Our Foundations


St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School is a caring community that embodies the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaches the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

An educational ministry of the Diocese of Fall River, the school serves students and families of all faiths across Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts who seek co-educational, middle school and high school Catholic education.

The school prepares students for success through a challenging academic program, Christian service and leadership, and co-curricular opportunities.

St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School guides young people to lead meaningful lives of character and to pursue truth through faith and reason.


We instruct our students to pursue things that are honorable, pure, good, true, and just.


We believe that self-reliance is the key to a student’s self-esteem.

Respect within the school community is a cornerstone of our philosophy. This respect is evidenced in the friendly relationships that develop between teachers and staff, between students and teachers, and among the students themselves.

Learning takes place here in a relaxed yet courteous environment. St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School is a place where students, teachers, staff, parents, and parishioners form a community which works together in charity and sincerity. As part of God’s creation we are expected to serve one another. Doing so, we uphold the dignity of the person and help fulfill the Church’s commitment to building of community.

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St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School first opened its doors in September 1996. As a result of the vision of founding pastor Reverend Edward J. Byington, the school opened with grades five through eight. The first class graduated in June 1997.

In 2002, the school received a ten-year accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and was re-accredited in 2012. In 2013, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School joined with St. John Paul II High School as one school under the direction of the Diocese of Fall River. Daily, the school is set on its course to live out its motto to have our Lord Teach Us holiness, wisdom, truth, humility, mercy, peacefulness, charity, patience, and kindness.

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