Admissions & Registration Information

The Diocese of Fall River announced that Holy Family Holy Name School and St. James St. John School will merge into a new school at the end of this school year, building on the strengths of the two New Bedford elementary schools. 

The consolidated school, yet to be named, will serve an estimated 300 students and will reside on the St. James St. John campus on Orchard Street in New Bedford. A middle school serving the combined schools will be established in the Kennedy Youth Center, located behind the St. James St. John building, and is slated to receive major renovations and upgrades. 

To enroll your child in this exciting new school, please call Cristina Viveiros-Serra at (508) 996-0534 or Deacon Peter Schutzler at (508) 993-3547.

NEW Families: Apply for Admission Here
Please note the current application form still has the SJSJ school name on it, but it is the correct application for the newly merged school.

CURRENT Families:  You should have received information re: re-enrollment for the newly merged school for this upcoming fall.

2022-2023 Tuition & Fees:

  • PreK, Kindergarten and grade 8 — $4800 per year
  • Grades 1 through 7 — $4600
  • Fundraising fee per family — $350

The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education is a source of financial aid where scholarships of up to $2000 per child are awarded based upon financial need.  The parameters for awards have been modified due to the pandemic and current inflation – the ability to receive an award has never been easier!  All scholarships require an application so we encourage all families to apply immediately.

Parish Subsidy: Parents who enroll their child in the school of any Catholic parish may request financial assistance from their home parish. If you request and receive this financial assistance, we will deduct $300 per child from your total tuition.  Please fill out this form for the 2022-2023 school year.

We invite you to check back often on the progress of our renovations as we will post them on all of our social media.  

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