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Families are invited to learn about St. Agnes School of Arlington and other schools at the “Central Suburban Catholic School Education Expo” on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted at the Cambridge Matignon School, 1 Matignon Road, Cambridge.

A collective of nine metro Boston area Catholic schools have collaboratively organized an opportunity to peruse programs, meet faculty and staff, and compare educational curriculum for students in faith-based learning. 

Attendance is free, and free parking is available on site. Additional details are available at

The “Central Suburban Catholic School Education Expo” is inspired by the nation’s Catholic schools’ largest jump in enrollment in five decades, currently tallied at 6 percent growth, according to the National Catholic Education Association, which added that. Catholic schools are demonstrating their enduring value through student achievement, a commitment to higher standards, the benefits of the Mass, family support systems, and parish community.

Catholic education valued by parents

In the Archdiocese of Boston, Catholic school families overwhelmingly state that they choose Catholic schools because of their ability to meet the needs of their children, according to a study by the Lynch Foundation.

“A Catholic school was essential for us in the education of our child. We wanted an environment for him that would support and emphasize the Catholic values that he is taught at home,” says Asuncion Etcheverry, parent to a chorister student educated at St. Paul’s Choir School.

These valuable attributes are notably present at each school appearing at the Expo, including St. Agnes School, Arlington; St. Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton; St. Mary of the Assumption School, Brookline; St. Paul’s Choir School, Cambridge; St. Peter School, Cambridge; St. Joseph School, Medford; Jackson Walnut Park School, Newton; St. Theresa of the Child Jesus School, Somerville; and St. Theresa of Avila School, West Roxbury. The institutions offer a variety of programs serving students in early childhood and primary education through grade 8.

Catholic schools currently score as the highest performers on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Superintendent of Partnership Schools Kathleen Porter McGee, adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute, states, “If Catholic schools were a state, they would be the highest-performing in the nation on all four NAEP tests.”

Registration, curriculum, tuition, tuition assistance, scholarship and more information for each school participating in the “Central Suburban Catholic School Education Expo” will be available on site. For more details, visit

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This news announcement was published Saturday, March 18, 2023, based on information provided by Michelle McGrath. YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication.