St. James–St. John School is a co-ed Catholic elementary school located in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts. We teach preschool through 8th grade and have a diverse population of one hundred and seventy-five students. SJSJ is governed by our pastors with the help of the principal, and is overseen by parents.

As part of the wider Christian community, we strive to teach in the spirit of Jesus Christ. We nurture a vibrant spiritual and academic life, emphasizing love and compassion for others.

As of 2012, St. James–St. John School is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).


Registration Is Open

St James–St John School is now accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 school year for grades Preschool 3 through Grade 8. We offer a rigorous academic program rooted in gospel values.  Spaces are limited due to the COVID-19 spacing restrictions.

Our program also offers weekly classes in art, music, health, technology, and physical education. In addition, we offer before and after school extended care, a full-time nurse, peer tutoring, a hot lunch program, Special Education Services in a welcoming family atmosphere. We are an accredited institution by NEASC. Need-based scholarship funds can be applied for through the FACE Scholarship Fund

Please contact the principal Cristina Viveiros-Serra at principal@sjsjschool.com for more information

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    New Student Referral Reward Program

    St James-St John School is pleased to announce our New Student Referral Reward Program. For many years, our students and parents have been our best advertisers. You are an invaluable asset who shares positive experiences through simple word of mouth to families, friends and neighbors.

    Project Access is a coalition of faith-based non-public schools whose mission is to advocate for public resources to support non-public school students, such as school health and special education services. This coalition will also ensure that non-public students in Massachusetts access the state and federal programs to which they are entitled even though their parents choose to send their children to non-public schools.

    During the past couple of years, Project Access has secured a landmark IDEA decision from the United States Department of Education and successfully advocated for a new MA Department of Public Health school nursing grant program. The Catholic Schools Office has applied for said grant and anticipates a decision by early March 2020.

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