A Mission Born from Revolution
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph was originally founded in Lyon, France following the French Revolution. Today, this is our mission:
Fontbonne Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for young women. Fontbonne Academy fosters Gospel values and educational excellence. This inclusive community embraces diversity in many forms. Through the values of respect, responsibility, reconciliation and reverence, Fontbonne Academy promotes growth in spirituality, scholarship, and leadership of young women in the changing world.
Our student comes to us from communities across Greater Boston and throughout the South Shore. She is a graduate of public middle schools, charter schools, independent schools, international schools, and Catholic schools. She is a transfer from other high schools, a transplant from other states, and a visitor from other countries. No matter her background or her heritage, she is remarkable.
Like Academy or College Preparatory or Country Day, Early College is a category of school. Like these other categories, it can mean different things for different schools. What Early College means at Fontbonne is that we are intentionally designing and sustaining a student-centered learning environment that is collegiate in (1) curriculum, (2) pedagogy, (3) culture, and (4) student life experience. Our Early College emphasis will enable us to programmatically maximize your 11th and 12th Grader’s ability to attain transferable college credit while cultivating those distinct characteristics, attributes, and skills she would have otherwise acquired during her freshman or sophomore year in college.
Our curriculum in 9th and 10th Grades focuses on building the foundational skills we have identified as necessary for your daughter’s success in the Early College program.
In addition to Early College courses and experiential learning in 11th and 12th Grades, we also support varied and best-in-class college preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement programming, as well as challenging and mind-opening electives.
Faculty & Staff
The backbone of our students’ intellectual development and success is our faculty and staff. Expert and student-centered, they passionately invest themselves in the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social well-being of your daughter.
Cultivating a vibrant campus life and inclusive student experience is part of what makes our school so very special. Visitors remark how warmly welcomed and genuinely valued they feel.
Every day, we encourage each girl to test her limits and try new things outside our learning spaces. From clubs, to co-curricular activities, to championship athletics teams, the breadth of our students’ experiences are worthy of their brilliant diversity.