What type of facilities are available at the new PFPS?
The new facility includes a chapel, academic classrooms, support areas, kitchen and cafeteria, faculty areas, staff office spaces, media/resource rooms, specialized classrooms for science, the arts, and engineering, an auditorium, gymnasium, and locker areas. The new campus also includes athletic facilities including a multipurpose field (football, soccer, etc.) with press box and seating, a baseball and a softball field, tennis courts and a practice field.
Who designed the new PFPS?
CBT Architects of Boston is the architectural firm engaged in the design of PFPS.
What will the tuition be for the 2018/2019 academic year?
While the actual cost to educate each student is around $12,000, the cost of tuition is $9,900. The Diocese of Springfield provides $750,000 in annual support to the school, so each child is essentially receiving a scholarship to attend Pope Francis. Additionally, since financial aid is based on tuition, packaging the majority of associated fees into the tuition makes families eligible for higher financial aid than at the two legacy schools. Students may also receive a number of discounts to attend Pope Francis Preparatory School: a parish subsidy for families in good standing with their church, a discount for pre-paid tuition, and a discount for siblings who attend the school
Is there tuition assistance available for PFPS?
Yes, tuition assistance for families demonstrating financial need will continue to be available through a number of programs offered through the Diocese, endowed scholarships and other sources. You can visit www.popefrancisprep.org and go to the Tuition and Financial Assistance page under Admissions for more information.
How will the new name affect my child’s college search?
Recognizing that the college application and admissions process looks to the School Profile for important information regarding curriculum, standards accreditation, overall achievement scores, etc., a new School Profile is being developed to assure colleges that even though PFPS is a new name, the School Profile is based on the academic excellence and history of our legacy schools. Our college guidance counselors will be well-trained in providing the appropriate information to colleges and support services to our students.
I graduated from one of the legacy schools…what happens now?
PFPS is committed to preserving and building upon the legacy and traditions of two great schools. Both are rich in academic and athletic tradition, alumni success, important impact on the Church and community, and so much more. Planning is occurring to honor the stories of both schools through the development of “Heritage Hall “in the new PFPS. We will also work to tell the story of our legacy schools to new students and for generations to come. We will also maintain legacy school information within the PFPS
website. We are also committed to continuing Alumni events that will honor both legacy schools individually and together.
For further questions please contact us using the form on our website or call us (413) 331-2480.