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1910 ESTABLISHMENT OF STE JEANNE D’ARC SCHOOL

A school is established in Pawtucketville to serve the needs of the Franco-Americans in this area of the city.  Two sisters, in residence at St. Joseph’s Convent, staff the newly built two-classroom school on Fourth Avenue.

1921 PURCHASE OF MOODY STREET SCHOOL

Parish buys old public school from the city to accommodate increasing enrollment.

1922 ESTABLISHMENT OF STE JEANNE D’ARC PARISH

Cardinal O’Connell creates a French-speaking parish under the patronage of Ste Jeanne d’Arc.  The new church is housed in the school building on Fourth Avenue which serves as school, hall and church until a permanent church is built.

1936 ARRIVAL OF MARIST BROTHERS TO TEACH AT THE SCHOOL

Marist Brothers teach the older boys from 1936-1946.

1952 CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOL ON DRACUT STREET

Bishop Louis Collignon, OMI, of Haiti, presides at the dedication of the new elementary school on September 28.

1960 CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CONVENT FOR THE SISTERS

The sisters move into a new convent built on the site of the old Moody Street School.

1989 RENOVATION OF CONVENT BUILDING

Convent building is renovated to house kindergarten classes, Development Office space, parish Religious Education Office, and Extended Day Program center. The sisters are relocated to the upper floor of the convent where new living quarters are created for them.

2004 SUPPRESSION OF STE JEANNE D’ARC PARISH BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

Archbishop Seán O’Malley closes Ste Jeanne d’Arc Parish.  Ste Jeanne d'Arc School begins its association with St. Rita Parish.

2010 SJA BECOMES AN INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC SCHOOL

On November 16, 2010 Cardinal Seán O’Malley approves the new independent governance structure for the school.  A Board of Trustees is named and the school is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a separate entity.  The school retains its spiritual and social relationship with St. Rita Parish. 

2010 EARNS BLUE RIBBON RECOGNITION

On November 10, 2010, Ste Jeanne d'Arc School receives from the U.S. Department of Education, the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award for superior academic achievement. The Blue Ribbon award honors public and private schools that are academically superior.  Each year, the Department of Education seeks out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals.  In order to be considered for Blue Ribbon status, a school must be in the top 10% in nationally-normed tests and show evidence of an academically rigorous program.

2013 HONORED AS A NATIONAL BETA SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

Ste Jeanne d’Arc School was named a 2013 National Beta School of Distinction by the National Beta Club. This award is given in recognition of the school’s commitment to academic rigor and dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness. The National Beta Club is committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, improving student leadership skills and encouraging service to others. The students at Ste Jeanne d’Arc School certainly exemplify and embody these qualities. This recognition comes on the heels of being named a “Bright Spots” School by the Catholic Schools Foundation and the Archdiocese of Boston.