Why We're Here
Catholic education has a rich tradition in Middletown. For over 100 years, parish Catholic Schools provided education to students Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.
To ensure the preservation of Catholic elementary education well into the future, St. Mary Parish and St. John Parish pastors, boards of education, and the Diocese School Office recommended a plan to Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, to join the two schools into one regional Catholic elementary school for the Middletown region. The plan to extend Catholic education is predicated on the support, not just of the parishes whose schools are joining, but of all the parishes of the Middletown Deanery.
The plan was approved, and St. John Paul II School became the first regional school in the diocese and is the Catholic elementary school (PK-8) of the greater Middletown area. Housed on the former St. Mary School campus, St. John Paul II School opens its doors to students in the fall of 2013.
The mission of the school is to engage each student in these dual priorities: a challenging academic program that will promote life long learning and a Catholic, Gospel-based faith formation. We achieve this through a structured, family-centered, safe environment that values diversity and enriches the life experience of its students.
Building a vibrant Catholic identity is central to our vision. Our patron, St. John Paul II, provides these words to guide us:
Catholic school is a place where students live a shared experience of faith in God and where they learn the riches of Catholic culture...Catholic schools must help students to deepen their relationship with God and to discover that all things human have their deepest meaning in the person and teaching of Jesus Christ.
As the Catholic elementary-middle school in Middletown, St. John Paul II Regional School now draws from the rich heritage of St. Mary School, St. John School, and St. Sebastian School and moves forward with new vitality and vision for the future of our young people. We will work closely with Mercy and Xavier High Schools, to ensure our students are rigorously prepared for high school and afforded the opportunity for a complete Catholic education PreK-12th grade. Our goal is to instill the habits of heart and mind that will last a lifetime.