The Paraclete Academy is featured in a recent editorial by Lawrence Harmon in the Boston Globe about “what it takes to close the achievement gap between low-income urban students and their suburban counterparts.” http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2011/10/28/schools-need-second-shift/2RRklk7pFbmQt590RuwOvO/story.html
Harmon believes successful turnaround efforts “often require adding two, three, or even more hours of academic and enrichment programs to the school day.” His solution is not to extend the hours teachers are in school but to hand off the next shift to young dedicated college graduates. He cites two such programs that do just that: Citizen Schools and the Paraclete Academy.
This is what Harmon has to say about the Paraclete Academy:
“Some high-quality after-school programs operate without any taxpayer funding. The Paraclete Academy in South Boston is a calling for its co-founder, Sister Ann Fox. It’s also a godsend for low-income, elementary, and middle-school students who arrive at the former St. Augustine convent on E Street shortly after school and stay as late as 8 p.m. Paraclete takes considerable care to balance the ethnic and economic mix of its roughly 50 students.