News and Updates

This page serves as a portal for important announcements and documents of which the parents need to be aware. Please check back here regularly. You may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print any PDF's linked to this page. Get the reader here.

Join the Parent/Faculty Book Club

Become a member of our SJP reading community and join the Parent/Faculty Book Club. We will host our first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 26. We will discuss Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. If you don't have time to read the book, don't worry. We will also talk about what other summer reads we enjoyed and choose a book for our October reading selection. We will meet in the Learning Commons from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. Hope to see you there. Happy Reading!

Posted by Damian Shiner on Thursday September 14
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Admissions’ Corner - Sept 14

The recruiting season is already in full swing! This week, the Admissions office will represent the School at the BC High, St. Patrick School, and Matignon high school fairs.

The SJP Open House is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 1-4pm. In order to continue attracting excellent candidates, this event requires the help of students and families. Please contact Mrs. Spencer or Mrs. Nunan if you are able to volunteer.

There are only a few spots left in the HSPT Prep Course. If you have an 8th grade student or know of one looking to maximize their score on the entrance exam, please contact Mr. Faherty as soon possible. The registration form is available here.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Thursday September 14
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Advancement Office Update

The countdown is on until June 30, the end of SJP’s fiscal year. Please make your tax-deductible gift to the SJP Annual Fund today via the online Donation page, or by mail or phone. You will join other dedicated SJP supporters who have chosen to invest in the School’s most precious assets: its students and faculty. Thank you for your consideration!
Posted by Damian Shiner on Friday June 9
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Final Exam Info for Underclassmen

Overview

Final Exams begin on Tuesday, June 6, and end on Friday, June 9. These exams constitute 10% of a student’s overall grade for the year. Over the course of this exam week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skill development and their mastery of content from the second semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to demonstrate and to integrate all that he/she has learned since January. In the last few weeks, teachers have begun to outline their expectations for the Final Exams and assisted students in preparing for these crucially important exercises. It is critical that each student invests the time and energy to prepare thoroughly and effectively for Final Exams. Families can help to make certain that students have plenty of rest and eat well before each exam.

Schedule

Final Exams begin Tuesday, June 6 and end Friday, June 9. 

Monday, June 5, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present.

On exam days, the Dining Hall will be open as usual at 7:00 AM.  Students will be dismissed from the Dining Hall at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. Exams will take place in the Gym and selected classrooms (exam locations for each subject will be made available to students the week before exams). The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Students are dismissed from school after they have completed their exams for that day. We will be offering afterschool faculty supervision in the Café until 3:00PM during exam week.

The schedule for each exam day is as follows:

  • First Exam: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM (depending on the length of the exam)
  • Second Exam: 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM or 12:30 AM (depending on the length of the exam)

Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. No student is permitted to leave an exam room before the scheduled completion of the exam.

Sequence of Final Exams:

  • Tuesday, June 6: Math (Double Math - Algebra II) and Social Studies
  • Wednesday, June 7: English and Math – (Geometry Students Only)
  • Thursday, June 8: Science and Theology
  • Friday, June 9: Language and Make up Exams

NOTE: English Writing, STEAM 1 and STEAM II Final projects will be completed in advance of Final Exam week.

School Cancellations

In the event that school is cancelled on a day during the Final Exam week, the exams scheduled for that day would take place on the following day. For example, if school were to be closed on Tuesday, June 6, the exam scheduled for that day (Math and Social Studies) would occur on Wednesday, June 7. Wednesday’s exam would then be moved to Thursday, etc.

Teacher-Led Review Sessions

All of our teachers will be available every day during exam week until at least 1:30 PM to answer student questions about upcoming exams. Many of our teachers also offer Teacher-Led Review Sessions during the week of exams. A schedule of these sessions will be posted on our website. As always, out teachers will be available for extra help/review from 2:35 – 3:30 PM in the weeks leading up to exams.

Extended Time Policies and Procedures

Please contact the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and/or the International Student Coordinator with any questions.

Timed Writing

Theology, English, Social Studies, and some Science and Language teachers may choose to administer their timed writing prompts, and/or listening and oral portions of their exams, the week before Finals. A test calendar has been established to ensure that students are not taking more than one of these assessments per day. 

Expectations for Students

Find below the SJP expectations for students taking Final Exams.

