Cathedral High headmaster Tom Arria shows the area of the school that will house the new junior high program during a tour for media Feb. 4. While the seventh and eighth graders will share the most of the high school’s facilities, they will have their own, separate area of the school, Arria said. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
SOUTH END -- By expanding its facilities to add a junior high program, officials at Boston’s Cathedral High School say they will be able to reach students earlier and better prepare them for college.
Cathedral High, which is located in the South End section of Boston and serves mostly students from Boston’s urban neighborhoods, announced at a press conference Feb. 4 that it will expand its facilities to include Grades 7 and 8 in the coming academic year.
Speaking at the press conference, Cathedral High’s headmaster Tom Arria said that implementing a junior high program will ensure that students are better prepared for high school and allow the existing high school program to be made more challenging.
“Our program of studies is going to set them on a course to take honors and AP classes before they graduate high school, and increases their chances of getting into top-tier colleges and the colleges of their choice,” Arria said. “We see getting involved in the trajectory of the education of these young people at an earlier age to give them a leg up on meeting the challenges of high school.”
“It is our sincere hope that the families throughout greater Boston will consider the opportunities this new junior high school will afford,” Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said.