Lab schools partner with universities to enhance opportunities for teacher training, educational research and professional development. Saint Columbkille Partnership School has been designated as a laboratory school for the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and is the only pre-K through grade 8 lab school in the city of Boston. Click here for more information about the laboratory school designation
As the primary stakeholders in the education of their children, parents at Saint Columbkille collaborate with teachers to create a supportive and academically enriching environment. Parental involvement is encouraged. Our Community Building Committee helps to create a welcoming culture and organizes year-long activities and events to support the school.

100% of our teaching staff have or are working towards a Master’s degree. With Boston College as our partner, 90% of our teachers have earned their degrees from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and are licensed by the State of Massachusetts.  Additionally, our teachers receive 100 hours of professional development each year.

52% of our students live in the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods of Boston. The remaining students come from other sections of Boston and from thirty other cities and towns, including Waltham, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton, West Roxbury, and Dedham.
The majority of our students are Catholic. The teachings of the Catholic Church and its traditions are a fundamental dimension of education at Saint Columbkille. We believe that religious diversity enriches our students and teachers. Thus, our school is open to students from families with different religious traditions.

Lunch is available each day at a cost of $5. Daily offerings include choice of a hot entrée or sandwich, and a salad bar stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins.


Yes, our students wear uniforms in all grades. All uniforms are available by ordering online at Lands’ End with the exception of the PE shirt for Grades 1-8 and the Early Childhood t-shirt. These may be purchased thorough the main office for $10 each, payable by cash or check.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering extended day, vacation or summer programs. Typically we offer the following:
Extended Day:

Early drop off is available for $5 per day beginning at 7 a.m.

We offer an extensive extended program, which runs daily until 5:30 p.m. at a cost of $25 per day for pre-K – Grade 4 students. For older students, there is a comprehensive co-curricular program that includes 40 clubs and activities for a nominal fee. More information can be found on our Extended Day Program page.

February and April Vacation:

During February and April vacations a full-day enrichment program is offered for pre-K – Grade 4 students.


During the summer, we offer three programs. Pre-K – Grade 4 students may attend a program of recreation and enrichment from the hours of 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For older students, we offer a 6-week STEM camp and a 4-week Art camp from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information about these programs can be found here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently offering athletic programs. Typically we offer the following:
The school offers skiing, snowboarding, rowing, basketball, track, intramural sports, soccer, archery, rock climbing and girl’s field hockey.
Students in the neighborhood typically walk to school; others are driven. Students in Grades K1 through 6 who reside in Boston (more than three miles from the school) are eligible for free public city bus transportation. Public transportation is accessible with buses running along both Market Street and Washington Street.

Financial aid is awarded to families who demonstrate need. Detailed information regarding financial aid is available on the school website. Approximately 45% of our families currently receive some level of financial aid. Click here for more information about tuition and financial aid.


The majority of our graduates typically go on to Catholic high schools in the Boston area, while some enroll in public high schools, and others continue their education at independent schools. Please view our High School Placement page to see where our recent grads are attending school.