  • Friday, June 2 is a Study Day (no scheduled classes for students). This day is designed to mirror how third level institutions schedule opportunities for their students as they prepare for major exams. Our students should plan to use this day wisely to continue their preparation for the upcoming exams. Students should use this time to organize materials, create study guides, prepare questions for teachers and review sessions, etc.
  • Monday, June 5, is a Review Day; school is in session from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM, and all students are expected to be present.
  • Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled exam.
  • Students are expected to be in school uniform during exam week.
  • On exam days, Café Phoenix will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed from the Café Phoenix at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. 
  • Students who need a place to prepare for their next exam are encouraged to take advantage of the quiet, supervised study environment of the Learning Commons.
  • Students waiting for a ride at the end of the day should wait in Café Phoenix. We will be offering afterschool faculty supervision in the Café until 3:00PM during exam week.
  • Unless specifically permitted by the subject teacher, students should not have access to any books, translators, iPads, notebooks, calculators etc., during the exam period. All electronic devices should be turned off and placed in bags/backpacks.
  • All bags, materials, and books should be left in a designated area of the testing area. 
  • All students will report directly to their designated exam locations. Students with extended time should report directly to the extended time test area – AEC. If an extended time student reports to your exam location he/she should be re-directed to the appropriate location.
  • Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM and the second exam begins promptly at 10:30 AM. 
  • Any student who arrives more than 20 minutes late for a Final Exam will be redirected to the Learning Commons and required to meet with her/his subject teacher after the exam period to schedule a make-up exam. All Final Exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, June 9.
  • Unless it is an emergency, no student is permitted to leave the exam room before the scheduled completion of the exam. Students are free to use the bathrooms before and after the exams. If a student finishes early, he/she must remain in the exam room until the end of the exam period. Teachers/Proctors will encourage any student who finishes early to use the extra time to review for his/her next exam.
  • As always, students are not permitted to have any food or drink in the academic building; the only exception is water in a clear container.
  • Only a serious illness (confirmed by a physician’s note) or a family emergency should prevent a student from taking exams as scheduled.
  • Students are not permitted to pre-schedule exams.
All make-up exams must be completed by the afternoon of Friday, June 9, at a time convenient to both student and teacher. If necessary, these make-up exams may be scheduled after 12:30 PM from Tuesday, June 6, to Friday, June 9. In extenuating circumstances, with a note from physician, make up exams can be administered the week after exams.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Tuesday May 30
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Golf Tournament to Support SJP

The Corrib Pub, in Brighton, will host their annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 3. This year, all of the proceeds will go to Saint Joseph Prep! If you are interested in playing a round or sponsoring a hole, please download the registration form. This a great event... supporting an even better cause!


Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday May 17
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SJP Nurse Presents on Concussions

SJP’s school nurse, Ms. Joanne Shea, presented to her peers from schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) on Tuesday, May 2. The conference focused on concussions, where Ms. Shea discussed her role in the “returning to learn” process, namely working with students, families, and teachers on the transition back to the classroom after a concussion. Thanks, Ms. Shea, for sharing your experience with other schools, but mostly for taking care of us here at SJP!
Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday May 3
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HSPT Prep Course This Fall!

Saint Joseph Prep is pleased to announce the return of the HSPT Prep Course this fall. This five-week class is a terrific opportunity for eighth-grade students to become more comfortable with the HSPT exam and pick up some great test-taking strategies. For more information, please contact Mr. Faherty (617-254-8383 x1109 or kevin.faherty@saintjosephprep.org). To access a registration form for your family, or a friend or neighbor, please download our HSPT Prep Course flyer.


Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday May 3
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Admissions’ Corner, May 3

Saint Joseph Prep welcomed students and families from the incoming Class of 2021 on Wednesday, April 26 for the New Parent Coffee and Math Placement Test. With the exception of a couple students on class field trips out of state, there was perfect attendance, illustrating the engagement and commitment of our newest community members.

The morning started with individual, feeder school, and town/city photos for publication in local newspapers and schools newsletters. Then, while the students took their first of many tests as an SJP student, parents heard from the Administrative team at SJP to learn more about everything from technology to athletics and from college planning to mission integration. Once the scholars had completed their task, families migrated to the gymnasium for a uniform fitting and spirit wear sale.

It was an excellent welcoming event for the Class of 2021 and, as a community, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these outstanding students and families!
Posted by Damian Shiner on Wednesday May 3
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End of Year Cookout

Since it is an incredibly busy time of year for both parents and students, we are cancelling the End of the Year Cookout that was scheduled on Wednesday, May 24. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. McCarvill at: kathleen.mccarvill@saintjosephprep.org. Thanks.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Tuesday May 2
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Senior Final Exam Schedule & Info 2016-2017

Overview

Senior Final Exams begin on Monday, April 10, and end on Thursday, April 13. These exams constitute 12.5% of a student’s overall grade for the year. Over the course of this exam week, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skill development and their content mastery from the second semester. This is a wonderful opportunity for your son/daughter to demonstrate and to integrate all that he/she has learned since January. In the last few weeks, teachers have begun to outline their expectations for the Finals and assisted students in preparing for these crucially important exercises. It is absolutely critical that each student invests the time and energy to prepare thoroughly and effectively for Final Exams. Families can help by making certain that students have plenty of rest and eat well before each exam.

Schedule

Midterm Exams begin Monday, April 10 and end Thursday, April 13.  

