My name is Nancy Kavanagh. My daughter, Ida, is a graduate of John Paul II Academy and is now attending Auburn Junior High. She is excelling in every one of her classes and is above levels in some of her course work. In math class, she was the only student who knew how to do mental math -which may not seem like much, but is huge. Her science teacher has already said she should be able to do Regents in eighth grade with no problems. Her Spanish teacher could not even believe that schools still taught Latin and Ida has yet to score below 100 in that class. John Paul II is the best thing that has happened to this community and the students being taught here are getting the best education possible.
AUBURN — An independent academy in Auburn will start school at a new location this year in an effort to keep a former Ukrainian Catholic school community alive.
St. John Paul II Academy opened its doors on John Smith Avenue in 2013, just months after SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic School announced its closing.
At the time, more than a dozen volunteers decided to start a new independent school in the Catholic tradition. And now, they are preparing for their fourth year of school at their third location.
According to principal Jennifer Furnia, the academy moved from John Smith Avenue in Sennett to Pulaski Street in Auburn in 2015; however, "enrollment and affordability" led them to search for a new spot at the end of their year-long lease.
"A board member happened to drive by Corporate Drive and saw a sign (for lease) and it was kind of an answer to our prayers at that point," Furnia said.
The board got the keys Friday to 1110 Corporate Drive in Auburn — a former Social Security building — and began moving in Tuesday. Classes start in one week.
John Paul II Academy will not adopt the Common Core Standards now or in the future. The purpose of a child's education is so much more than earning money, finding a job, and preparing for a career. Job specialization prepares specifically for the labor market. A Classical Liberal Arts Education, however, gives a broader perspective on today's global society, allowing for the adaptability needed in our modern economy. In every occupation a person must not only be able to think creatively and act quickly, but also communicate and work well with others. Analytical thinkers and team players are imperative. A Liberal Arts Education prepares children for careers that may include numerous different jobs in a lifetime.
We need to ask ourselves, are we preparing our children to obtain financially successful jobs or are we raising the bar and preparing them for Heaven, for God's service and calling through their chosen vocation?
“Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.” John Paul II
Where can you go to school where we still say the pledge allegiance, don't have to worry about the challenges of common core, and where God will always be part of our day? St. John Paul II Academy. This is a faith based school where we offer, classical education, free of common core, and years of experienced teachers, all who have masters degrees. The product we offer our students is unique. The faith of our teachers and Board of Directors is great. Classical education aims to cultivate wisdom, and virtue through teaching students about western civilization and focusing on appreciation of goodness, truth, and beauty. Students are held to strict behavioral standards in terms of conduct and politeness. The students are given examples of characters from history , ranging from the Roman nobleman Cincinnatus to St. Augustine of Hippo. Classical education methods are a revamp of what it means to be educated. This academy has suffered some growing pains, but through faith and prayer we will carry on. We are giving all the Glory to God as we enter another school year. We were able this year to sponsor a family for a year's tuition. We don't want money to stand in the way of any child that would love to join us. With that being said, if you would like to sponsor a family so there children can go to St. John Paul Il Academy, please let us know.
God Bless us all, Lynne Scott
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin