Academia del Perpetuo Socorro

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Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Academia del Perpetuo Socorro
Perpetuo logo.png
704 Marti Street

Coordinates18°27′16″N 66°5′5″W / 18.45444°N 66.08472°W / 18.45444; -66.08472Coordinates: 18°27′16″N 66°5′5″W / 18.45444°N 66.08472°W / 18.45444; -66.08472
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoEsto perpetua
(Be everlasting)
DirectorPadre Juan Santa
PrincipalMs. Sarita Vázquez (PPK-K)

Mrs. Jeannette Sánchez (1-6) Mrs. Enid Pereira (7-12)

Mr. José Manuel Leavitt
Enrollment900 (2018-2019)
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperElipsis, Zeitgeist
AffiliationsCatholic, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico

Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (English: "Academy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help") was founded in 1921 as a Catholic parochial school of the Perpetuo Socorro Parish at the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The school is located in Miramar in Puerto Rico's capital city of San Juan. Students, teachers and alumni commonly refer to their school as Perpetuo.

Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, Santurce, Puerto Rico


The goal of the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro is the complete development of the student - spiritually, mentally, morally, socially, culturally, and physically in order to live a full life and to prepare for his/her final goal - union with God. To this end, the school works to create a Catholic academic community in which faith, knowledge, and recreation are shared in a spirit of freedom, love, and creativity. The school, however, does not emphasize religion over other subjects, accepts students of all faiths and does not impose religious requirements such as baptism, confirmation or church attendance as a condition for continued attendance.


"Esto Perpetua" translated as "This Endures" stressing how the Catholic values and formal academic education learned at this school, symbolized in the school seal by the oil lamp over the open book, (as in burning the midnight oil) are to permeate individuals and society forever.


  • Choir
  • Drama Club
  • United Nations
  • Honor Society
  • Jr. Honor Society
  • Honor Academy
  • Helping Hands
  • Law Club
  • Youth Ministry
  • Pro-life
  • Psychology Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Spanish Forensics
  • Zeitgeist Literary Magazine
  • Elipsis
  • Student Council
  • Girl Up
  • Positive Thinking Club

Sports teams[edit]

Academia del Perpetuo Socorro has the largest gymnasium in the Caribbean. This gymnasium has three wooden volleyball courts that can also be transformed into two basketball courts. The gymnasium also has a small gym where athletes, faculty members, and students can go to do exercise.

Perpetuo has a varsity program in ten sports:

  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Indoor soccer
  • Cross-country
  • Track and field
  • Swimming

In popular media[edit]

The school is featured prominently in Magali García Ramis's novel Felices Días, Tío Sergio. The school was the main film location for the movie Casi Casi and forms the basis for the fictional school featured in the film.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Names 161 Students as 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars". U.S. Department of Education. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-07-08.