HFHN and SJSJ will Merge After the 2021-22 School Year

The Diocese of Fall River announced today that due to compounding financial challenges from the COVID pandemic, Holy Family Holy Name School and St. James St. John School will merge into a new school at the end of this school year, building on the strengths of the two New Bedford elementary schools.

The consolidated school, yet to be named, will serve an estimated 300 students and will reside on the St. James St. John campus on Orchard Street in New Bedford. A middle school serving the combined schools will be established in the Kennedy Youth Center, located behind the St. James St. John building, and is slated to receive major renovations and upgrades.
St. James St. John Principal Cristina Viveiros-Serra will serve as principal for the new elementary school, and Holy Family Holy Name Principal Deacon Peter Schutzler will be Dean of the middle school. A public naming process will start in February with recommendations to the Bishop for naming the new school.

We encourage all families to apply early to attend this new school. FACE applications are due by March 11th and can be completed using this year’s school name.


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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