BOSTON (AP) — A prominent Boston community foundation has given a $100,000 grant to a new Catholic academy that’s become the city’s largest elementary school.

The Campaign for Catholic Schools has announced it received the grant from The Boston Foundation.

The grant aims to increase the reading, writing and math skills of students at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy by giving teachers the needed training and tools to improve instruction.

The academy includes more than 1,300 students on four campuses in the Dorchester and Mattapan sections of Boston. That makes it the largest public or private elementary school in Boston.

Made up mainly of low-income students, the school is the Boston Archdiocese’s flagship for efforts to reform Catholic education in areas such as school governance, professional development, technology and academics.


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