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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences


Nature and Purpose

The Paraclete Academy is an after-school educational enrichment program for urban youth. We began in 1997 and have served over 1,000 students from 800 households—almost a third of South Boston’s families.

We focus on the critical learning years from 4th grade through 8th grade, providing accelerated reading programs, programs in math and science, and many other hands on project-based learning activities throughout the year. We prepare our students for the best schools in Boston while ensuring that they and their families are able to navigate the complexities of the Boston educational system. We assist them with admittance to the middle schools and high schools of their choice.

Our students represent a diverse ethnic, racial and economic group. This year we have students from 9 different countries representing seven different languages. We promote an education of excellence that cultivates both mind and spirit. We do this because we believe that education is the foundation not only for individual success, but also for a peaceful and just society.


PULSE students tutor and mentor students at Paraclete while working alongside Americorps teachers as a classroom aide. They rovide in-classroom support for reading and math and assist with enrichment programs, art, robotics, etc. PULSE students also support dinner preparation and service.