Academics at John Paul II
The academic program at John Paul II prepares students for the rigors of college coursework and life after graduation by fostering a spirit of self-discovery, independence and service. Our highly qualified faculty and low student-to-teacher ratio allow students to receive all of the individualized attention they need to foster their unique interests and discover ways they’ll serve Christ and the world in which they live.
John Paul II at a Glance
- 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Every student receives a personal iPad
- Coming summer 2017: a dedicated science lab for hands-on, STEM-related classes, including chemistry, biology and physics
- Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- 100% of teachers hold advanced degrees, and most have postsecondary degrees
- Numerous relevant elective opportunities, such as anatomy, physiology and sociology
- Semester-long senior internships
Freshman Intellectual Life
To better equip students for their future as a college student, every freshman takes Introduction to Intellectual Life. Students will learn vital skills such as proper study habits, how to write a scholarly essay and how to perform meaningful research.
Senior Thesis Seminar
A capstone philosophy course, the Senior Thesis Seminar is a requirement for graduation in which students write, present and defend a thesis paper with their faculty thesis advisors. Students experience the compatibility and complementarity of faith and reason in a seminar in which they are challenged with meaningful texts and deepen their understanding of those texts by discussions that follow the Socratic method.