BRAINTREE, MA – As the new academic year began, the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) caught up with two parents who have found Catholic education to be the perfect fit for their children. In a conversation released via our Saints and Scholars On-the-Go podcast, Superintendent Kathy Mears had the opportunity to connect with Nikita Reis and LaQuita Young whose children attend one of the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy campuses.
Nikita Reis is the mother of three-year-old Madison who will be entering PreK in a few weeks. When looking for a school for her young daughter, she realized that traditional daycare was not going to be the best option for her. It felt too unstructured and she knew that setting a good foundation, even in the earliest years of life, is important for success later on. Madison’s father and most of his family were graduates of the SJPIICA school, when it was Saint Gregory’s, and spoke highly about the school’s impact on them. Reis felt at home right away when she first stepped foot on the campus where her daughter attends. The choice paid off and her young daughter is thriving academically. Madison is able to recognize and identify letters of the alphabet, she can do simple addition, and knows all her shapes. For Reis, the financial sacrifice is worth the academic payoff. Additionally, she commended the school for giving parents a voice and taking their suggestions to heart. The family feel of the school extends to the community through service projects, fundraising, and connection with local police officers who visit and work with the school throughout the year.
LaQuita Young and her son Calvin also spoke with Mears about their four-year experience with the school. A K2 scholar, Calvin has benefited greatly from his time at SJPIICA. His mother describes him as very advanced in his academics and she credits that to the school. At one point her son had been accepted to a charter school but decided that she should heed her principal’s suggestion to go and take a look at a K2 classroom before making a final decision. What she saw cemented her choice to stay at SJPIICA. “I was so engaged by the teacher and I knew that this is where my son belongs,” remarked Young. She also expressed a high opinion of the school’s community partnerships, their fine arts programing, and the family environment.
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