On exam days, the Dining Hall will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed from the Dining Hall at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building. Exams will take place in Phoenix Hall. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Unless they are schedule to attend an AP class, students are dismissed from school after they have completed their exams for that day – see below for more detailed information on attendance expectations for AP students during exam week.

The schedule for each exam day is as follows:

  • First Exam: 8:00 - 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM (depending on the length of the exam)
  • Second Exam: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM or 12:30 PM (depending on the length of the exam)

Final Exams will be administered according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, April 10: Math & Social Studies
  • Tuesday, April 11: English & CAD
  • Wednesday, April 12: Science & Theology
  • Thursday, April 13: Language & Make Up Exams

Exemptions from Finals

Seniors may earn an exemption from a Final Exam only if the following two requirements are met: 90% or above for S1 and 90% or above for Q3: BOTH must apply. Students will work with their subject teacher and academic advisor to determine if they are exemption from an exam. Note: Only seniors have the privilege of earning an exemption from Final Exams.)

Attendance Expectations: Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled midterm exam. However, seniors taking AP classes are required to be present for their AP classes once they finish their exams for that day. Obviously, if students are exempt from a Final, or have no exams scheduled for that morning, they are also expected to attend their AP classes. Of course, if one of their exams is scheduled when their AP class meets, the students will not be expected to be present for their AP class. However, they should plan to check-in with their AP teacher for an update of work they may have missed.

Note: AP students are expected to be in attendance for all their regularly scheduled AP classes up until the day they sit their AP exam. Students completing Senior Service will need to coordinate with their service sites to allow them to return to school to attend classes.

School Cancellations

In the event that school is cancelled on a day during Exam week, the exam(s) scheduled for that day would take place on the following day. For example, if school were cancelled on Monday, April 10, the exam scheduled for that day (Math and Social Studies) would take place on Tuesday, April 11. Tuesday’s exam(s) would then be moved to Wednesday, etc.

Afterschool Activities

There will be no detention, club or activity meetings, ASP or HoSS for seniors during exam week. However, teachers will continue to be available during office hours: 2:35 – 3:30PM. Some athletic teams may schedule practices during the exam week – see Athletic Director for more details. However, athletic practices will not begin earlier than 2:30 PM.  

Teacher-Led Review Sessions

There are no formal Teacher-Led Review Sessions scheduled for exam week. As always, our teachers will be available for extra help/review from 2:35 – 3:30 PM in the weeks leading up to and during exams.

Extended Time Policies and Procedures

Please contact the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and/or the International Student Coordinator with any questions. Extended time exams will take place in the AEC Study.

Timed Writing

In the week leading up to Finals, Theology, English, Social Studies, and some Science and Language courses may choose to administer their timed writing prompts, and/or listening and oral portions of their exams. A test calendar has been established to ensure that students are not taking more than one of these assessments per day.  

Expectations for Students

Find below the SJP expectations for seniors taking Final Exams.

  • Students need to be present only for times they have a scheduled midterm exam. Note separate expectations for AP students outlined above.
  • Students are expected to be in school uniform during exam week.
  • On exam days, Café Phoenix will be open as usual at 7:00 AM. Seniors will be dismissed from the Café Phoenix at 7:40 AM to enter the Academic Building.  
  • Students who need a place to prepare for their next exam are encouraged to take advantage of the quiet, supervised study environment of the Learning Commons. 
  • Students waiting for a ride at the end of the day can wait in the Learning Commons or Café Phoenix
  • All students will report directly to their designated exam locations. Students with extended time should report directly to the extended time test area – see the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center for more details 
  • Students are expected to be in their testing areas at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. The first exam begins promptly at 8:00 AM and the second exam begins promptly at 10:30 AM.  
  • Any student who arrives more than 20 minutes late for a Midterm Exam will be redirected to the Learning Commons and required to meet with her/his subject teacher after the exam period to schedule a make-up exam. All Midterm Exams must be completed by the afternoon of Thursday, April 13.
  • If a student finishes early, he/she must remain in the exam room until the end of the exam period. Teachers/Proctors will encourage any student who finishes early to use the extra time to review for his/her next exam.
  • Unless specifically permitted by the subject teacher, students should not have access to any books, translators, iPads, notebooks, calculators etc., during the exam period.  All electronic devices should be turned off and placed in bags/backpacks.
  • All bags, materials, and books should be left in a designated area of the testing location.  
  • As always, students are not permitted to have any food or drink in the academic building; the only exception is water in a clear container.
  • Only a serious illness (confirmed by a physician’s note) or a family emergency should prevent a student from taking exams as scheduled. 
  • Students are not permitted to pre-schedule exams.
  • All make-up exams must be completed by the afternoon of Thursday, April 13, at a time convenient to both student and teacher. If necessary, these make-up exams may be scheduled after 12:30 PM from Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12. In extenuating circumstances, with a note from physician, make up exams can be administered the week after exams.
Posted by Damian Shiner on Monday April 3
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