Pope John Paul II High School

Pope John Paul II High School is a school like no other: we balance a TRADITIONAL RENAISSANCE education with an INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE curriculum. Inspired by our understanding that God made each of our students with unique gifts that can change the world, our school exists to serve our students and their families by helping young adults find their God-given talents and discover their greater purposes in life. We experience God in the most powerful ways through our daily activities as a community of FAITH, LEARNING, and SERVICE.

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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$145
Summer Program Cost NotesVaries on programs
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students585 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Pope 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 Courses28 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, College Algebra (Dual Enrollment), Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature, European History, French, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics C, Probability and Statistics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art - 2D & 3D, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants and polo or oxford shirt for boys and plaid skirt and polo or oxford shirt for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,925
Tuition NotesJPII is currently accepting applications for the class of 2025 and transfer students for the 2021-22 school year. Due to the high volume of interest, JPII is operating on a rolling admissions model. Applicants must submit the previous school year grades and administrator recommendation in order to sit for an interview and admissions exam. Upon completion of these steps, the admissions committee will review and offer acceptance within a two week period. Apply now at https://www.jp2hs.org/admissions/apply-now
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Charles Wade
Admissions AssociatePat Kennedy


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsArchery, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingArcheryBaseball,
Cross CountryDance,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Knights TV, Model United Nations, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad, Youth in Government

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Bass Fishing Team, Mens Volleyball

School Notes

  • Founded in 2002, accredited by AdvancEd and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. JPII has 585 students in 2020 (55% Catholic, 45% non-Catholic, 56% Caucasian, 8% African-American, 5% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 2% International, 1% Native American, and 24% 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 23 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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
Pope John Paul II High School is a special place. Teachers, administrators, board members, past and current parents, and alumni truly care for the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health of each individual student. I write this an a non-Catholic, nondenominational Christian alumni. The administration is very forward thinking and works closely with alumni, teachers, the diocese, third parties, students, and the board to ensure JP2 is a nurturing, safe space for everyone. When concerns are voiced, they listen intently and make adjustments--not to "save face" but to intentionally and consistently improve the school and its environment. STEM, the arts, athletics, theology, philanthropic work, and academia in general are strong at JP2. The school focuses on the "whole person/student." Pope John Paul II High School is simply a beacon among schools in Middle Tennessee.
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Having a recent graduate from JP2, I am amazed at the support they offer their students even after graduation. Our daughter has received encouraging notes from teachers, coaches and counselors. The support JP2 gives their students is far beyond what we could ever expect. We knew we had selected the right school while she attended there but we had no idea the support she was going to receive beyond graduation. So thankful for this amazing community. Once a Knight, ALWAYS a Knight!
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JP2 continues to support your student even after graduation. Our daughter graduated in May and received encouraging notes from her teachers, coaches, and counselors. The confidence they instill in their students transitions them to college seamlessly. The rigorous academics prepares them for college classes. We are so thankful we chose JP2 not just for high school but for the community we are all now a part of. Once a Knight ALWAYS a Knight!
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It's hard to not give JP2 a 5 star review. After looking at a lot of schools, we decided on JP2 due to what they called a Renaissance approach to education, which seemed like a perfect fit for our son. To be honest, he didn't fully engage at the school, instead focused on a sport not offered by many schools in the area (he was an athlete with the local rowing club) and focused on Scouting. JP2 made sure that his accomplishments outside of school sponsored events were recognized each year. They do this for all of their students. From an academic standpoint, he took some of the hardest classes the school had to offer and like others have said, carried a heavy load, particularly the last two years of school. But, for him, there was a payoff. He had 100% college acceptance, a high ACT and lots of scholarships and now, he finds as a new freshman that college is a breeze. I don't recommend taking so many hard classes. In fact, I think their normal classes are challenging enough and prepare students for college. But, it's really the people, the teachers and families, that made JP2 great for us. Our son loved his teachers. The teachers all knew the kids. The coaches knew them. Father Forsythe knew them. The administrative staff is top notch as well. The school runs smoothly. I am critical by nature and can always offer feedback and did a couple of times. But, at the end of the day, this is one of the most well run organizations I have ever been a part of. And, there is not better headmaster at any school in the Middle Tennessee area. He is young enough to be innovative and open and old enough to be old school and no-nonsense when it really matters and say some hard things to the kids when needed. My son recently said he had a great high school experience and he did. Go Knights!
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JP2 has been wonderful, so far. Its approach to learning is fantastic. A far cry from the traditional stand in front and lecture. They are learning truly experiencing the subjects. The culture has been one where all are welcome. The administration, teachers, and coaches are competent in their areas and incredibly supportive to the students and the parents. Best decision we made for our child.
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Our daughter just finished her Senior year at JP2. Even with the pandemic, we had an amazing experience. The involvement and level of interaction with the students even online during our "Zoom" school was more than we could have ever anticipated. The athletic programs, academic rigor, fine arts, and spiritual foundation in the school provides exceeded any expectation we had going in. The leadership, support staff, counselors, and teachers all took a personal interest and made an investment in not only our daughter but our family. They motivate, encourage, and lead students to take the next step with confidence and faith. They grow them to levels they did not know they were capable of. We are going to miss our JP2 family but thankful for the community they create and the level of involvement we will get to have even as an Alumni Family. We are so grateful for this school! We highly recommend to anyone who is looking for the best of the best!
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We are so grateful to have JPII in our community as a Catholic option for our children. The academics, faith-building community and strong administration have allowed for our freshman and junior to excel in character and confidence. When we searched high school options, there truly was no decision to make as it was the obvious choice for so many reasons. The academic rigor, caring teachers/staff, Christian values, community service, amazing athletics and coaches, school spirit and so many more attributes have exceeded our expectations! Every person on the campus cares and it shows numerous ways daily with the inclusion of lots of opportunities for parental involvement. Even from a facilities standpoint, the campus is pristine with the student experience always top-of-mind. We have every confidence that our children will be more than prepared for future pathways chosen thanks to the foundation received at JPII. Our middle-schooler is already looking forward to being a future student. Forever proud to be a JPII family!
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My son graduated from JP2 in 2010. He received a scholarship at William and Mary; Received a Master's Degree with Honors from Florida State and is a recent graduate of Cambridge University, with a Master's degree, again with Honors. He was able to accomplish all of this because of the education, guidance and leadership of excellent teachers, quality college prep classes and how to study, be challenged and be prepared for college thru JP2. We firmly believe that if he had not attended JP2, he would not have been as prepared for college both academically and socially. The school offers a great variety of sports, curriculums, arts, music, social activities and Christian values. We are thoroughly pleased with our experience with JP2.
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The community at JPII is like an extended family. When we moved to TN almost 2 years ago, it was so important for us to find the best high school for our son. JPII has been exactly that! The academic rigor, caring teachers/staff, Christian values, community service, amazing athletics and coaches, school spirit and so much more have been top notch! We are so very proud to be a part of the KNIGHT family and I would give JPII more than a 5 star rating if I could!! I have no doubt my children will be prepared for the next chapter of their life in college and beyond thanks to JPII!
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JPII is an excellent school. We sent both of our children to high school here and we were always happy with that decision. They were challenged both in the classroom and in their respective athletic programs. The teachers and coaches, along with the administration, are exceptional at what they do. Their focus is on making the students not only college ready, but focused on faith as well. My children were well rounded students and very well prepared for college, having taken foreign language courses and fine art classes alongside the required classes. The college counseling office was a huge help in guiding my children when looking into colleges and in obtaining college scholarship money.
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