Austin Preparatory School

Austin Preparatory School

Reading, MA

Founded in 1961


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Mission: To inspire hearts to unite, minds to inquire, and hands to serve.

Our History: Austin Preparatory School was founded by the Augustinian Friars of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova in 1961 and opened to students in September 1963. Austin is, in fact, an abbreviated version of Augustine, so our name does carry on the legacy and acknowledges our debt to St. Augustine and his followers, the Augustinians. St. Augustine is the School’s patron saint, and we strive toward the Augustinian ideal of: “One mind, one heart, intent on God.”

Promise: Our students are our promise. We are acutely aware that peace and justice will not be attained through academic approaches alone. Our strategic plan is to engage students in meaningful learning experiences that propel our values into action. Students have spearheaded efforts to be of charity to those in need because of the marginalization they suffer because of systemic racism and implicit bias. Such programs include annual Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter drives to be of service to families in Lawrence. Other projects have included traveling to Ecuador, New Zealand and Peru.

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