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).

Return To School Dates

Grades 1-8: August 31st

PK and Kindergarten: Sept 8th

Extended Care Information

At this time, St James-St John School will continue to provide Extended Care following CDC Guidelines and all SJSJ protocols given for daily activity. This includes the use of face masks, physical distancing, and cleaning protocols. Students in our Extended Care program will be kept in cohorts, especially in younger grades, as much as is possible.

The structure of this program has changed, as we need to assign students to cohorts to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.

A sign-up procedure is now expected for families who will use this service.  We will no longer be accepting “on-demand” – students will not be able to drop in at the end of the day or call in for the same day. Until the COVID-19 risk becomes minimal, we are asking that parents use this service if necessary to meet your work obligations and not as primarily a social opportunity for your student.

Morning Extended Care (7:00 am – 7:45 am)
Parents may accompany their student to the front, but may not enter the school building. Please follow social distancing requirements maintaining six feet between families. Students in Grades 2 – 8 must wear a mask when entering the building and students in PK-Grade 1 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

After School Extended Care (2:30 – 5:30 pm)
Students who are remaining for Extended Care will report directly to their assigned area. Snacks brought from home may be consumed between 2:35 and 3:00 pm. An opportunity for outside or inside play and homework time will be provided. Students may bring a book or small item to keep them occupied. Cell phones and electronics may not be used.

  • Students in Grades PreK- Grade 1 will be assigned to cohorts who will be supervised in the PreK4 classroom.
  • Grades 2 – 8 will enter the grade 8 classroom formerly the cafeteria and will be directed to a specific location in the room.    Individual students are located 6 feet apart for the duration of Extended Care.  Students should bring a book or other small item to occupy their time. Cell phones and electronics may not be used.
  • Parents may pick up students through the PreK4 back door.

All students using the Extended Care Service must be signed up by the sign-up deadline for each week.  As the program is staffed according to those signed up, parents will be billed* for the dates and times reserved for their students.  Extended Care rates for 2020-2021 will remain at $5 an hour.  Failure to pay your bill in a timely fashion may result in not being permitted to use the service.

Please note that students are not permitted to wait for pickup outside unsupervised.

SIGN UP FORM for Week of August 31 and Week of September 8 is now available.

Signup deadline for these two weeks is Thursday, August 20th

* If your student is absent from school for the entire day or dismissed from school before 11 am, or school is canceled, the family will not be charged for that day of Extended Care.

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.


Registration Is Open

St James–St John School is now accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 school year for grades Preschool 3 through Grade 8. We offer a rigorous academic program rooted in gospel values.

Our program also offers weekly classes in art, music, foreign language, technology, and physical education. In addition, we offer before and after school extended care, a full-time nurse, peer tutoring, 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.

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.

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