Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School

  • Spiritual and Academic Leadership of Dominican Sisters Exceptional Faculty and Staff Accredited College Prep Curriculum, including AP and Honors courses Flagship Bioethics Program Unique House system State-of-the-Art Classroom and Athletic Facilities Competitive Athletic Program Special Education: The Options Program Tuition Assistance and Transportation Options.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedIEP support accommodations
Year Founded2008
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students647 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradeSaint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1210
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11 / Jan. 22 / rolling
Tuition NotesJohn Paul offers 2 tuition rates. For the 2018-19 school year, tuition is $13660 for students who are Catholic and $17,660 for those not Catholic. Parents should budget for books and uniforms at approx $300 and $200, respectively.
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Mary C. Gildersleeve
Admissions AssociateMs. Tesia McNulty

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCrew,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
FootballLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
WeightliftingWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Astronomy Club, Chess Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, French Club, Latin Club, Life Savers Pro-Life Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, Options Club, Robotics Club, Semper Milites, Servant Leadership Association, Service Club, Spanish Club, World Languages National Honor Society

School Notes

  • Established in 2008, as Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, our name was "upgraded" to 'Saint' when John Paul II was canonized in 2014! JP is a fully accredited college preparatory high school of the Diocese of Arlington, under the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. Rooted in the Dominican traditions of prayer, study, community, and service, Saint John Paul the Great is committed to the education and formation of youth, with special emphasis on the ethical development of students.  The college preparatory curriculum challenges each student at the appropriate level offering three levels of academic study Academic, Advanced, and Honors/AP.   The curriculum also includes a four year Bioethics curriculum which makes John Paul the Great the only high school in the country to do so.  Written specifically for the school, the Bioethics program provides students with the ethical foundation needed to address the serious medical and bio-tech issues of today.  Through this program, students are encouraged to make wise personal decisions and learn how to responsibly promote ethical policies and practices which bring greater respect and dignity to the human person.   John Paul the Great was the first high school in Virginia to institute the House System, which fosters school spirit and provides opportunities for students to participate and lead on a regular basis through various competitions, team-building activities, and service projects.  John Paul the Great also offers a wide range of co-curricular activities and 17 different sports competing at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels through the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.   The school`s exceptional faculty and staff have built a dynamic environment which will enable your child to prepare academically for college while also enjoying a full, happy, high school experience.  The school emphasizes individual student achievement, character formation, spiritual growth, leadership skills, and relationship-building in a fun, safe, supportive setting.

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