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Lifestyle of Learning: Educating the Mind, Body, and Spirit
As a Catholic High School under the Diocese of Raleigh, our community at John Paul II grows from the mission of Jesus Christ—to form men and women of faith, knowledge, and service in church and community through the tradition and values of our Catholic faith. We do not rely singularly on the classroom to prepare our students for college; we create a well-rounded environment to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning in our students, preparing them to serve their families, community, and Christ.
John Paul II Catholic High School provides a lifestyle of learning by cultivating student growth of mind, body, and spirit. We stress preparation for college through the rigor of our coursework coupled with individualized guidance tailored for each student to graduate into their school of choice. Our students have achieved:
- 100% college acceptance.
- 2017 Graduates earned an average of $50,000 per student in scholarships
This overwhelming success does not stem solely from the work of our students in the classroom, but the values they learn in other aspects of student life. Students enjoy an open atmosphere of self-discovery for students to explore their passions in a safe and supportive environment. Each student learns the importance of independence and service in their personal collaboration with faculty and the community within John Paul II’s unique senior internships and research coursework. However, no single leader can walk alone. We also emphasize the power of teamwork: 100% of our students are also engaged in athletics and student organizations!
Classroom teachings are enriched by the personal relationships students make with our faculty, the leadership and partnership skills from engaging the student body in athletics and student life, and the values of service and faith from John Paul II’s spiritual life. Our curriculum provides true preparation for college and beyond as students grow into adults equipped to serve their society and Christ.
The academic program at John Paul II prepares students for the world in which they will thrive and serve with academics and individualized attention to gear each student’s education toward their college aspirations. This begins with one-on-one college counseling starting in the 9th grade and our unique courses to prepare students for scholarly endeavors.
Freshman Intellectual Life
In this freshman course, students prepare for the coursework rigor they will engage with in their studies at JPII. Students receive early instruction in skills that will serve them in all levels of academics, like proper study habits, and skills for scholarly writing and research.
Senior Thesis Seminar
This course serves as a required capstone philosophy course in which students illustrate their exploration of the compatibility and complementary nature of faith and reason across their four years of study in the form of a thesis paper they will research, write, and defend. They will work one-on-one with a faculty thesis advisor in this seminar regarding the challenge and meaning of their texts via discussion using the Socratic Method.
Senior Internship Program
Prior to collegiate internships, seniors at JPII gain professional experience with local businesses by translating their coursework into applied practice in field connection, relevant practiced skill sets, and career exploration in an opportunity that cannot be found in the classroom.
Graduates will be well-equipped to achieve success in the college of their choice with the four years of academic and one year of professional experience from John Paul II. True preparation occurs in applied practice, not just theory. Students utilize the first three years of our four-year program in the traditional classroom subjects of:
- Social Sciences/History
- World Language
- Fine Arts (Sophomore – Senior Year only)
This ensures the student’s senior year is devoted to exploring their interests and preparing for their college experience. Their individual college guidance that began in the 9th grade completes with the Senior Thesis Seminar and Senior Internship Program courses. Honors courses are available as an alternative to some subject courses. Students will participate in a theology course all four years to foster a deeper understanding of diverse world religions, including their histories and beliefs in order to encourage critical thinking and the strengthening of the student’s own faith.
As their senior year draws to a close, the student walks across the stage with not only a diploma, but a multi-faceted education of mind, body, and soul. As they complete the last of their academic coursework, students demonstrate the education of their mind via critical thinking and problem-solving they will use throughout their scholarly career. The investigation of their interests within athletics, student organizations, and specialized subject electives will define the education of the body. An education of spirit through theological studies, religious activities, and spiritual retreats allow students to reflect upon their faith and apply their God-given talents in life beyond graduation.
These three pillars of education from the John Paul II curriculum, and the cultivation of high-achieving adults—in both lifestyle and scholarship.
Advanced Placement & Honors Classes
College grows more and more competitive every year. Classes are harder and Majors require commitment early in order to finish within four years. To help students be better prepared for college and begin accumulating valuable college credit, we offer a wide range of Advance Placement (AP) classes across nearly every discipline at our school. Students can begin their collegiate career knowing they’ve taken important steps in not only preparing for the rigors of a college classroom, but for completing their degree in a manageable timeline.
In addition to a large load of AP classes, we also offer honors courses for nearly every class in our curriculum. Students can be challenged regularly with an engaging course of study and be better prepared for the demands of college coursework. In addition to their regular studies, students will begin to learn the value of self-reliance, autonomy and accountability as they navigate an enriching honors curriculum.
Minimum Credit Requirements for the Graduating Class of 2019+
Intro. to Intellectual Life
Senior Thesis Seminar
24 Total Credits
Seniors must take a minimum of 5 classes in core subject areas during their senior year.
Minimum Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
John Paul II graduates meet or exceed the minimum undergraduate admissions requirements at all 16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. These admission requirements consist of:
- A high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Four (4) course units in college preparatory English.
- Four (4) course units in mathematics, including Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, and a course beyond Algebra II
- Two (2) course units in social studies, including one (1) unit in U.S. History and one (1) unit in Government and Economics.
- Three (3) course units in science, including at least one (1) unit in Life/Biological Science, one (1) unit in a Physical Science, and at least one (1) Laboratory course.
- Two (2) course units in the same Foreign Language.
Individual constituent institutions may require other courses in addition to the minimum requirement and, therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offices of any institutions to which they plan to apply. In determining the admissibility of each applicant, constituent institutions also consider factors other than courses completed, such as high school grades, rank in class, scores on college entrance examinations, recommendations and student activities.
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Complete List of Courses
|Intro. to Intellectual Life||Freshman|
|Health/Physical Education||Freshman, Sophomore|
|Advanced Fitness||Junior, Senior|
|Senior Thesis Seminar (Capstone)||Senior|