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Padre Pio Academy is a cooperative-style supplement for the homeschooling families of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, VA.  Under the patronage of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, our program is designed to help those families who might benefit from such assistance.

Meeting three days a week, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the academic year, we provide a basic framework to keep homeschooling students on track in a low pressure classroom setting. 


The elementary school classes meet from 9:20—2:15, offering Language Arts and Math each day with the third session rotating once a week between History, Science, and Religion.  Students may arrive after morning Mass, usually about 9:10 am.  The day will begin with a brief assembly of all students for opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

High School students may sign up for individual classes offered each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and scheduled throughout the day from 9:15 — 3:10.

Our day will begin with 8:30 Mass (optional) and students may arrive at the Academy after Mass.  Please make sure that your child takes care of all bathroom needs prior  to arrival. Students are not permitted to “hang out” with friends on the stairwell or church porch after Mass.  They must go immediately to their classes.

We do not promise certified teachers, yet many of our teachers do have advanced degrees.  We do promise that subjects will be taught by a loving and caring faculty who have a talent for teaching and student teachers  from Christendom College under the direction of Dr. Eleanor Kelly.


 All  subjects are taught from a Catholic Perspective.

Our Philosophy

In accord with the mission statement of the St. John’s Religious Education Department, we strive to instill in each child an abiding love of God and neighbor, using our Blessed Mother Mary as our model and guide.  We strive to impart to each child the doctrines of our faith in its fullness, as both knowledge to be learned and a life to be lived.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

With grateful appreciation for the support from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, classes are held in Padre Pio Hall at 131 West Main Street and in Father Ruehl Hall, the basement of the church. Please refer to the handbook for the specific locations for each grade.

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