I think that for the cost of tuition, John Carroll really isn't worth the money. You can get a far better education at a public school such as Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, etc, as well as more opportunities to excel academically. For a private school with over 600 students the technology is far behind as well as sub par facilities (constant leaks,heat outages). Unless you have your mind set on a catholic education there are far better options. And if your son or daughter is considering a future in athletics other than soccer, this definitely is not the place to go. Save your money I wish I had
We have sent our 3 children to JCCHS- our youngest is currently a freshman- our experience there has been a very positive one- academically strong, with a fairly diverse student body for a private school nested in Homewood and with a moderate access to extra-curricular activities. Our 2 oldest received quite sizable academic scholarships to competitive colleges. The main reason to consider JC as a school for your child is for the chance to get a solid education academically within a strong faith based milieu. There are few schools in the BHM area that are stronger academically- but not too many- and I was certainly impressed by the life lessons our kids were taught there. It is a very good school if your goal is for your kid to graduate a well rounded young man/woman. As for the comments about people being stuck up- I disagree- there are very wealthy kids that attend JC, but I think most of the student body is middle class and salt of the Earth kind of people. As for the cost- a significant part of it you recoup by the use of uniforms (anyone who has a daughter knows this) and in the college scholarship money they'll get if they are serious students (we came out well ahead!).
I have a just-graduated senior, and a second child currently attending JCCHS. One of my children is special needs, so I think my experience is pretty broad. First of all this is a good school, run by good, Christian people who emphasize building the moral side of students. My experience has been that they will do the right thing. The biggest issue I have with the school is the high turnover rate, which tends to bring in too many young, inexperienced teachers. Those teachers can wreck a kid's GPA. They know one way to teach, and lack the confidence to try other approaches than the one they were taught in college. Of course, there are exceptions--but in general I've found this to be the case. JCCHS is a good environment, but don't expect it to be perfect. There is a little bit of everything you'd see in any other high school--the difference being that the administration has more options to deal with it. Academically, I am convinced the graduates are better prepared than many from the public school system. In the class of 2014 there were over $9 million in scholarships offered. My child received a full tuition scholarship and graduated with an advanced degree and high honors.