Pope John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Middle School merge -New school starts with 491 students

Implementation of the new structure will commence immediately
Pope John Paul II High School (above) and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School (below) are now one combined school.

Two Catholic school merge

Combined school to still have less than 500 students

Pope John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School are being combined into one school for grades 5-12, and it's already been done and will continue through the coming school year.

The Diocese of Fall River stated that high school principal Christopher Keavy is the new "head of school' person, and that St. Francis’ headmaster Robert Beburro would head the lower school and report to Keavy. However, the Barnstable Patriot is reporting that Headmaster Beburro of St. Francis Xavier resigned on Friday despite diocesan assertions that he would be part of the merged school.

Implementation of the new structure will commence immediately according to a press release from the Diocese of Fall River whose territory includes Cape Cod.

New combined school has less than 500 students

The new school will have 491 students, which is still far fewer than other Massachusetts regional grade 5-12 schools.

There are two additional Catholic schools on the Cape, St. Pius X School in  Yarmouth which offers pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 and St. Margaret, also kindergarten through Grade 8 school in Bourne. The Fall River diocese closed Holy Trinity Regional School in Harwich earlier this year.

St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School first opened its doors in September 1996, the vision of founding pastor Reverend Edward J. Byington.

Pope John Paul II High School opened in September 2007.

See the school's press release here.

See all recent education stories here.


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