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Who We Are

The Paraclete Academy is an after-school educational enrichment program for urban youth. We began in 1997 and have served over 1,000 students from 800 households—almost a third of South Boston’s families.

We focus on the critical learning years from 4th grade through 8th grade, providing accelerated reading programs, programs in math and science, and many other hands on project-based learning activities throughout the year. We prepare our students for the best schools in Boston while ensuring that they and their families are able to navigate the complexities of the Boston educational system. We assist them with admittance to the middle schools and high schools of their choice.

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Our students represent a diverse ethnic, racial and economic group. This year we have students from 9 different countries representing seven different languages. We promote an education of excellence that cultivates both mind and spirit. We do this because we believe that education is the foundation not only for individual success, but also for a peaceful and just society.

Testimonials

The Paraclete is one of the only programs that I know of that is truly ALL about the children. Their summer program is excellent. The after school program is great too! My son attended the program. My daughter is currently attending & absolutely loves it!! While the focus is on academics, (yes, even in the summer which is great) the mix of extra curricular opportunities is beyond compare! Where else can your child go after school to get: REAL homework help, cooking classes, Robotics, self-defense class, Karate, Theater, Arts, Boxing, field trips, ISEE Prep & so much more…really, too much programming to name!! Yes, I think it’s a super program but more importantly, my daughter loves it there! When she reaches the age limit for the summer program, she wants to volunteer her time & give back what has been given to her. Honestly, what more could I possibly say??
-Paula Fallon Emma

“This past year I graduated from Northeastern Law School. My time as a teacher at the Paraclete was critical to this decision. With my students, I learned that I can make a very important impact in the world. I am ready now to pursue a legal career and make an even bigger impact.”
-Nate Gates, Former Paraclete Teacher

“The thing that I have gained the most from the Paraclete is an understanding that I can be a resource—hopefully a pretty good resource—for these kids. There are a lot of really talented, curious, intelligent young people going to urban schools who really, really want adults to come and be positive forces in their lives. It’s been pretty humbling and pretty powerful to spend the last year of my life doing that.”
-Thomas Bateman, Former Paraclete Teacher

“The Paraclete was so much a part of my life growing up—I can’t imagine what I would have done without it. It got me into a great high school, Boston Latin, and kept me involved in positive community and extracurricular activities. I don’t understand why every neighborhood doesn’t have a Paraclete!”
-James, Paraclete Academy Alumnus
Current Nuclear Engineer with the U.S. Navy

“The Paraclete Academy was always a place where I could explore what I was truly interested in. I was able to see how the things I was learning in school connected to the real world. Paraclete helped me to understand the opportunities that awaited me and then helped me prepare to make the most of them. My time at Paraclete paved the way for my academic and professional success”
-Cale Putnam, Paraclete Academy Alumnus
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Graduate of Engineering
Current Coach for the Paraclete Robotic Engineering Club

“Dear Sister Ann,
I would like to thank you for everything you have done for my son. You have taken a boy who would leave the house only to go to school and have given him a life! He enjoys all of the activities available at the Paraclete, most of which we would not be able to afford to give him on our own. He has learned so much and is improving in school. Thank you for everything!”
-Jayne Talbot, Mother of Colin, Paraclete Academy Student

“My oldest daughter, Colleen, attended the first class at the Paraclete Center. It was new to all of us at the time and the Paraclete became a second home for her. She and many of the friends she made at the Paraclete are now College graduates.
My son Sean also attended the Paraclete for three years. Without it, I’m not sure he would have made it through middle school. He went there two to four nights a week (willingly I might add) to work on his homework and to get extra help. Before he started attending the Paraclete Center, homework and school were a constant struggle. He became more organized and confident in his studies while attending the Paraclete Center. He was accepted by Trinity Catholic High School and I feel he was more prepared for this endeavor because of the time he spent at the Paraclete Center.
I don’t know what our community would do without this great resource!”
-Sharon, Mother of Colleen and Sean, Paraclete Academy Alumni

“At the Paraclete I learn more math and I learn to be a better reader. I got my first straight As this year!”
-Claire, Former Paraclete Student

“Before I came to the Paraclete my homework was always wrong.  My grades were going down.  When I started coming to the Paraclete, my grades went up. I came here to get my grades up in Math and English and it worked!”
-Yonis, Former Paraclete Student