St. John Berchmans, Patron of Altar Boys was born in 1599 in Diest, Brabant, in Flanders. As a youth, he declared, "If I do not become a Saint when I am young, I shall never become one." In 1616 he became a Jesuit novice. As a Jesuit, he practiced perfection in little things; he said, "My penance is to live the common life," and he let himself be ruled "like a baby a day old," as he himself wrote. He served Mass with such total devotion that he sometimes distracted the celebrant. He walked to Rome to study at the Roman College; at the college his talent, enthusiasm and application to study had rarely been equaled and never surpassed. His biographer says that there was always a smile playing about his mouth. In 1621 St. John Berchmans fell ill from prolonged study, from the strain of preparation for a public disputation, and from the summer heat. After four days he was asked if he had anything on his conscience; he answered, "Nothing at all." Two days later he died peacefully. Numerous miracles followed his death.
St. John Berchmans School was established in 1949 on Harriman Street. The Belgian community helped to open the school along with the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school relocated to its present location in 1965 and closed down in 1968. The parishioners decided that they wanted a school in the parish and they combined their resources to reopen the school in 1983. The school has stayed open since 1983 and has added classrooms to help accommodate the school population.
St. John Berchmans Catholic School enables the students to reach full awareness of their God given talents by building self confidence, moral, civic and spiritual values in a safe, secure, positive learning environment.
St. John Berchmans School believes in a holistic education that enables all students to discover themselves, their strengths, and weakness. Through methods of role modeling, teachers strive to build student's self-esteem, self-determination, self-discipline, and responsibility in an atmosphere of optimism and love.