St. John Bosco is among the newest Catholic schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.

As part of the Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Leaders campaign in the late 1990’s, St. John Bosco Catholic School was built as one of two new elementary schools in the Diocese of Phoenix. The school opened its doors to the first 251 students in 2001 under the name of St. John Bosco Interparish School. As an interparish school, financial and pastoral support was provided by the founding parishes of Corpus Christi, St. Benedict, St. Andrew the Apostle and Holy Spirit. In 2004, St. John Bosco became a Diocesan school, pastoral support still provided by the four parishes, but completely financially self-sufficient.

Enrollment continued to grow, and in 2008, at the direction of Bishop Olmsted, the school incorporated with the Parish of St. Benedict and its name was officially changed to St. John Bosco Catholic School.

The Southeast Valley communities served by St. John Bosco have experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade and many of those living here have a desire for their children to have a strong Catholic education. With room for expansion built into the original building plans, we ensure future generations of students will be afforded the same level of standards that our students enjoy today.

Today, St. John Bosco Catholic School continues to grow, serving students and their families in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Maricopa and other East valley cities.


We believe that all children, by their God-given nature, can learn. All learners, users and creators of knowledge, are engaged in a dynamic process of discovering who they are in relationship to God, the human family and nature.

  • We believe that our community, which includes students, educators, parents, parish members, and clergy, consists of leaders working together as one in God to inspire all to reach their potential. Furthermore, our community assists in the lifelong development of the whole person, including spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, and social growth and physical well-being.
  • We believe that schools provide professional and caring educators who, as positive role models, teach traditions and build character. They inspire students to learn and support parents as the primary educators of their children.
  • We believe in providing a child-centered and nurturing environment. The school community empowers children to become critical thinkers who can problem-solve through life’s challenges.
  • We believe the ultimate purpose of faith-based education is to serve God and God’s creation.

Guided by Jesus Christ, we are a caring community dedicated to academic excellence, serving others and developing the whole child within the traditions of our Catholic faith.

Student Learning Expectations

School-wide Learning Expectations (SLEs): Statements of what a student should know, understand, value, and be able to do by graduation. These learning outcomes are collaboratively developed and represent the focus of the entire school community.

At St. John Bosco we use the acronym LASER to help draw the students’ attention to the ultimate goals of their time at St. John Bosco. Each student at St. John Bosco recognizes his or her rights and responsibilities as an active participant in our faith community and witnesses and learns to exemplify the LASER skills:


The students will…

  • Apply the skills learned in the curriculum to continuously seek further knowledge
  • Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • Take responsibility and be accountable for academic growth
  • Research and analyze information effectively

The students will…

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Participate in the life of the church
  • Serve others
  • Exhibit a Christian attitude

The students will…

  • Understand how learning occurs
  • Develop and use time management and organizational skills
  • Develop and practice healthy habits of mind, body, and spirit
  • Recognize how their behavior affects themselves and others

The students will…

  • Demonstrate written and oral communication clearly and competently
  • Use active listening skills
  • Use technology responsibly and effectively

The students will…

  • Understand and follow the rules and procedures of the class, school and community
  • Learn and practice the skills of self-disciplined behavior (DWP 1-15)
  • Exhibit positive behavior when working and playing with others

Test Scores

MAP Scores

See how our school stacks up against national Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores.

National Ranking Test Scores

Discipline with Purpose

We believe that children can be taught self-discipline skills as a part of the total school curriculum. To this end, the school implements a program called Discipline With Purpose (DWP), a positive approach to discipline based on the developmental level of the student.

The two goals of discipline, according to the DWP philosophy, are to maintain safety and order within the community, and to identify, teach, and practice the skills necessary to be self-disciplined. With this in mind, discipline is not punishment, but rather an opportunity to teach a skill that is not yet developed.

We expect students to conduct themselves in a manner that is becoming of a Catholic student and exhibit self-disciplined behavior at all times, on or off campus, in conformity with the norms of our school handbook. The principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary situations.

All people, regardless of age, deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. All behaviors and actions, both positive and negative, need to be acknowledged. Positive behaviors and actions deserve acknowledgement and praise. Negative behaviors and actions need to be addressed with a consequence so the behavior is corrected.

St. John Bosco
Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.

St. John Bosco


St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco
Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.
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