Pope John Paul II High School

  • Pope John Paul II High School believes that God created each student with a purpose and endowed them with gifts to transform the world.
  • Our mission is to help educate, mentor, and support our students to seek excellence in all that they do through an advanced college preparatory curriculum, a creative, innovative internship and elective offering, first class arts program, a broad choice of highly competive athletic teams, and a culture dedicated to happy, healthy, and most importanlty holy students.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAll
Year Founded2002
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesVaries on programs
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students580 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradePope John Paul II High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Drawing and Painting, English Language, English Literature, European History, French, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C, Probability and Statistics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art - 2D & 3D, United States Government and Politics, United States History,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants and oxford shirt for boys and plaid skirt and oxford shirt for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 16
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,975
Tuition NotesEarly action applications are due November 16, 2018. We find that we get more applicants than we can accept at this point so early application is highly recommended. We can only hold a few spots for potential candidates who are moving to Tennessee later in the year.Tuition cost is the Catholic rate with the parish subsidy. See website for non-Catholic rate and non-subsidized rate
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Charles Wade
Admissions AssociateMary Leonard


Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Knights TV, Model United Nations, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad, Youth in Government

School Notes

  • Founded in 2002, accredited by AdvancEd and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. JPII has 573 students in 2018 (60% Catholic, 40% non-Catholic, 76% Caucasian, 6% African-American, 6% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 9% other). There is a strong regional outreach: Students come to JPII from 111 different feeder schools and live in 56 different zip codes and two states. We are a Catholic school dedicated to spreading the Good News, grounded in the teachings of the magisteriusm, and welcoming to others who are interested in a Catholic education. Faith guides not just how we pray and gather for mass on a weekly basis, but guides our student life, brings compassion to our disciplinary policies, and articulates how we communicate and interact with one another.
  • Pope John Paul II High School has one of the most broad and innovative curriculums in Catholic education. JPII features a classical, liberal arts curriculum, requiring 4 credits of Math, English, Theology, 3 credits of Science, Social Studies and Innov8 Courses, 2 credits of Foreign Language and Fine Arts (in chorus, drama, visual art, or band) and 1 credit of PE and Christian Service Internship. Students earn 33 credits for graduation, allowing them to take multiple advanced classes in the disciplines of their choice. Students attend a weekly school-wide Mass. As a result of their Christian Service requirement, they donate over 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the middle-Tennessee community every year. JPII offers a tutorial program available during the one-hour lunch break for students seeking extra help in each core subject. In addition, faculty may hold office hours before and after school by appointment. What sets us apart from other schools is our Innov8 program that creates internships and courses around student interests. Students may create a twelve-week internship in a field of their choice, such as medicine, the law, engineering, entrepreneurial or business pursuits, research, or other fields. They work with a professional in their field to better understand and engage in the daily experience of the profession. We find this is a transformative experience for many students that help them not only consider their college major but their vocation.All JPII students are accepted to college and the large majority chooses a four-year college. Recent graduates were accepted to over 177 different colleges and universities in 36 different states, DC, and two foreign countries including the Ivy Leagues and service academies. All total they were offered more than $15 million dollars in scholarships. The top quartile of the class of 2016 scored an average of 31 on the ACT, with the top decile at 33. In 2016, JPII students took 567 AP exams in 21 different subject areas and received 103 AP Scholar Awards, including 8 "National AP Scholar" awards. Over the last five years (2012-2016), JPII students have received 477 "AP Scholar" awards as designated by the College Board for their test performances, including 38 "National AP Scholar" designations. All JPII students are encouraged to participate in the AP program. Four out of five students will take at least one AP exam during their high school career.
  • From the opening of Pope John Paul II High School we have been strong committed to the arts. Unique to most schools, we require a two-year complete of arts classes. The choral program continues to excel. Choirs at JPII have consistently earned "Superior" ratings in District and State adjudications. Over the last four years, over 40 students have auditioned for, and have been placed in, the Freshman and Mid-State Honors Choirs. Of those students, approximately 10% have been selected to move on to the prestigious Tennessee All State Choir. We put on two major productions a year in the theater program with several other smaller productions. Our theater students have received honors from various thespian societies and master the technical disciplines of the theater as well as the pursuit of advanced acting.
  • JPII is high competitive in academics. We compete and win in robotics, Science Olympiad, forensics, youth in government, mock trial, mathematics, and Model United Nations. JPII`s Model UN team has won 606 awards in 56 conferences since 2002, and has been nationally ranked among the top high school teams in North America three times by BestDelegate.com.
  • JPII offers a full athletic program, featuring 27 varsity teams, which compete at the highest level of competition in Tennessee, Division II-AA. We offer more athletic options than most schools and work with highly competitive athletes in archery, figure skating, hockey, and tennis who have to work with development programs and coaches. We offer baseball, basketball, Bass fishing (with our own boat), bowling, competition cheer, cross country dance, crew/rowing, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, softball, track and field, and wrestling. Since 2002, JPII has been state champion in hockey (`07, `08), women`s soccer (`05), men`s bowling (`08), men`s lacrosse (`09, `11), and dance (`16). Seven students have been named "Mr. or Miss Tennessee", "All-American", or the equivalent in their sport: Megan Forester (soccer, 2005), Golden Tate (football, 2006 and 2007), Paige Baechle (basketball, 2010), Mary Leonard (lacrosse, 2011), Chelsea Gettelfinger (cheerleading, 2012), Grace Lascara (lacrosse, 2016), and Ben Brooks (baseball, 2017). About 65% of the student body play at least one sport. On average, over ten percent of the graduating class goes on to play a sport at the collegiate level.
  • Pope John Paul II has been a leader in supporting students with learning disabilities or development delays to be part of a Catholic high school and in most cases to complete a college preparatory curriculum. We sponsor the Hand in Hand Options Program, which serves students with intellectual disabilities with a full time, certified teacher. To learn more about the program go here. In 2016, JPII developed the Knights Success Program to support students with diagnosed learning disabilities who have average to above average intelligence. The Knights Success Program strives to support students with learning disabilities as they progress through JPII`s college preparatory curriculum. We have hosted the first national meeting of Catholic schools commitment to full inclusion for students with development delays in options programs. Many of our Hand In Hand graduates go on to programs like Next Steps at Vanderbilt or IDEAL at Lipscomb.JPII is blessed to have beautiful facilities to support its academic, athletic, and fine arts programs. We have a 70-acre campus and are working on a new master site plan for our expansion.

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