History

HISTORY OF SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL 

Father James Doherty opened Saint Catherine of Siena School in September 1926, guiding it until his death 12 years later. Seventy first grade students were admitted the first year and a new grade was added each year. In 1935, the School graduated 45 young men and women. Nine decades later, Saint Catherine’s continues to be a beacon in the community, serving the children of Norwood and surrounding towns with a superior academic, faith-filled education. Staffed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Saint Catherine of Siena School now boasts a graduating class that averages 20 annually.

Through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, economic downturns and changes in society, young people have been educated in the Faith at 249 Nahatan Street. They graduate both ready to tackle the academic rigors of high school, and with a moral compass that will guide them throughout their lives. They have learned to see Christ in others, and to be Christ for others.

During challenging times for Catholic education, Saint Catherine of Siena School continues to flourish, adapting to needs within the community and new norms in education. In 2014, we welcomed our first class of three year-olds to a new full day, five day a week preschool program.  We were the first middle school in the Archdiocese of Boston to offer students in grades 6-8 individual iPads for enhanced learning, and all students now use Chromebook technology as part of the curriculum. Our graduates are the recipients of scholarships and acceptances to private and Catholic high schools. Those who choose public high schools are equally successful.  Saint Catherine of Siena School students are accepted into their top-choice high schools and are well-prepared to tackle the academic rigor of AP and Honors classes. Catholic and private high schools offer our students more than $500,000 in merit scholarships each year.