Fast Facts

School Summary/Accreditation

Pope Francis Preparatory School is a private, four-year co-educational, college preparatory high school of the Diocese of Springfield. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Massachusetts Department of Education. Pope Francis High School was established in July of 2016 as the result of the merger of two diocesan high schools, Holyoke Catholic High School and Cathedral High School and changed its name to Pope Francis Preparatory School upon arriving at its current state-of-the-art facility in Springfield, MA in July 2018.  It is a regional high school serving students from thirty-four cities and towns. Students from all ethnic and religious backgrounds are accepted on the basis of standardized testing, grades, and interviews. Pope Francis is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Enrollment

For the 2020-2021 school year, total enrollment is 370 students in grades 9-12: 45% female, 55% male.

Campus

The campus boasts a 122,000 square foot building situated on a 38-acre campus.

Location

Pope Francis Preparatory School is located in the East Forest Park section of the city of Springfield, MA at 99 Wendover Road.  Located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the city of Springfield is the largest city in western New England and the urban, economic, and cultural capital of Massachusetts’ Connecticut River Valley. It is the third-largest city in Massachusetts and fourth-largest in New England after Boston, Worcester, and Providence. Pope Francis Preparatory School joins Springfield College, Western New England University, American International College, and Springfield Technical Community College among other educational institutions in calling Springfield their home. Pope Francis Preparatory School moved to its new campus on Wendover Road in September of 2018.

Student/Teacher Ratio

11:1

Average Class Size

16

School Year

The academic year includes two semesters. Each semester is divided into two quarters.

Curriculum

  • Three instructional levels based on student ability and achievement: College Prep, Honors, and AP.
  • Religion and art classes are heterogeneously grouped. In English, math, social studies, world languages and science, students are placed according to ability and performance.
  • Several Virtual High School courses in a variety of disciplines
  • Advanced Placement:11 Classes, Honors Program: 25 Classes
  • Four years of religion requirement
  • Community Service Program
  • Dual enrollment with Elms College
  • Rotating modified block schedule
  • Mission Programs

Athletics/Activities

Pope Francis Prep is a member of the MIAA.
60% of PFPS students play 2 or more sports
27 competitive teams in 12 different sports
45+ extracurricular clubs/activities available

Financial Aid

33 percent of students receive need-based financial aid