Boarding School in Boston

400 single en-suite dorm rooms, on campus

At the end of the school day, students have a lovely walk across our courtyard to study or socialize in one of our brand new dormitories, where everyone has his or her own bedroom and bathroom. Students can gaze out the dorm window at the tree-lined view while they ponder a math or language question. They can video chat in real-time to family or friends back home in our wifi-enabled dorms. Or meet up with new friends to watch a movie in one of the student lounges in each residence.


Space to socialize

If shooting a few hoops or working off some excess energy after class is tempting for students, our new spacious gymnasium has a retractable wall allowing more than one activity at a time. Soccer or other sports can be played on our new athletic fields accessible outside the main building.



Or perhaps relaxing with some friends over coffee is more their style? Our stylish student living room is centrally located in the main building near the cafeteria and school store.


Where is the new campus situated?

A suburb of Boston called Braintree. Braintree was placed #10 on Movoto’s top 10 best places to live in Massachusetts in 2013. It was also the birthplace and residents of two American Presidents. Click here to see a map of Braintree in proximity to Boston.


How large is this campus?

The new CATS Academy Boston location is situated on 19+ tree-lined acres of land.


What amenities does the main school building have?

The main building features 36 classrooms, 4 language labs, 6 wet and 3 dry science labs, 4 music rooms, 2 fitness areas, 2 art studios, a theater room, a yoga/dance studio, a learning commons area, a writing center and a large central student living room. The new spacious gymnasium is also connected directly to the main building.


How new is the campus?

This state-of-the-art campus opened in Summer 2016. Students joining in September 2016 will study at the new campus.


How accessible is downtown Boston from this location?

Very accessible! Downtown Boston is just 10 miles from the campus, and accessible by several means of public transportation.

 The campus is 10 minutes away from the large South Shore Plaza - a major local shopping mall, and 10 miles to local beaches.


Athletics and Fine Arts

Students are required to participate in afterschool activities. The requirement is that they will participate in a minimum of one athletic activity per year and may then decide between Athletic, Fine Arts or Academic afterschool programing.

Visiting artists, collaborations and field trips will support this program. Students take advantage of the rich musical life
in the Boston area by visits to and associations with area Music Industry programs including Northeastern University and Berklee college of Music. Students collaborate on-line with other schools here in the US and abroad and have the opportunity to work with visiting guest artists.

These expectations are based on a three season schedule:

  • 9th grade: required to participate year-round
  • 10th grade: required to participate year-round
  • 11th grade: required to participate for two seasons
  • 12th grade: required to participate for two seasons

 


Athletics

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Aerobics
  • Weightlifting
  • Crew
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Health and Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Rock Climbing
  • Martial Arts/Boxing

Fine Arts

  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Dance

Clubs

  • Typically, Clubs meet once a week. Clubs are not compulsory.
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Fashion
  • Math
  • Beatbox
  • GSA/Diversity
  • Video Gaming
  • MUN
  • Technology and Robotics
  • Private Music Lessons
  • Community Service

Academic

  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • CIGB Core Courses
  • College Counseling
  • Yearbook
  • Health

Weekend excursions

We want our students to enjoy their experience in America, and most specifically Boston. Therefore, we offer an extensive social calendar including evening activities at the dormitories as well as excursions on weekends.

These excursions range from cultural activities such as visiting museums and nearby historical towns to fun, social activities such as shopping in downtown Boston and visiting amusement parks to musical or art-inspired activities such as visiting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

  • Six Flags Amusement Park
  • Duck tour
  • Codzilla boat cruise
  • Harbor cruise
  • Target shopping
  • Newburyport visit
  • Checkered Flag kart races
  • Paintball
  • Museum of Science
  • Theater performances (Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol)
  • Newport mansions
  • Shopping mall trips
  • Snow tubing
  • School dances (Prom, Halloween, Valentine’s Day)
  • Boston-area beach day

Weekend/Dorm Programming

Weekend dorm programming is ongoing and changing in order to address the needs of the students. Student leaders and dorm parents regularly discuss dorm programming options and continue to run the successful programs year on year.

  • Movie nights on the big screen
  • Game tournaments including: Billiards, Ping pong, Video games, Board games
  • Cultural programming – celebrating a myriad of cultural events, such as: Mid-fall festival, Lunar New Year, Thanksgiving, Coloring Easter eggs, Carving pumpkins, Carnival, Days of independence, Religious holidays
  • Scavenger hunts to get to know Boston
  • Team games, including floor bingo
  • Halloween trick-or-treating
  • Yankee swap – gift exchange over the holiday season
  • Watching sports events: World Cup matches, Boxing, Super Bowl

Personal support and student services

There is a dedicated team to support the wellbeing of our community and help with specific personal worries or concerns of any kind (such as homesickness, relationships, health, depression, anxiety, etc).

Our Student Services team is a central point of contact within CATS Academy. They help with any questions students have and act as first point of contact for all non-academic issues or concerns for both students, parents and agents.

Campus facilities

At the end of the school day, students walk across the courtyard to study or socialize in their brand new dormitory, where everyone has their own bedroom and bathroom, in the midst of the campus grounds. The dorms are WiFi-enabled and have lounges where students can relax and chat or watch a movie.

Leadership opportunities within the school

Students at CATS Academy Boston have the opportunity to take part in not only leadership programs, but leadership training unlike any other preparatory school in New England. Student leaders at CATS are invited to arrive at school early for an intensive series of leadership training seminars. Over the course of a week student leaders are exposed to general leadership topics such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Self-understanding
  • Defining leadership as a service
  • Group dynamics and influencing change

Additionally, each group of student leaders receives training specific to their leadership role at CATS Academy Boston. Specific training takes place during student training week, but also has a continuing education component specific to role.

Leadership opportunities are closely tied to what it is to be in an American educational institution. By placing value on individual voice, and contribution, students begin to experience how institutions in the US view leadership. In this way students exposed to this educational paradigm have the opportunity to adopt leadership roles throughout the academy. In the classroom or through clubs and sports students fill a typical leadership niche. Students at CATS also have the opportunity to be a part of a formal leadership program by contributing to some of the marque programs:

  • Prefect
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Government