children are happy here and the quality of the education they are receiving is better then most schools in the area. I was however disappointed when the spanish class was cancelled. Both of my children were looking forward to taking it yet neither one did. Also extracarricular activities are a nil. They could try for more afterschool programs, ie; sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

There are certain criticisms for every school. When it comes to a Catholic school, automatically one has a higher expectation. The only thing St. Brigid's lacks is leadership. There have been four principals in the last four years. This has resulted in the school's direction being changed so frequently, that each leader has not had sufficient time to accomplish their individual goals for the improvement of the school. And just for the record, the 2004-2005 tuition is $4100. On a positive note, the teachers and parents have a collaborative relationship which vastly improves the quality of education. Overall, I recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2004

I think that the child (not parent) who wrote the above review is off base! If an angry student who did not like a teacher reviews -- of course it is going to be based on emotion rather than what the school is truly like. I have a child at St. Brigid's (formerly of another school) and I think it is one of the greatest schools in South Boston! The teachers are wonderful, the principal is dedicated, energetic, and cares about every family that comes through the door. I would not hesitate to encorage you to look at this school for your child. The school provides a wonderful catholic education, where my child learns in a very safe environment. Its great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2004

I know of many children who attend this school and they are all very happy and enjoy the learning that takes place there. The teachers are dedicated and very involved in the lives of the students. The principal is a very hard worker and has done much to strengthen the shcool's Catholic identity. Priests and parents take an active role in the school also. The tuition is very reasonable and not $4000 as the student reports in his/her review. If you are truly looking for a good Catholic education for your child, St. Brigid School deserves a look.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 21, 2004

I am a soon to be a graduate of this school and it is the worst school you could go to. The teachers are horrible and the principle has no clue what she's doing. Its a waste of $4,000. Dont go to ST. Brigids.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 67%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nancy D. Carr
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (617) 268-7269

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Boston
  • Boston College
  • Lesley University
  • TPI
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Game club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Boston Latin School
BC High
Ursuline Academy
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866 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
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Phone: (617) 268-2326

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