The mission of the school is to further the spiritual growth and development of high school students in the Roman Catholic tradition in an environment where prayer and devotion to God can be freely expressed and students can reach their full human potential. John Paul II Catholic High School immerses young adults in a Catholic college preparatory high school community where scholarship is highly valued, faith is lived concretely, and the moral life is honored.
A deeper illustration of our school’s successful lifestyle of learning approach and the values that define it can be found on our Missions and Curriculum pages.
JPII is a regional diocesan high school and attracts students from across eastern North Carolina from Farmville, Havelock, New Bern, Vanceboro, and Washington. Our inclusive atmosphere, accessibility, and emphasis on exploration makes us a true representation of our region’s diversity.
There were currently more than 150 students enrolled at JPII in 2020-2021 with around 200 expected for the 2021-2022 school year. The projection is to increase each class size to 60 or more students per grade.
JPII includes and exceeds North Carolina high school academic standards. Not only do we conduct academic rigor in this classroom, but as an alternative to public school we provide a lifestyle of learning that extends to student life, athletics, and spiritual life. JPII prides itself on the education of each aspect of the student, of the mind, body, and spirit. This is an effective practice of college preparation that cannot be found solely in a traditional classroom setting, and provides a multi-faceted college preparation experience. We also offer unique collegiate preparation courses that teach effective academic skills, like study habits, writing, researching, and presentation. Additionally, we offer a senior thesis seminar as a capstone course as well as a senior internship experience. Our curriculum is designed for students to attain acceptance and achieve success at the college of his/her choice.
Theology classes are taught each of the four (4) years at JPII. In addition, weekly Mass service is celebrated together as a school. We seek to live the liturgical calendar. JPII is an inclusive environment that prides itself as a diverse representation of its region. Students of all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome at JPII, and may participate in confession and weekly Mass. Our theology courses study a multitude of worldwide religions and their beliefs in order for the student to explore and strengthen their own perspective of faith. Seniors conduct a capstone thesis project that uses academic writing, research, and discussion to explore a philosophical dilemma in religion and reason.
A cost-based tuition fee schedule is used to fund day to day school operations. This is supplemented by an energetic fundraising program.
Currently, tuition is set at $7,500/year with additional enrollment (registration and academic materials) fees. Complete details can be found on the Tuition/Fees/Aid page.
An independent needs analysis program (Smart Aid) is used to help determine if a student may qualify for financial assistance. Within the limits of our funding, we try to make a Catholic high school education available to all who desire this opportunity. Financing options are also available from Your Tuition Solution.
Our college prep program includes:
a college admissions advisor who provides personal assistance for college applications and securing scholarships
freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the PSAT in the fall during the school day
freshmen and sophomores take the PreACT and juniors take the ACT in the spring during the school day
access to Scoir, a web-based research and planning tool that manages the entire college planning, application, and decision process
Yes. Academic and college counseling services are offered. Individual faculty advising begins in the 9th grade. Each student receives personalized guidance through high school in order to explore their opportunities and attend the college of their choice.
Electives are determined by student demand. Some current electives include art, anatomy and physiology, engineering design lab, forensics, psychology, sociology, and yearbook.
JPII currently fields teams in:
cross country (M&W)
Our student-athletes practice and compete at a sports complex that includes a 600-seat gymnasium, baseball field, softball field, a 900-seat stadium for football, lacrosse, and soccer, field house with indoor batting cages, and beach volleyball courts.
All students are encouraged to participate in one or more sports programs.
JPII TRANSITIONED TO AN INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC SCHOOL ON JULY 1, 2021