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As soon as a student sets foot on our grounds, they join the close-knit community of John Paul II, in which personal support is key to our success—as singular students and as a class body. We provide individual guidance to all of our students, planning with them from the beginning to be accepted to their college of choice and encouraging them to fulfill their potential. Personal college guidance with faculty advisors begins in the 9th grade to help plan the student’s course of study and match their interests to opportunities for self-discovery.
Our curriculum is designed to give students a significant advantage before even reaching a college campus. We have a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1, and small class sizes allow each student personal attention for them to receive a more individualized experience than a traditional classroom setting. Theology courses across all four years and class instruction based on the Socratic Method develop critical thinking and discussion skills necessary for formal academic environments.
Outside of the classroom—as well as within—we urge students to participate in as varied courses as they wish, whether it be an elective course or student organization. This personal encouragement to delve into each student’s curiosities extends to student life and athletics, which forms the basis of our curriculum: creating well-rounded students with a lifestyle of learning. The key to college preparation is fostering the growth of the student as a whole. John Paul II graduates are prepared for the world, not just for the next test. As such, JPII’s approach to education is to educate the student’s mind, body, and spirit. A young scholar with professional experience, confidence in their abilities and passions, aptitude in leadership and partnership, and an unwavering bond with their spirituality will be excellently equipped for the college environment, an atmosphere that encompasses far more than the classroom.
College Preparation in our Curriculum
At the foundation of our curriculum lies the tools for students to prepare for the college of their choice. As well as developing a student well-versed in a variety of areas, we emphasize preparation for a collegiate career through the rigor of our coursework. We dedicate an entire year of study for the transition from high school to college for our students. The first three years of courses are taught in a traditional classroom setting while the senior year is used to gain academic and professional experience. Within their senior year as well as throughout the four year program, students will engage in specially-designed classes to guide them in the skills that will give them the ad to succeed in college:
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 complimentary 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.
Our wide array of Honors, AP, and other preparatory courses have served our graduates well as they have entered the next step [hyperlink to the “College Placement” page.] in their academic career. The promise of excellence in our graduates’ futures represents John Paul II’s pride in its lifestyle of learning model and our students!
- 100% college acceptance
- This year’s graduates averaged nearly $50,000 per student in scholarships
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.