The Paraclete Academy

About The Paraclete Academy

The Paraclete Vision

The Paraclete Afterschool Program fosters the intellectual, moral, social, and creative growth of its students and nurtures the full potential of their whole character. We do this in a number of ways: we balance high expectations with an unfailingly positive culture; we practice project and game-based learning in classes that actively engage students and emphasize hands-on activities; we keep classes small to provide a large amount of individual attention to student needs; and we design our curriculum to align with that of the Boston Public Schools in order to reinforce the material that students learn during their school days and to enrich what cannot be explored daily in school.

The program’s faculty, staff, and volunteers work closely with students’ families to build a supportive and caring community. We develop personal and institutional support that will ensure the continuing success of Paraclete students in high school and beyond.

Everyone involved in The Paraclete Afterschool Program contributes time, energy, and talent to our community. Parents and community members volunteer their time and expertise to help provide the myriad of services that we need to continue to function.

Paraclete Academy students are expected to uphold high standards of academic achievement, conduct, and respect for others. Much is expected of our students and, in return, much can be gained from our program.

The Paraclete Mission

The Paraclete Afterschool Program is a diverse and accepting out-of-school enrichment program for 4th through 8th grade youth in South Boston. Our mission is to develop young women and men into skillful writers, careful readers, and critical thinkers. Our students will be academically prepared for further education, dedicated to serving others, and compassionate learners with a strong sense of self-worth.



June 2019 - August 2019 Boston, MA
“I really liked how much independence I was given as an intern--the AmeriCorps teacher that I worked under was very receptive to my ideas and let me have a lot of control over designing our lesson plans and leading class.”

Summer Teaching Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 South Boston, MA
“I think about the kids that I worked with every single day. This program lets you build such meaningful relationships with your students. You're not only in the classroom but also all around Boston chaperoning field trips. I learned so much about how to be a better teacher, and I got great experience in lesson planning. It's hard to beat the location-- 10-minute walk to a T stop and the beach. Interns are provided with housing, an unlimited T pass, and some food.”
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